• (4.3) 7 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $25,713–$51,309
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 2
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Reviews

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.

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

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

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


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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

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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