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In 2010, Mercedes-Benz saw a glaring hole in its lineup in one of the fastest-growing segments in the U.S. market: the compact crossover SUV. With this huge hole being realized, Mercedes launched the 2010 GLK350 to fill the slot.
Coming into the 2013 model year, the GLK350 is still relatively young and is quickly becoming a popular model, mostly due to its low-for-a-Mercedes base MSRP of $37,090 and only an extra $2,000 for 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The 2013 model year brought about a boost for the models slouching V-6 engine, as it was bumped from 268 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque to 302 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque.
Also boosted is fuel economy, which rises from 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway in 2012 to 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway in 2013. Power wasn’t all that changed, as Mercedes revamped the exterior with a bolder front grille, more detailed headlights and larger fender flares. On the inside, the 2013 GLK350 now features a revised dashboard with aluminum bezels surrounding the air vents and instruments, refine interior materials, and an all-new mocha leather color option.
Under the hood of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Base sits a 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 engine that pumps out 302 horsepower and hooks up to a seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This combination allows for a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. On the outside, the GLK350 Base includes: electronic stability control, adaptive suspension and braking, chrome grille, side-window trim and dual exhaust tips, black roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, tinted rear windows, ABS, and brake assist. On the inside, the GLK350 Base comes standard with: dual-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats, MB-Tex synthetic leather, six-speaker audio system with auxiliary input, USB port, Bluetooth pairing with audio stream and HD radio capabilities, 11 airbags, and burled-walnut trimming.
Great base price, well-equipped, stout towing and awesome fuel economy, but underpowered
Great fuel economy and pedigree, but comes up short in towing, power and is a little pricey
Loads of power and luxury, and a nice starting price, but is more of a car, as it is not rated for towing
Roomy cabin, acceptable towing and nice styling, but expensive, underpowered and standard cloth seating