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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 2012 Porsche Cayman 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
     
SLK250
  • SLK250
  • SLK350
  • SLK55 AMG
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr Cpe R
  • 2dr Cpe S Black Edition
Coupe 1LT
  • ZR1 1ZR
  • ZR1 3ZR
  • Coupe 1LT
  • Coupe 2LT
  • Coupe 3LT
  • Coupe 4LT
  • Convertible 1LT
  • Convertible 2LT
  • Convertible 3LT
  • Convertible 4LT
  • Coupe Grand Sport 1LT
  • Coupe Grand Sport 2LT
  • Coupe Grand Sport 3LT
  • Coupe Grand Sport 4LT
  • Convertible Grand Sport 1LT
  • Convertible Grand Sport 2LT
  • Convertible Grand Sport 3LT
  • Convertible Grand Sport 4LT
  • Z06 1LZ
  • Z06 2LZ
  • Z06 3LZ

Prices

MSRP $42,500 $51,900 $49,600
Invoice $39,525 $46,530 $45,136
Avg. Paid $33,131 $41,007 $33,267

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.5 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.4 9.2
Performance 8.2 9.4 8.8
Interior 8.6 7.7 7.2
Operating Cost 7.6 7.2 7.3
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 4.0 4.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Top-quality interior
  • SLK250’s good fuel economy
  • Serene ride
  • Stellar handling
  • Superb transmissions
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Ample cargo space
  • Controlled, comfortable ride
Cons
  • Automatic transmission can be unresponsive
  • Limited standard features
  • Lackluster interior materials
  • Numb steering

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas Flat 6-Cyl 2.9L/177 Gas V8 6.2L/378.3
MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy 19 City / 27 Hwy 16 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Roadster 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 95.7 95.1 105.7
Length, Overall (in) 162.8 172.3 174.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 70.9 72.6
Height, Overall (in) 51.2 51.3 49.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Hardtop Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Targa Roof Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3308 2932 3208

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Start Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 2 2 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 49.0 - TBD - 52.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.0 37.6 37.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 33.5 43.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.2 51.5 55.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.1 (6.4 w/top down) 14.5 22.4

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 6-Cyl Gas V8
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.9L/177 6.2L/378.3
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 201 @ 5500 265 @ 7200 430 @ 5900
Torque (Net @ RPM) 229 @ 2000 - 4300 221 @ 4400-6000 424 @ 4600
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.5 36.4 - TBD -

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 27 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 16.9 18.0

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Optional
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut Short/Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link MacPherson Strut Short/Long Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Transverse Leaf Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Transverse Leaf Spring

Transmission

Automatic Optional Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Optional Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.