2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Buick Cascada

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Camaro’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cascada doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cascada doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the Cascada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 47 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cascada’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.

Engine

The Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 75 more horsepower (275 vs. 200) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 135 more horsepower (335 vs. 200) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 255 more horsepower (455 vs. 200) and 234 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 450 more horsepower (650 vs. 200) and 429 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the Buick Cascada (automatics tested):

Camaro V6

Camaro LT1/SS

Cascada

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

3.9 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.5 sec

8.9 sec

25 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

12.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

116 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro Auto turbo 4-cylinder gets better fuel mileage than the Cascada (22 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Cascada doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cascada (19 vs. 14.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cascada doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Cascada doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Cascada.

The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Cascada doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cascada:

Camaro ZL1

Cascada

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.5 inches

The Camaro SS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cascada are solid, not vented.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Cascada:

Camaro

Cascada

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

119 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cascada (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 245/40R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cascada’s 40 series tires.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cascada doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Cascada doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Chevrolet Camaro has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Cascada has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Camaro has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Camaro flat and controlled during cornering. The Cascada’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Cascada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Cascada (110.7 inches vs. 106.1 inches).

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Cascada’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the Cascada Premium pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Cascada’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Camaro ZL1’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Cascada’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 650 pounds less than the Buick Cascada.

Passenger Space

The Camaro Convertible has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cascada (85 vs. 82).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Cascada doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Cascada uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Camaro is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cascada. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Cascada doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cascada doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cascada does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cascada doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Camaro allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Cascada doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cascada’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cascada has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro (except LS/LT1) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cascada doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Camaro’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Cascada doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cascada doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Buick Cascada isn’t available as a coupe.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cascada is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Camaro will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camaro will retain 45.92% to 53.69% of its original price after five years, while the Cascada only retains 35.55% to 35.99%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Cascada because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Cascada, including $159 less for a water pump, $210 less for a muffler, $11 less for a starter, $30 less for front struts and $367 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cascada isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Cascada has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Cascada has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Cascada has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Buick Cascada by over 12 to one during 2018.

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