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  • (5.0) 3 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $18,324–$57,288
  • 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
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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

2012 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 BMW 650i and Jaguar XK convertibles. It seats two people and is offered in V-8-powered SL550 and SL63 AMG forms.

New for 2012
The SL65 AMG has been discontinued, but there are no significant changes to the remaining models.
 
Exterior
The front is characterized by angular headlights that look a bit sinister, a 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 for the headlamps 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. Exterior features include:

  • Power retractable hardtop
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on SL550
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels on SL63 AMG
  • 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 multimedia 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 on-screen menus. Also included are Bluetooth phone functionality and the option of watching DVDs on the screen (when the car is parked).

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." Interior features include:

  • mbrace telematics system
  • Voice-activated Comand system with 8-inch dash screen
  • Beverage cooler in glove box
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo

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. All versions are rear-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard active suspension system (Active Body Control)
  • Optional Direct Steer system

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Pop-up roll bar
  • Active head restraints

 

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2 Trims Available

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Safety Ratings

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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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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.

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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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