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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

$49,010 — $86,626 USED
Convertible
2 Seats
19-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

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

The Bad

  • A bit noisy inside for a hardtop
  • Heavy
  • Understeer
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  • V-6, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Two seats
  • AMG performance versions
  • Hands-free trunk-lid operation standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The two-seat SL-Class, a retractable-hardtop convertible, is constructed mostly of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines in luxury guise and with V-8 or V-12 power in AMG performance models. The SL competes with four-seaters like the BMW 6 Series.

(Skip to details on the: SL63/SL65 AMG
New for 2016
Horsepower for the SL550’s V-8 jumps by 20 to 449 hp. Mercedes will offer 400 units of a Mille Miglia Edition with unique paint and trim to commemorate the brand’s exploits in the Italian open-road, 1,000-mile endurance race.
Significant Standard Features

  • Power-retractable hardtop
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses
  • Heated and ventilated leather seats
  • 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 by waving a foot under rear bumper
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 329-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine (SL400)
  • 449-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 (SL550)
  • Active Body Control active suspension
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system
  • Blind spot warning and lane keeping systems
  • Pre-Safe technology, which can autonomously stop the car if a collision is imminent 
  • Night visio...
Vehicle Overview

The two-seat SL-Class, a retractable-hardtop convertible, is constructed mostly of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines in luxury guise and with V-8 or V-12 power in AMG performance models. The SL competes with four-seaters like the BMW 6 Series.

(Skip to details on the: SL63/SL65 AMG
New for 2016
Horsepower for the SL550’s V-8 jumps by 20 to 449 hp. Mercedes will offer 400 units of a Mille Miglia Edition with unique paint and trim to commemorate the brand’s exploits in the Italian open-road, 1,000-mile endurance race.
Significant Standard Features

  • Power-retractable hardtop
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses
  • Heated and ventilated leather seats
  • 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 by waving a foot under rear bumper
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 329-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine (SL400)
  • 449-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 (SL550)
  • Active Body Control active suspension
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system
  • Blind spot warning and lane keeping systems
  • Pre-Safe technology, which can autonomously stop the car if a collision is imminent 
  • Night vision system

SL63/SL65 AMG
The AMG performance cars are available with a choice of power output. The SL63 uses a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 557 hp and 664 pounds-feet of torque. The SL65 boasts a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine that sends 738 pounds-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Both use a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the SL65 can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
What's Special

  • 557-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine (SL63)
  • 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine (SL65)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with driver-initiated shift modes
  • AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps 
  • AMG rear spoiler 
  • Heated, ventilated and massaging seats

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(5.0)

Awesome ride.

by SLK350 from Boiling Springs, SC on November 4, 2017

I have an SLK350 and want something newer/roomier. The SL is the perfect upgrade for me. Can't wait until I see the deal I like. Read full review

(5.0)

Sleek design, very advanced

by Carguy from Richmond, VA on May 2, 2017

I bought this vehicle for my wife. She fell in love with the look and I couldnt get her to look at any other cars. This is a great GT car and has EVERY creature comfort out there. Its a very smooth ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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