2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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15 reviews
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Available Price Range $8,237-$35,773 Trims4 Combined MPG 15-19 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take

After 12 years in its previous form, a wholly restyled Mercedes-Benz SL500 two-seat convertible went on sale as an early 2003 model. Unlike the prior SL-Class, which had a fabric top, the 2003 vers... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Navigation-system display
  • Minimal trunk space
  • Control layout
  • Price

Notable Features

  • Retractable roof
  • 604-hp V-12 in new SL65 AMG
  • 493-hp V-8 in SL55 AMG
  • 493-hp V-12 in SL600
  • Seven-speed automatic in SL500
  • Active Body Control active suspension


Our Expert Reviews

There is something distinctly epochal about the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, the twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder, 604-horsepower version of the company's quantum-luxury roadster. More powerful than the Ford GT and quicker than a Ferrari 360, the SL65 - an SL600 with gene-doping enhancement by AMG, the company's tuner division - feels like a final, conflict-ending fusillade in the decade-lon... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 15 reviews

Best convertible ever

by BlackSL55AMG from Seattle, WA on August 30, 2011

I started looking for a hard top convertible at the beginning of the year and settled on the Mercedes SL class after driving many others (including the SLK series). From there, it was just a quest to ... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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