The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class and its hardtop convertible have been joined by a raft of luxury convertibles since the 1990s.
The most direct competitor is the new BMW Z4, which is more overtly performance-oriented, with a light folding hardtop, tremendous prowess, and a feline grace that's been missing from previous Z4 and Z3 roadsters.
The Porsche Boxster isn't a hardtop convertible, but it's a paragon of performance virtue, and its thick fabric top and ever-improving interior give it more of the comfort the SLK enjoys-with even more cargo space.
A new favorite of TheCarConnection.com's editors is the Infiniti G37 Convertible, a handsome spin-off of the G37 Coupe that folds its hardtop into a sleek body and fits its cabin with rosewood and leather trim, while maintaining the Coupe's handling and acceleration, for the most part.
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|2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 BMW Z4Browse Used Listings||2010 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|2-Door Roadster SLK 300||2-Door Roadster sDrive30i||2-Door Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Roadster||2 Dr Conv||2 Door Roadster|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. 2011 BMW Z4||2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. 2010 Porsche Boxster|