Mercedes-Benz SLK Road Test

Model Year Summary
The SLK features a retractable hard top that does a great job at keeping the interior quiet. The base SLK250 we tested had a 1.8-liter, turbo four-cylinder that delivered ample thrust and retuned 26 mpg overall. For 2016 it is replaced by a more powerful SLK300 that uses the same 2.0-liter engine as in the C300 sedan, but with a nine-speed automatic. The more powerful V6 and V8 engines use a seven-speed automatic. Handling is crisp and enjoyable, with rock-solid body control and communicative steering. It can be both challenging and rewarding when driven on a track. The ride is firm but refined enough even for lengthy trips. The tight cabin is well-finished, with excellent seats that feature warm air-vents in the headrests to keep your neck warm during chilly top-down drives.

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All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

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