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2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 450

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$88,200 — $88,200 MSRP
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Convertible
2 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.9) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Magic Sky Control roof
  • Trunk accessibility

The Bad

  • A bit noisy inside for a hardtop
  • Heavy
  • Understeer
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 450
  • V-6, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Two seats
  • AMG performance versions
  • Hands-free trunk-lid operation standard

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The two-seat Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, a retractable-hardtop convertible, is constructed mostly of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines in luxury guise, and with V-8 or V-12 power in AMG performance models. The SL competes with the BMW 6 Series.

New for 2018

A backup camera and side mirrors that project the Mercedes-Benz logo are now standard.

AMG SL63, SL65

AMG performance versions of the SL-Class are available with a choice of power output. The SL63 uses a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque. The SL65 boasts a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine that sends 738 pounds-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Both use a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the SL65 can go from zero-to-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. 

What's Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with driver-initiated shift modes
  • AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps 
  • AMG rear spoiler 
  • Heated, ventilated and massaging seats

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Best car and best dealership ever!!!

by HappyinVegas from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 1, 2018

This car is Fantastic! Stylish, comfortable, every possible safety feature, technologically advanced, fabulous sound system, and even a built in phone charger. The BRST car ever!!! Read full review

(5.0)

actually it's a 2017 with 9K miles

by md1944 from orlando, fl on October 18, 2018

great combination of luxury and sportiness. drives like a 2 seat sports car when top down, or a comfortable sedan with top up. great acceleration for a 6 cyl. pricey but well worth it. fills a unique ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SL 450 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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