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Mercedes-Benz open top braves the cold

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet.

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Typical for a convertible, the E550 Cabriolet is a two-door. Because of the lack of B pillars, extenders automatically push the seatbelts out within reach of driver and front passenger.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet
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Convertibles are a blast in sunny weather but lose their charm on cold, rainy days. Mercedes-Benz couldn't do anything about the rain, but the E550 Cabriolet is still comfortable when it is cold out. Heated seats and its Air Scarf technology, a system that blows warm air over your neck from the headrests, coddle the driver and front passenger in a cozy cocoon when the mercury drops.

Mercedes-Benz accentuates the E550 Cabriolet's other luxury appointments with some fairly impressive sport handling, giving the car an exciting edge.

Check out our 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet review.