2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Flash drive

By Staff of MSN Autos

View Pictures:  2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550

The Mercedes-Benz SL550 is the smart choice. There may be similar cars from Germany and England but you'll never regret buying the SL550. It's a very sexy car. The exterior styling is flawless, the convertible hardtop is fast to open and attractive either up or down, and the interior is classy and eminently functional. Every part of this car draws stares. It's not the sportiest car in the segment. Even with about 430 horsepower it's quick, but it's no racecar. It won't scare you, but the spritely performance will make traffic less tedious and less of a trial. The icing on the cake is fuel economy of 18 mpg in city driving, far better economy than anything else in this class that I've tried. The 'Benz SL is a popular choice for a reason: It's a very good car. – Paul Hagger

The Mercedes-Benz SL is the benchmark of the luxury convertible, and the redesigned 2013 version carries on that tradition quite well. Still one of the best looking cars on the road, our test car looked even better in black with red leather interior. In addition to good looks, the SL550 comes complete with innovative technology and impressive performance. The hard top disappears quickly and smoothly, but when it's up, it has a panorama panel that can be darkened or lightened at the touch of a button. Seats are heated, cooled and massaging. The dynamic sport seats that inflate the seat bolsters in turns seem gimmicky to some, but I think they work great. The SL has plenty of power from its turbocharged V8 engine, and at full throttle it makes a great sound, and with the top down it can be fully enjoyed. Most surprising is how well the SL handles. I expected the ride of a grand touring car, but steering is quick and the SL handles corners very well. Overall, the SL550 is a very impressive car. – Perry Stern

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