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.