The popularity of the Mercedes-Benz dates way back to the 1970s when it was in stiff competition with the Cadillac. But while the vehicle was definitely gaining ground, it still had several downfalls. More specifically, the seats were far from comfortable (as most of the U.S. luxury car seats were), and the ride was less than perfect. Still, that was several decades ago and the Mercedes has come a long way since. One of it’s newest editions, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 fits beautifully into the luxury crossover market.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLK350 has a listing price of $39, 090 (with the advanced 4Matic all wheel drive system) or $37, 090 (with rear wheel drive). While some people might find this price to a be a bit steep, it is actually very reasonable considering the comfort of the vehicle, the power of the vehicle, and the many convenience items that it has to offer. With that said, while the cost of the vehicle is reasonable, the cost of option packages don’t come cheap. For example, a Multimedia package for the GLK350 4Matic (including rear-vision camera) costs $2, 790. Similarly, a package that includes power hatch and panoramic sunroof starts at $3, 450. As such, you can easily see how the cost of this vehicle can increase quickly!
More about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350
Like most other Mercedes vehicles, the GLK350 comes along with all standard safety items. Included within these are the air bags, the electronic traction system, and the electronic stability system. As for the engine, the GLK350 comes with a direct-injection V6 engine with 305 horsepower. This is a 34 horsepower improvement over the 2012 Mercedes model. But the engine isn’t the only thing that is new and improved. Other improvements that come along with the GLK350 include more optional items, revised power steering, and a more elegant and attractive interior.
The GLK350 model can reach 0-60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds, which is a slight improvement over the previous Mercedes version. But never doubt the power of a Mercedes engine – for the GLK350, cruising at high speeds is easy. The weight of the gas engine is approximately 4, 000 pounds, and it is moderately good on gas. The 7 speed automatic transmission aides in fuel economy, but can only do so much. With the rear-drive version you can get an approximate 19 miles per gallon in the city and an approximate 25 miles per gallon on highways. With the all-wheel drive version you are looking at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
As for the front cabin, it is roomy with comfortable and supportive dual power seats. Unfortunately, the rear-seat area is not quite as comfortable, with less leg room and narrow doorways. Because there is not much room in the back, this vehicle is not recommended for families with kids. Rather, they are more desirable for singles or young couples without kids.
One downfall of the Mercedes GLK350 is that the electronic controls can take a while to get used to. There are a great deal of small radio buttons that can be somewhat overwhelming at first. In addition, the suspension may feel a bit stiff to begin with, but it will provide a great deal of comfort when traveling over bumps, offering a smooth and comfortable ride.
As for the cargo area, there is plenty of it. If a larger amount of cargo space is required you can easily fold down the rear seatbacks.
To sum things up, there are a few things that the Mercedes GLK350 could improve upon including the narrow doorways, the tight rear seating, and the moderate fuel economy. Having said that, the disadvantages of this vehicle are easily outweighed by the benefits including improved power, speed, agility, and comfort. If you rarely use back seating, the Mercedes GLK350 could be the perfect car for you.
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