Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Buick Cascada Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Buick Cascada

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium’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 Mustang Premium’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 Mustang 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Cascada doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (300 vs. 200) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 110 more horsepower (310 vs. 200) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 235 more horsepower (435 vs. 200) and 179 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 221) than the Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

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


Mustang V6

Mustang ECOBoost


Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.2 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.4 sec

14.4 sec

25 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

13.9 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

98 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang ECOBoost Convertible Auto 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the Cascada (20 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cascada (15.5 vs. 14.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cascada (16 vs. 14.3 gallons).

The Mustang 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Mustang GT


Front Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.5 inches

The Mustang’s optional 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 Mustang stops much shorter than the Cascada:





70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

174 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cascada (265/35R20 vs. 245/40R20).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cascada’s 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Mustang 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 Mustang has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Mustang flat and controlled during cornering. The Cascada’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cascada doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Cascada.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Cascada’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Cascada’s (36.5 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Cascada.

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cascada doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cascada (84.5 vs. 82).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Cascada with its top down (11.4 vs. 9.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Cascada’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. 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 Mustang Premium’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 Mustang’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.

Intelligent Access standard on the Mustang 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.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cascada’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Cascada doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The Cascada has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The Cascada has never been an “All Star.”

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