2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Roadsters Rock When You're Five

March 25, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Recently I realized that my five-year-old daughter had never experienced a convertible before. So I thought: why not start her off at the top with the long-term 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG?

It was a perfect afternoon, sunny and 73 degrees according to the Merc's temp gauge. (Thank you, California.) I got my daughter situated in her booster seat and then asked, "So, are you ready to put the top down?" She looked at me curiously since I hadn't told her anything about the car or what a convertible was. "Here, watch," I said, using the switch for the roof. He eyes widened as the power top quickly unlatched and folded backwards. She had no idea a car's roof could do that.

We motored off, driving casually along out-of-the way streets. Based on her reactions, you'd think she was having the best time of her life. Smiling constantly, she was putting her hands out into the breeze and looking at the sky. Watching her enjoy the experience, combined with the genuinely nice day, I felt like I had entered some sort of perfect-day car commercial.

"Daddy, this is the best car ever!" she exclaimed. For that afternoon, it certainly was.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 20,581 miles

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