I drove the E350 home one early May evening at 10:30 p.m., when it was 54 degrees. I had the windows up, the air deflector at the windshield deployed, the seat heater on, and the Air Scarf on the highest of its three settings, and I was very comfortable. There was just a slight breeze on the top of my head, but the cocoon that Mercedes set out to provide to the passengers of the E-class cabrio worked quite well. For those people who really, really want to extend the top-down season, this ability will be key. Mercedes-Benz's obsession with creating this perfect top-down environment, though, provides a strong clue to this car's purpose in life: for four people to waft along in comfort and safety, not for a keen driver to storm back roads.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor