2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class competes in a segment that has gotten increasingly edgy, leaving it as one of the more conservative and comfort-oriented roadsters in the group.

The BMW Z4 is one of the SLC's closest competitors, but tends to offer more balanced performance.

The Porsche Boxster and its fixed-roof sibling, the Porsche Cayman, are brilliant performers with some of the best steering and handling at any price.

The Jaguar F-Type convertible and coupe offers good looks and plenty of power, but doesn't quite deliver on its sporty promise.

And buyers who are interested in roadsters will want to look at the recently redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata; it doesn't have the SLC's luxurious accoutrements, but comes with unrivaled driving thrills at a much lower price.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC offers luxurious open-air motoring for buyers who are more interested in weekend getaways than canyon-carving.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Type clips the sports-car apex, with extreme performance meets extremely good looks.
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers back-to-basics sports car fun in the classic roadster or the new RF body styles.
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman remains some of our favorite performance cars; they're thrilling to drive, and in base form they're exceptional sports car value, too.
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Two SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo SeatersTwo Seaters
Style Name    
SLC 300 RoadsterCoupe ManualSport AutomaticCoupe2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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