• (4.7) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $32,559$85,203
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 429-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 2
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take

Although the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class retractable-hardtop convertible was substantially upgraded in 2007, the 2013 model year marks its first complete redesign in 10 years. Constructed almost entirely out of aluminum and equipped with a new drivetrain, the SL550 is 275 pounds lighter and is more e... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Still a bit noisy inside for a hardtop
  • Still heavy overall
  • High price for two-seater
  • Backup camera optional
  • Controversial styling

Notable Features

  • First complete redesign in 10 years
  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Two seats
  • Smaller, more powerful engine
  • Improved mileage
  • Rear-wheel drive

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 7 reviews

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Entertaining Car

by Car Enthusiast from MI on December 20, 2012

The car handles better than my S8 with better pickup and better 0-60. The interior is very quiet with enough feedback from the road. Electronics are nice, B&O sound system sounds great. The display is... Read Full Review

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Safety

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Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

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

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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