All new for 2012 the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is an entry-level luxury compact hard-top roadster powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 302 hp, for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. RWD paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission enables the SLK350 to achieve an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Features include 18-inch wheels, interior wood trim, LED daytime running lamps, panorama sunroof, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, heated seats, keyless start, leather seats, 8-way power sports seats, heated power side mirrors, surround sound system, 6-disc DVD/CD changer, 8-speaker audio system, navigation system, and HD radio. Safety is comprised of electronic stability program, adaptive brakes, attention assist, 8-way airbag protection, anti-lock braking, brake assist, emergency tensioning devices, and advanced tire pressure monitoring. The SLK is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been completely redesigned. Now in its third generation, the new SLK-Class features a large AMG-style lower grille up front, as well as a long hood and short rear end, helping to maintain its sporty appearance. As always, a power retractable hardtop is part of the package, which this year is constructed of body-color polycarbonate, or can be upgraded to a clear Panorama Roof. A host of tech gadgets are available, including an optional 'Magic Sky Control' roof, which uses electromagnetics to change the tint of the roof to suit the passengers' tastes. Two new engines are offered this year, starting with a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.8L 4-cylinder in the base SLK250. The top-level SLK350 gets a revamped 3.5L V6 making 302 horsepower. Overall styling has been updated throughout, giving it a look similar to the SL-Class roadster, as well as the SLS AMG coupe.
Sophisticated styling, high-end features, excellent performance, safety, and curb appeal
The new Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class takes Mercedes-Benz' concept of a small two-seat roadster to a new level for 2012, offering high-level performance and a great selection of technological features. All this works together to give the car an excellent overall balance of comfort and performance, and for the end-user, it's arguably a better daily driver than the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche Boxster or BMW Z4 roadster. Priced around $55k, it has many of the same styling cues and a similar look to the much more expensive SLS AMG coupe.