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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

$19,222 — $51,390 USED
Convertible
2 Seats
15-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Styling
  • Retractable hardtop
  • Rear visibility
  • Active Body Control suspension

The Bad

  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of sight
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  • Choice of V-8 engines
  • High-performance SL63 AMG model
  • Intelligent Light System on headlamps
  • mbrace telematics system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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...

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
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Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
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Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

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by Beachman701 on February 28, 2017

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(5.0)

drivable super car

by Ike from Denver co on August 24, 2012

the sound from this cars is intoxicating. Drives like it is on rails, decent mileage, and a rush every time you start it. Spend the money its worth it! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has not been tested.

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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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