2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz SL Class has always been the standard-bearer in the luxury-convertible class.

It's seen some inroads from the likes of the BMW 6-Series, which has grown out of its gawky stage into its newly smoothed shape, and has taken on the SL's folding hardtop with a choice of coupe or convertible models, as well as an M edition in the works.

The Jaguar XK and Maserati GranTurismo are the stunners in the class, gorgeous cars at a standstill or in motion, with elegant interiors and in the case of the Maserati, a real, adult-worthy back seat, as well as exceptional performance--particularly with the Jaguar XKR coupe or convertible.

For something more technical, more extreme, and more overtly performance-minded, there's always the Porsche 911--brand new this year, longer, wider, more capable, and more technologically endowed than ever before.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe M Sport package2013 BMW 6-Series
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2013 Jaguar XKR Coupe2013 Jaguar XK
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet2013 Porsche 911
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2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport2013 Maserati GranTurismo
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class toughens up its image and its handling, but still feels more content as a grand touring grand dame.
With the addition of a new four-door Gran Coupe and M6 Coupe, the 6-Series lineup covers the full range of personal luxury, from soft and elegant to sharp and athletic.
Raising pulses and generating sheer envy: it's all in a day's work for the gorgeous, sublime Jaguar XK.
Still a tremendous value, the 2013 Porsche 911 range offers a great balance between dedicated sports car handling and daily practicality.
Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class    
2 SeaterCompact CarsMini-CompactMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Coupe Touring2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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