THE SELL: A luxury crossover.
THE TEST: The GLK350 looks small, but it packs the same 3.5-liter V-6 as some of Benz’s larger and heavier sedans and SUVs. It didn’t shudder when we stuck it in cruise control at 10,000 feet or flew up Eisenhower Pass west of Denver at 80 miles per hour. The roomy interior is swaddled in German luxury—stadium-size retractable moonroof, leather seats, touch-screen navigation—that almost made the GLK350 seem too nice to rally through creek beds. But with all-wheel drive and a short wheelbase, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be doing.
THE VERDICT: A luxury sprite capable of ripping in snow and dirt, but with the space to cart around friends and family. Boost its off-road ability with 17-inch wheels and Bridgestone all-terrain tires. 19mpg city/24 hwy
The GLK350 is loaded with next-gen features like Attention Assist, which monitors your biometric signs and chirps you awake if you nod off at the wheel.