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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mercedes Benz Sl Class 2012

Nothing says true sport luxury like a Mercedes hardtop convertible, and the SL more than delivers on the name’s promises. While both the SL and its sibling, the SLK, offer superior luxury, handling, and comfort, the SL boasts the traditional MB front end as well as a bit of leftover cargo room even when the top is down. Even though other hard-tops have arrived on the scene to compete with Mercedes’ classic convertible, the SL remains a mainstay in the luxury open-air driving arena.

Key Features

Mercedes has the standards more than covered in this model – from pure pleasure in the 510-watt stereo system to safety in the automatic rollover protection system, all the way to savvy tech features like hard-drive based navigation – there is no shortage of included extras. Optional luxuries include power closing trunk, keyless start, ventilated seats, and Parktronic park assist.

Changes for 2012

Not much was changed for model year 2012, aside from the V12s being eliminated from the lineup.

What We Like

Yes, the SL offers luxury and the ability to show off one’s status and wealth, but above and beyond just the MB name, this roadster offers fun, sporty driving and a sure-footed feel even in surprise situations on the road. The 7 remaining cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk when the top is down allows for a little bit of leeway in picking things up along the journey, and the available panoramic glass roof makes for a unique twist on an old favorite.

What Concerns Us

Even though the size of the SL is modest, the price tag most certainly is not. There’s no doubt about it – if you’re not into flash and just plain fun driving for fun driving’s sake, this might not be the car for you. In addition, despite the bevy of automated tech inside the cockpit, the COMAND control system can be less than intuitive, requiring a bit of a learning curve to get used to.

Available Models

The SL550 is powered by a 5.5L V8 7-speed automatic with 391 lb.-ft. of torque, 382 HP, and 14/22 mpg.

The SL63 AMG offers up a 6.2L supercharged V8 7-speed automatic with 465 lb.-ft. of torque, 518 HP, and 12/19 mpg.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Common Issues

There are no reported issues available on this model.

Mercedes Benz Sl Class 2012 Interior

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