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  • (4.7) 11 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $16,284–$36,224
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 2
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • New standard features and options
  • Turbo four-cylinder (SLK250), V-6 (SLK350) or V-8 (SLK55 AMG)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Manual (SLK250) or automatic (all)
  • Standard power-retractable hardtop

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but there's also the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency The SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK250 that can be had with a manual transmission, the 302-horsepower V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a big 5.5-liter V-8. Competitors to both cars include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2013
For 2013, all SLK models now come equipped with mbrace2 in-car technology and optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist. SLK350 models now come standard with features including heated seats, iPod/MP3 interface, remote-operated hardtop, Airscarf neck-heating system and a premium stereo with satellite radio. Fuel-saving Eco Start/Stop is also now standard on the 3.5-liter V-6.

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The SLK is  one of the shorter cars in its class. Like on the SLS-Class supercar, the SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights; a single chrome band divides it, with Mercedes' three-pointed star sitting front and center. Like many new luxury cars, the SLK uses LEDs in its taillights and daytime running lights. All SLKs feature a standard power-retracting hardtop with optional Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Other exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Standard power-retracting hardtop
  • Optional sport appearance package 
  • Optional adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers
  • Optional keyless access system
  • Available rear spoiler

A more shelf-like dashboard dominates the new SLK's two-seat interior; Mercedes says it used horizontal shapes to emphasize the car's width. A standard 5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and optional navigation displays. The automaker says the SLK's glove compartment is 26 percent larger than its predecessor. Trunk volume measures 10.1 cubic feet with the folding hardtop raised and 6.4 cubic feet with it lowered. Interior features include:

  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Standard aluminum trim; optional wood trim
  • Standard flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Optional wood-and-leather steering wheel
  • Available leather seats; heated seats optional
  • Optional neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks

Under the Hood
The SLK250 uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the SLK350 has a 3.5-liter V-6. Mercedes says the SLK250 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the SLK350 takes 5.4 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 229 pounds-feet of torque (SLK250)
  • 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque (SLK350)
  • SLK250 comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic; SLK350 comes only with the automatic
  • SLK350 has standard Eco Start/Stop fuel-saving technology

All SLKs come with eight airbags, including head-extending side airbags that deploy from the doors. Additional safety features include:

  • Available parking assist
  • Electronic stability control with traction control
  • Mbrace2 in-car telematics
  • Attention assist
  • Adaptive high-beam assist

The high-performance 2013 SLK55 AMG features the only V-8 powertrain offered on the roadster. The AMG model pairs with a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Like the four-cylinder and six-cylinder, which feature new fuel economy measures, the new V-8 is also more fuel efficient and more powerful than its predecessor.

The 5.5-liter V-8 gains fuel efficiency by implementing stop/start technology and cylinder deactivation and by using more lightweight aluminum in the casting of the powertrain.

Besides the V-8 powertrain, the AMG model distinguishes itself from the regular trims through AMG-specific aesthetic upgrades: light-alloy wheels, a large front air dam, ground effects kit, a spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes. The SLK55 AMG also features an optional AMG Handling Package that has a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and steering wheel, and package-specific 18-inch AMG wheels in either silver or matte black.

On the inside, the SLK55 AMG gets a center-console analog clock, aluminum trim and pedals, AMG-specific steering wheel, unique instrument cluster and sport bucket seats. The SLK55 also features a standard hardtop retractable roof with a full glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Back to top

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 11 reviews

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A miniature "crown jewel"

by jj from CA on December 10, 2017

Comfortable, quick, and "a looker." Fun to drive, even at the speed limit. a well built, BabyBenz

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3 Trims Available

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

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

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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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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