Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

90
Priced From $102,600
MPG 18.0
Styles Reviewed
ConvertibleConvertible

Wall Street Journal

04/13/12
2012-04-13
86
100

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Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Fast, elegant, swimming in technical comforts and refinements, the SL is a world-class piece of machinery. It would be nice if the outside reflected the soulful beauties inside.

Automobile Magazine

04/12/12
2012-04-12
87
100

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Jason Cammisa Jason Cammisa 7.0 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

A sports car it most certainly is not, but if you need to cover huge amounts of ground quickly, comfortably, safely, and in grand style, the SL remains a remarkably comfortable and capable, if not rewarding, grand tourer in a class of one.

Los Angeles Times

07/12/12
2012-07-12
88
100

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David Undercoffler David Undercoffler Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

So even if you find the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 odd to look at, dull to drive hard and aggressively expensive, remember that it moves through long road trips with fantastic aplomb while keeping passengers in uncompromised comfort.

MotorAuthority.com

01/28/12
2012-01-28
88
100

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Viknesh Vijayenthiran Viknesh Vijayenthiran Score Pending 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The 2012 SL Class is still every bit as lovely and talented as when it made its debut almost a decade ago. Yes, the SL has a timeless design that will likely ensure it turns heads even well into the next model’s run.

Cars.com

08/17/12
2012-08-17
88
100

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Joe Wiesenfelder Joe Wiesenfelder 8.2 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is quick — as is its signature retractable hardtop — yet it shines as a luxurious touring roadster. But it isn’t cheap, and the lack of basic standard features certainly annoys.

LeftLane News

04/24/12
2012-04-24
88
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Constantly improving, the sporty Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop convertible offers the best of all worlds and feels at home anywhere from the office to the racetrack to the country club and back, sometimes all in the same day.

New Car Test Drive

05/31/12
2012-05-31
88
100

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Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 7.3 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is more powerful and efficient, and the lighter weight makes it sportier. The SL550 isn’t a full-on sports car, though. It’s a more relaxed grand tourer that offers very capable handling, but is also tame in traffic.

Detroit Free Press

09/27/12
2012-09-27
88
100

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Mark Phelan Mark Phelan Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

For decades, each new Mercedes SL was a milestone. They were benchmarks, cars other luxury roadsters would target but fail to equal. The 2013 SL doesn’t reach those heights, but it’s a step in the right direction.

AutoWeek

04/26/12
2012-04-26
89
100

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Barry Winfield Barry Winfield 7.2 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

It’s hard to find fault with a solidly built, comprehensively equipped luxury convertible such as the SL. With plenty of space inside, the car provides a welcome sense of privilege along with a palpable impression of mechanical sophistication.

Bloomberg News

10/10/12
2012-10-10
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

In the sports car world, the SL has always been a bit of an anomaly. You own an SL to project a sense of well-being and being well off. But as a true-blue sports car, it falls short. Don’t expect a supreme road carver — it would ruffle your coiffed hair.

CNET.com

08/08/12
2012-08-08
90
100

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Antuan Goodwin Antuan Goodwin 7.2 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The SL550 is a brilliant automobile. It costs a pretty penny, but cars like the SL550 Roadster are all about a feeling, not a value, and this Roadster feels like it’s worth it.

Edmunds.com

10/20/11
2011-10-20
91
100

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Extravagant in performance, appointments and price, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a worthy icon, even if it’s aging and about to be redesigned.

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