2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

David Yochum

This SLK is a blast to drive with the top down. I did notice more wind buffeting than in an SL, but I don't mind a windy roadster. I think it takes too long to raise and lower the top, but these folding hardtops are pretty complicated. Not all cars can transform as quickly as a Boxster or a cloth-top Miata.

The supercharged AMG V-8 sounds great and produces lots of power. I very much felt like I was driving an SL63 AMG's little brother, which is a good thing. The power isn't as insane, there isn't nearly as much exhaust noise, but, according to the in-dash reading, I averaged about double the number of miles per gallon in the SLK than I did in the SL. Sure, the two cars appeal to different buyers, but both do the AMG name proud.

My only complaint is how tight the cabin is. I'm a little over 6' tall and I felt cramped. The much larger SL fits me better, but costs a whole lot more. A better comparison is the Porsche Boxster and I'm not as cramped in there, either. Plus the Boxster is more fun on a curvy road. Still, even the Boxster S doesn't pack as much wallop as this AMG car.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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