2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

181.6” x 51.8”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Notable features

  • V-6, V-8 and V-12 engines
  • Retractable-hardtop convertible
  • Two seats
  • AMG performance versions
  • Hands-free trunk-lid operation standard

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class review: Our expert's take

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Real head turner with the top up or down

Sl400 is really a great car, comfortable, fast, reliable, well put together, little low to the ground so a little harder to get in and out of but once inside the car you don’t feel like it low and lot of room inside, love this car.


Awesome ride.

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.


Sleek design, very advanced

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 ride and is very fast. I would say if I could go back I would spec out a SL400 for her because she doesnt need, or use the 449 hp and 513 lb of torque. I couldlve saved 20k. With all the technology on it it can sometimes get confusing but over time Ive figured it out. If you are looking for a great GT car this is it, but if you are looking for a sports car, this isnt it. Buy a AMG GT.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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