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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Available Price Range $23,106-$71,234 Trims2 Combined MPG 15-18 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take

The SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster competes in the upper-crust sport-luxury market with the likes of the BMW 650i and Jaguar XK convertibles. It seats two people and is offered in V-8-powered SL550 and SL63 AMG forms. The SL65 AMG has been discontinued, but there are no significant change... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of sight

Notable Features

  • Choice of V-8 engines
  • High-performance SL63 AMG model
  • Intelligent Light System on headlamps
  • mbrace telematics system

Reviews

Consumer Reviews

5.0

Average based on 2 reviews

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Absolutely perfect car

by Nick from San Francisco on November 19, 2011

I own 2011 SL 550 for just over 1 year right now. I put total of 10,000 miles in it and I am falling in love with this car more and more every day. It took me a while to understand and feel the benefi... Read Full Review

2 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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