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Open Top Deluxe
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet
A three-quarter rear view of a gray 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Cabriolet

In short: A classic midsize convertible.

The CLK350 offers a good compromise. It has style, with a classic soft top and abundant sport ability. While the 550 has a V8 engine capable of a track-going 382 hp, the trusty V6 in our tester, coupled with the seven-speed touch shift transmission, delivers plenty of opportunities to annoy the authorities. We never felt a lack of power. The auto is easy to drive and maneuvers admirably in tight situations. You can take it on the open road as well, and not be disappointed.

If you are in the market for a good year-round convertible that can sit four passengers, then you should consider a test drive. With ten-way power adjustable front seats with three-position memory sharing, this stylish (note the hand polished wood trim) ride is made easy.

You are seventeen seconds away from sunshine with wind in your hair. Once closed, the soft top provides total comfort and good sound proofing. Be independent with a digital, dual-zone automatic climate control system complete with a dust and pollen filter. There are plenty of other goodies, which are too many to enumerate here. We are confident the Mercedes-Benz CLK350 will give you plenty of satisfaction.

Read a review of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK350

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty

Base Price: $54,200 /As tested: $62,870

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 268 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2400-5000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3845 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 183.2/68.5/54.4 in
Turning circle: 35.3 ft

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (governed)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Safety: front air bags, front side head air bags, automatic pop-up roll bars, Tele Aid emergency calling service

Likes: quick top operation; ease of driving
Dislikes: price, smallish trunk

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PSV020708 (Updated 04/23/08 SCV)