2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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9 reviews
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Available Price Range $20,260-$38,432 Trims3 Combined MPG 23-27 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Our Take

Redesigned for 2012, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but it can now come with Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with var... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride over rough pavement
  • Accelerator lag
  • Inconsistent steering
  • Seat comfort
  • Slow convertible top

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Turbo four-cylinder (SLK250), V-6 (SLK350) or V-8 (SLK55 AMG)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual (SLK250) or automatic (all)
  • Standard power-retractable hardtop
  • New variable-tint moonroof


Our Expert Reviews

The 2012 Mercedes SLK looks sharper than ever, with driving and luxury to match.Since the Mercedes-Benz SLK made its debut, its styling has been writing checks the rest of the car couldn't cash. The 2012 redesign has improved the SLK in many respects. Driving enthusiasts will still lean toward a BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster, which outperform the SLK at the extremes, but the gap is closing.The... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

Fun drive

by Wookie from Elgin, IL on November 29, 2011

Purchased the car a couple of monts ago and so far I have greatly enjoyed it. No complaints so far and my wife also enjoys the top down cruises. I just retired and I am looking forward to the get-a-ways. Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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