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The luxurious SL is comfortable and quiet yet sporty, making it a delight to drive. This high-performance grand-touring roadster has a retractable hardtop.
With the roof closed, it's as quiet as a luxury sedan, and when open, wind buffeting is minimal. One slick feature is a roof panel that offers varying degrees of opacity. The SL is a comfortable cruiser yet doesn't shy away from spirited driving. The entry-level SL450's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic. The next step up the SL ladder, the SL550, is powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers smooth, effortless power. More powerful and expensive AMG versions are also available. Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning.
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2012-2019
2012 Redesign Year
This generation brought a significantly revised car, one that is wider, longer and fitted with a host of high-tech safety features. While we appreciate the outstanding fit, finish and creature comforts, the look of this version of the SL leaves us somewhat cold.
The previous design looks much better. With that said, exceptionally powerful turbocharged V8 and V12 engines are offered, along with an adjustable-opacity feature for the folding hardtop. Practically every known electronic driver's assistance safety feature is also available. Ride quality and handling are unsurpassed, with the SL performing like a much smaller and lighter sports car when called upon to do so, while providing outstanding smoothness and ride comfort when it is required.
$70,125 - $120,400
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$59,250 - $102,675
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$51,600 - $89,625
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$37,700 - $75,875
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$32,200 - $65,750
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$36,350 - $56,275
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$32,375 - $46,400
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$27,250 - $39,800
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2007-2011
2007 Redesign Year
The 2007 redesign made the car sportier to drive despite its size and weight. The folding hardtop transforms the SL from a quiet and refined two-seat coupe into a convertible at the touch of a button.
Still though, we found room for improvement in the transmission, some of the interior details, and the controls. Fit, finish and seat comfort are excellent, as is the equipment level and the overall style of the car.
$22,925 - $30,675
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$18,575 - $24,200
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$14,625 - $19,150
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$12,525 - $17,000
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2003-2006
2003 Redesign Year
This premium two-seat roadster, with its folding hardtop, manages to combine both sporty handling and a decent ride. The V8 engine is strong and responsive.
Handling is agile, with direct steering. Fit, finish and seat comfort are excellent, but some of the controls are overly complicated. Sleek styling, an abundance of luxury equipment, and outstanding over the road dynamics make this version of the Mercedes-Benz SL one of the most desirable two-seat automobiles offered.
$10,975 - $15,475
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$10,500 - $14,000
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$9,650 - $13,375
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$8,800 - $12,425
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1996-2000
The 1990-2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class offered six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engine choices. These cars could be had with most any luxury and safety feature, such as dual-zone climate control, HID headlights, and stability control.
$6,475 - $6,825
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$7,625 - $8,300
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$8,175 - $8,925
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