2011 MercedesBenz E350 Cabriolet Test drive and new car review…

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The Bottom Line


top controls and operation

Amazingly for a soft-top

Maneuverable and enjoyable to


Small trunk and seat

Rivals do the job just as at significantly lower prices

Cabriolet is the convertible version of the new replaces CLK-Class

Price $57,725 — 81,220; as tested $69,475

Powertrain: 3.5 V6, 268 hp/258 lb-ft or 5.5 liter V8, 382 lb-ft, 7-speed automatic,

EPA fuel economy estimates: 17 MPG MPG highway

Observed fuel economy: MPG

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Best rivals: BMW 3-series. A5

Guide Review — Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet

of the factors that endeared the sedan to me have made it to the E convertible: Handsome styling, interior appointments, and a great of useful techno-gadgets. Handling is and the turning circle is amazingly although the ride isn’t as as the four-door’s due to the shorter wheelbase. hard-top convertibles are in vogue, the uses a good old-fashioned top. Not that you’d from inside: With the top up, my tester was as quiet as any metal-roof I’ve driven. With the top and the windows up, I could easily on a conversation with my passenger or to an audio book on the stereo. And you can and lower the top at speeds up to 25 MPH, a convenience.

Convertibles require extra bracing to make up for the stiffness provided by the roof. Mercedes did a job; top up or down, the E350 feels as stiff as the sedan and gain from the extra is moderate, which means the 268 hp V6 in the provides more than power. (For those who more speed, the E550 a 382 hp V8.)

Other thoughtful touches storage nets just the rear seats for securing odds and ends that fly out of the car when the roof is down; a for the convertible top switch so it won’t up in the sunlight; and the optional Air Scarf which blows warm air on the neck.

But not all is sweetness and light for the Cabrio. The back seat is with only enough for children and short adults, and the is small: 11.5 cubic and that’s with the top up. Lowering the requires pulling down a that shrinks that to 8.8 cubic feet. A medium-sized will just barely fit the divider, and a full duffel bag make it.

The Cabriolet has a fancy two-piece blocker; push a button and a above the windshield pops up, the rear headrests rise with a section of netting them. This setup block much wind, but it block visibility in the rear mirror (see photo ). with the top up, the retracted wind blots out about half of the window.

Much as I enjoyed my time the E350 convertible, if I were I’d seriously consider a BMW instead. It’s just as the trunk (though smaller) is to pack, and it has a metal roof, means thieves can’t their way in. Technically, the 3-series is a down from the E, but it does the job as well, plus it starts at $45,875 versus $57,725 for the (My nicely-optioned test car rang the at almost $70k!) I’d check out the $42,875 Audi A5 which is not as well-appointed but is one of the best-designed on the market. That said, the BMW and are functional where the Mercedes is If ambiance is important, the Mercedes is the choice. — Aaron

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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