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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Overview

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned last year, Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster continues to offer a folding metal hardtop, but there's also the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency The SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK250 that can be had with a manual transmission, the 302-horsepower V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a big 5.5-liter V-8. Competitors to both cars include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.

New for 2013
For 2013, all SLK models now come equipped with mbrace2 in-car technology and optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist. SLK350 models now come standard with features including heated seats, iPod/MP3 interface, remote-operated hardtop, Airscarf neck-heating system and a premium stereo with satellite radio. Fuel-saving Eco Start/Stop is also now standard on the 3.5-liter V-6.

The SLK is one of the shorter cars in its class. Like on the SLS-Class supercar, the SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights; a single chrome band divides it, with Mercedes' three-pointed star sitting front and center. Like many new luxury cars, the SLK uses LEDs in its taillights and daytime running lights. All SLKs feature a standard power-retracting hardtop with optional Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque. Exterior features include 17-inch wheels (18-inch wheels optional) and a power-retracting hardtop. Additional exterior options include a sport appearance package, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers, and a rear spoiler.

A more shelf-like dashboard dominates the new SLK's two-seat interior; Mercedes says it used horizontal shapes to emphasize the car's width. A standard 5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and optional navigation displays. The automaker says the SLK's glove compartment is 26 percent larger than its predecessor. Trunk volume measures 10.1 cubic feet with the folding hardtop raised and 6.4 cubic feet with it lowered. A sporty, flat-bottom, steering wheel features audio and cruise controls. Interior options include a Harman Kardon premium stereo, wood-and-leather steering wheel, leather/heated seats, and neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks that keep passegners warm even when the top is down in colder conditions.

Under the Hood
The SLK250 uses a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that puts out 229 pounds-feet of torque, while the SLK350 has 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 273 pounds-feet of torque. Mercedes says the SLK250 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the SLK350 takes 5.4 seconds. The SLK250 comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic; the SLK350 comes only with the automatic and has standard Eco Start/Stop fuel-saving technology.

All SLKs come with eight airbags, including head-extending side airbags that deploy from the doors. Additional safety features include available parking assist, electronic stability control with traction control, mbrace2 in-car telematics, attention assist, and adaptive high-beam assist.

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EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 - 22 MPG
  • Highway: 28 - 32 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

9 of 9 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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