2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Mercedes‑Benz SL‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Retractable hardtop
  • Rear visibility
  • Intuitive Comand menus
  • Active Body Control suspension

The Bad

  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of vision
  • Troubled reliability record

Notable Features of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • V-8 and V-12 engines
  • SL550 Night Edition
  • Intelligent Light System
  • New &quot
  • mbrace&quot
  • telematics system

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster competes in the upper-crust sport-luxury market with the likes of the Cadillac XLR and Jaguar XK convertible.

Three models return: the V-8-powered SL550, the performance-oriented SL63 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V-8 and the SL65 AMG with a twin-turbo V-12.


New for 2011
All models receive an advanced tire pressure monitoring system, HD radio and Sirius traffic info. In addition, the SL comes with "mbrace," a new telematics system with features such as the ability to connect to the car with a smartphone to lock and unlock doors.

Mercedes is offering 100 SL550 Night Edition models with matte-finish black paint; 19-inch AMG wheels with a two-tone, high-gloss finish; silver front brake calipers; and interior accents.

The V-12-powered SL600 has been discontinued.


Exterior
The front is characterized by angular headlights that are a bit sinister, a larger grille bisected by a single, bold cross-member and a large Mercedes star logo. The hood is domed and creased to carry the line from those shapes. An optional Intelligent Light System has five modes for different driving situations. In addition to the more common active (swiveling) and cornering light modes are Country mode, Motorway mode and enhanced fog lamps.
  • Power retractable hardtop
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on SL550
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels on SL63 and SL65
  • Standard bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional Intelligent Light System


Interior
The SL has leather-trimmed seats for tw...
Vehicle Overview
The SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster competes in the upper-crust sport-luxury market with the likes of the Cadillac XLR and Jaguar XK convertible.

Three models return: the V-8-powered SL550, the performance-oriented SL63 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V-8 and the SL65 AMG with a twin-turbo V-12.


New for 2011
All models receive an advanced tire pressure monitoring system, HD radio and Sirius traffic info. In addition, the SL comes with "mbrace," a new telematics system with features such as the ability to connect to the car with a smartphone to lock and unlock doors.

Mercedes is offering 100 SL550 Night Edition models with matte-finish black paint; 19-inch AMG wheels with a two-tone, high-gloss finish; silver front brake calipers; and interior accents.

The V-12-powered SL600 has been discontinued.


Exterior
The front is characterized by angular headlights that are a bit sinister, a larger grille bisected by a single, bold cross-member and a large Mercedes star logo. The hood is domed and creased to carry the line from those shapes. An optional Intelligent Light System has five modes for different driving situations. In addition to the more common active (swiveling) and cornering light modes are Country mode, Motorway mode and enhanced fog lamps.
  • Power retractable hardtop
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on SL550
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels on SL63 and SL65
  • Standard bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional Intelligent Light System


Interior
The SL has leather-trimmed seats for two and a long list of comfort and convenience features to justify its lofty price, including the Comand system. Comand has an optional Universal Consumer Interface — a port that accepts portable music players and flash memory and controls them through the stereo, complete with onscreen menus. Bluetooth phone functionality and the option of watching DVDs on the screen (when the car is parked) are also added.

An interesting option is Airscarf, two small fans incorporated into each head restraint that blow warm air at the occupant's neck. Mercedes says the objective is to "extend the open-air driving season."
  • "Mbrace" telematics system
  • Voice-activated Comand system with 8-inch dash screen and center console control knob
  • Beverage cooler in glove box
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system


Under the Hood
The SL550 has a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8. The SL63 AMG's 6.2-liter V-8 makes 518 hp, and the SL65 AMG's twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 generates 604 hp. All versions are rear-wheel drive.
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (SL550, SL63)
  • Five-speed automatic (SL65)
  • Standard active suspension system (Active Body Control)
  • Optional Direct Steer system


Safety
The SL-Class' standard safety features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Driver's side knee airbag
  • Popup roll bar
  • Active head restraints



Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Not very comfy at 6'1

by Andrei from Chicago, IL on July 22, 2017

I got my dream car! Finally can afford it after 5 years of depreciation! It's definitely the best convertible out there, if driven 1-2 hours at a time. Anything more than that would give me back pain. ... Read full review

(5.0)

SL 63 -- Truly a Gentlemans supercar

by FranCurran from Westwood,MA on April 5, 2017

2011 SL63-- when you are looking for a supercar, but dont want the stiff ride that rattles your teeth, the SL63 is the answer. 518hp, paddle shift, unbelievable get up and go, an exhaust note that ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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-Class 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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