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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 4.7
Safety:
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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL delivers poised handling, a comfortable ride, and spirited acceleration (especially with AMG models). It also features one of the most opulent cabins in the class. Given these attributes, it’s no wonder it ranks near the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin for a two-seater
  • Opulent interior styling and materials
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Pricier than most in this class

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL a Good Used Car?

Combine a comfortable touring car with a sophisticated sports car, and you get the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL. It’s one of the best cars you can buy in the luxury sports car class. If you're looking for a smooth-cruising convertible with a cushy interior, the SL sure to meet your expectations. That said, this is one expensive ride.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 19 Mercedes-Benz SL reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL?

Based on 52 listing on our site, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL ranges in price from roughly $55,900 to around $119,800. The average list price for an SL is $76,400. The price you pay varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Cost to Own?

At this time of writing, we don’t have five-year estimates for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs for the 2016 Mercedes SL.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New SL?

There are quite a few differences between the 2016 and 2018 SL. The 2018 SL comes standard with a rearview camera, a redesigned exterior, additional infotainment features, and a new nine-speed transmission. Also, the SL450 model (previously known as the SL400) gets a stronger engine. If you can afford to spend more for a newer model, we recommend upgrading to the 2018 SL.

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Those looking for a vehicle comparable to the 2016 SL that's newer and costs about the same should consider the 2018 Chevy Corvette. The Chevy's interior isn't as luxurious and refined as the Mercedes', but there's a lot to like about the Corvette. Its sharp and athletic handling makes it more fun to drive than the SL, and it features even stronger engines. It also offers more trunk space than the SL.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL?

The 2016 SL's reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power is one of the highest ratings in the luxury sports car class.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Recalls

At this time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Mercedes SL.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz SL Is Best?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. In this generation, the 2017 SL is the best model. Its redesigned exterior and new nine-speed automatic transmission make it worth the higher price.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz SL Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 SL comes in four trims: SL400, SL550, AMG SL63, and the AMG SL65. The SL550 is the sweet spot for many sports car enthusiasts. It offers scintillating performance upgrades without crossing into the six-figure price range occupied by the AMG trims. For a little less than $100,000 (on average), you get a twin-turbocharged V8 that can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Added technology in the SL550 consists of hands-free parallel park assist, a hands-free trunk, a proximity key, and a rearview camera. The upgraded seats have ventilation, massage, and the Airscarf neck-warming system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz SL Warranty

The 2016 Mercedes SL has one of the best certified pre-owned programs among luxury brands. Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the SL?

Luxury sports cars typically don't undergo crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Mercedes-Benz SL is no exception.

The 2016 SL comes standard with Mercedes Attention Assist system, which can alert the driver when the system senses drowsiness. The Pre-Safe system is also standard. In the event of an imminent collision, this system tightens the seat belts, readies the brakes, and closes the sunroof and windows to mitigate injury in the event of a collision.

Mercedes also offered a full array of optional advanced safety features. The list includes adaptive cruise control, night vision, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, parallel park assist, and lane keep assist.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL or 2016 Porsche 911?

If you're looking for a luxury sports car that's a blast to drive, you'll prefer the Porsche 911 over the SL roadster. Despite its sporty demeanor, the 911 delivers a comfortable ride that makes it a good vehicle for daily driving. Additionally, its two extra seats means that more people can come along for the ride. However, the SL is a superior choice in terms of value. The Porsche costs over $60,000 more than the Mercedes.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL or 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

A more reasonably priced alternative to the 2016 SL convertible is the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette comes in both coupe and convertible body styles. It delivers sportier driving dynamics than the SL, and it offers more trunk space. While the Corvette has a comfortable interior, its cabin materials can't compare to the SL's. Opt for the SL if you want a high-class level of refinement. If you care more about athletic performance and want to save some money, go for the Corvette.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL or 2016 BMW Z4?

The 2016 BMW Z4 is another German-brand hardtop roadster worth considering. Like the SL, it's a relaxed cruiser with a comfortable ride, but the SL offers more. The Z4 is essentially a bare bones luxury sports car. However, it’s a fine choice for daily driving, and it'll save you more than $35,000 compared to the SL. Those searching for lavish standard amenities – such as heated seats, leather upholstery, and an upgraded sound system – should stick with the SL.

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2016 SL Performance

How Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Drive?

The rear-wheel drive 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL400 is powered by a 329-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The base engine makes plenty of power, but three available upgraded powertrains give you even more oomph. The AMG trims feature twin-turbocharged V8 and V12 engines. All engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The SL delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. Its handling and suspension are tuned more like a touring car than a stiff, high-performance coupe. In addition, an available Active Body Control system does a great job of reducing body roll.

Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2016 SL400 delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is good for a luxury sports car. When equipped with an automatic transmission, the base Porsche 911 gets 20/28 mpg, the base Chevy Corvette gets 16/29 mpg, and the base BMW Z4 gets 22/32 mpg.

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2016 SL Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 SL Seat?

The 2016 Mercedes SL has two heated, power-adjustable leather seats. There is ample head- and legroom for taller occupants, which is rare for a two-seater. Some models even come with massaging seats and an Airscarf, which keeps your neck warm when the top is down.

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Features

The Mercedes COMAND system is pretty straightforward, though some functions are buried deep within the menus. The system’s controls consist of a joystick controller and numerous other dashboard buttons below the display. However, their placement requires extra focus from the driver, which can be distracting out on the road. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and navigation are among the standard goodies.

Notable upgrades include Magic Sky Control (which allows you to adjust the tint on the glass in the hardtop roof) and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio system. For safety features, find a model with the Driver Assistance Package.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz SL Cargo Space

The 2016 SL has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with it down. Those numbers are good for a luxury convertible. The available hands-free trunk feature allows you to open up your trunk by putting your foot below the rear bumper.

2016 SL Length and Weight

Depending on the model, the 2016 Mercedes SL measures about 15.1 feet or 15.2 feet. Its curb weight is anywhere from 3,836 pounds to 4,211 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Built?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL was built in Bremen, Germany.

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