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
Vehicle's Review History
Average overall score
for this vehicle, by year:
2013 models 90
2012 models 89
2011 models 91
2009 models 87
2008 models 90

MSN Autos

10/31/12
2012-10-31
93
100

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Marc Lachapelle Marc Lachapelle Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The SL roadster has always been thought to offer the ideal combination of style, performance and luxury. With this new SL 550, the sixth generation of the SL-Class has made a grand entrance.

Edmunds.com

03/09/12
2012-03-09
93
100

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Scott Oldham Scott Oldham Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Mercedes has managed to improve the SL’s comfort, its dynamics, its safety and its performance, while also increasing its efficiency. This really is grand touring at its best.

Road & Track

04/18/12
2012-04-18
92
100

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John Lamm John Lamm 7.0 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

With the 2013 SL, we’re back to added muscles, broader shoulders and a more forceful face. Needless to say, the SL is comfortable with the top up, but the surprise is how cozy it is with the top down.

Consumer Guide

04/24/12
2012-04-24
92
100

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Ed Piotrowski Ed Piotrowski Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SL has come to represent style and luxury. The 2013 edition continues in that fine tradition, with excellent performance and a first-class interior. If you’re a big shot and want to show it, the SL is a fine choice that’s impeccably finished and delightful to drive.

Motor Trend

05/15/12
2012-05-15
91
100

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Nate Martinez Nate Martinez Score Pending 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Mercedes-Benz has stayed true to the SL’s roots, crafting a lighter, more powerful, more fuel-efficient roadster that’s as comfortable and classy as it is attention-getting and absurdly quick.

Edmunds.com

06/29/12
2012-06-29
91
100

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Mike Monticello Mike Monticello 6.6 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

Effortless performance, proper luxury and trend-setting technology make the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class as iconic as its predecessors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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