2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz SL‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    429-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Magic Sky Control roof
  • Trunk accessibility

The Bad

  • A bit noisy inside for a hardtop
  • Heavy
  • Understeer

Notable Features of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Two seats
  • AMG performance versions
  • Hands-free trunk-lid operation

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Mercedes-Benz's two-seat SL-Class retractable-hardtop convertible is constructed almost entirely out of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-8 or V-12 power. The SL-Class competes with four-seaters like the BMW 6 Series and Jaguar XK convertibles.

(Skip to details on the: SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG)

New for 2014
There are no significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses
  • Power-retractable hardtop
  • Two available tops: a glass roof or one that features Magic Sky Control that can change from transparent to opaque
  • Magic Vision Control special heated wiper blades that spray washer fluid in their own path to avoid spraying occupants when the top is down

Interior Highlights

  • Heated and ventilated leather seats
  • Genuine wood and metal trim
  • Harman Kardon stereo; available Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Comand multimedia system with navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Airscarf feature blows warm air at occupants' necks
  • Active Parking Assist maneuvers the car into a parking space automatically
  • Hands-free power trunk-lid opens or closes when you wave your foot under the rear bumper

Under the Hood

  • 429-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 engine (SL550)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Adaptive suspension; available ...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Mercedes-Benz's two-seat SL-Class retractable-hardtop convertible is constructed almost entirely out of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-8 or V-12 power. The SL-Class competes with four-seaters like the BMW 6 Series and Jaguar XK convertibles.

(Skip to details on the: SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG)

New for 2014
There are no significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses
  • Power-retractable hardtop
  • Two available tops: a glass roof or one that features Magic Sky Control that can change from transparent to opaque
  • Magic Vision Control special heated wiper blades that spray washer fluid in their own path to avoid spraying occupants when the top is down

Interior Highlights

  • Heated and ventilated leather seats
  • Genuine wood and metal trim
  • Harman Kardon stereo; available Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Comand multimedia system with navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Airscarf feature blows warm air at occupants' necks
  • Active Parking Assist maneuvers the car into a parking space automatically
  • Hands-free power trunk-lid opens or closes when you wave your foot under the rear bumper

Under the Hood

  • 429-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 engine (SL550)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Adaptive suspension; available Active Body Control active suspension

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • Active head restraints
  • Backup camera
  • Available blind spot warning and lane-keeping system
  • Available lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available Pre-Safe technology, which can autonomously stop the car if a collision is imminent

SL63 AMG
The SL63 AMG performance car is available with a choice of power output. The twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine produces 530 hp and 590 pounds-feet of torque in regular form while the available AMG Performance Package bumps output to 557 hp and 664 pounds-feet of torque.

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with driver-initiated shifting
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • Front apron with a large air dam
  • AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps
  • Unique grille
  • Side sill panels
  • AMG spoiler
  • Twin chrome tailpipes

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SL65 AMG
The SL65 AMG boasts a 621-hp, turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine that sends 738 pounds-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the car can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

  • Styled similarly to the SL63 AMG
  • High-polished chrome trim
  • AMG-specific LED daytime running lights
  • Body-colored, AMG-specific spoiler lip
  • AMG sport seats with carbon fiber trim
  • Analog clock designed by IWC Schaffhausen

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

This car is amazing. Sexy, beautiful.. I need

by Pammela Hamilton from Smyrna Ga. 30080 on March 24, 2018

Sexy, excitement in my life. Lots of sun , fun, and enjoyment. I'm one happy customer. Mr Colin you did an awesome job to make this customer happy. And I'm happy. Can't wait for delivery. Read full review

(5.0)

SL550

by Eric from Open Road, Bridgewater on November 28, 2014

I am very pleased with the SL550. The interior is a work of art. Ample engine power. Impressive tech. Convenient and thoughtful luxury features. Great sales and service experiences. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 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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