Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible
When I think "roadster," I usually have something simple in mind. When Mercedes-Benz thinks "SL550 Roadster," the automaker thinks about cramming all of the cabin tech at its disposal into an attractive drop-top chassis.
The good: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550's V-8 Biturbo engine is powerful and smooth. Motoring with the top down is amazingly quiet and comfortable. A full array of media sources and a premium audio system are standard features.
The bad: Comand Online is almost unusably slow in its operation. The physical controller-based infotainment system takes a while to learn. Fuel economy is, predictably, low.
The bottom line: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Roadster is an excellent luxury convertible that doesn't rely heavily on tech gimmickry; however, its new Comand Online system falls short of the bar set by Audi and BMW.
July 5, 2013 6:20 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Antuan Goodwin
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