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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK300 Roadster

    SLK300 Roadster

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      228/221
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $47,650
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK350 Roadster

    SLK350 Roadster

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/265
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $53,300
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

Little car with grown up looks

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK is a two-passenger luxury roadster with a hardtop tractable roof. Whether you choose the SLK300 with a 3.0 liter V-6 or the SLK350 with a 3.5 liter V-6, you'll see this little convertible packs a lot of power for its size. The SLK300 engine is paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic, while the SKL350 comes with the seven-speed.

With a penchant for spirited performance, the Mercedes SLK is a driver's car distinguished by sharp handling and a comfortable ride. Its cozy, luxurious interior, although not as fancy as some of its Mercedes big brothers, fits into its small car profile. The SLK provides a nice array of safety equipment and gets fuel economy in the 17 mpg city / 26 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Mercedes SLK350 received new 18-inch split five-spoke wheels, while both the SLK300 and SLK350 now have standard sport body styling and black headlight inlays.

Essentials

Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic
Body Style: Convertible
Trims: SLK300 Roadster, SLK350 Roadster

On the Outside

Much more mature than its predecessors, the Mercedes SLK is distinguished by sculpted front- and rear-end styling.

From the Inside

Fewer features come standard on the SLK-Class because it is a less-expensive member of the Mercedes family. However, the leather two-seat cabin includes a nine-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, and manual sport seats. Options are Harman Kardon surround sound and digital climate control.

Driving Performance

While not the sportiest car in its class, SLK delivers comfortable cruising and elegant style in a compact package. In the SLK, the 3.5-liter V-6 engine has more horsepower than in other Mercedes, with 300 horses instead of 268.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mercedes SLK includes stability control, traction control, and four-wheel discs with ABS with brake assist. In addition, dual stage airbags and knee airbags, plus head-thorax airbags, which are integrated into the backrests of the seats, are also standard.

Gas Mileage

SLK300: 17-19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
SLK350: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Comfortable ride
  • Cozy interior
  • Terrific manual transmission

Minuses

  • Only two engine options
  • Lack of sports car handling
  • Weight compromises smaller V-6

Rating

Little car with grown up looks

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