Behind the Wheel: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz will be the first to tell you that it is the grandfather of the diesel engine. Across the pond, this makes for really good for business as 55 percent of all Europeans drive a vehicle with a diesel engine under the hood. Back in America, that number is incinerated down to around 2.5 percent. On paper, diesel engines look really attractive as it can be anywhere from 20 to 40 percent more efficient than an engine that runs on gasoline. So why aren't Americans readily making the switch? Automakers like BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have been on the diesel engine train for a while now, but the American market is just seeing these options trickle in. BMW has the 328d, Audi has the A3 TDI, and now, Mercedes-Benz adds another diesel powered model into the mix in the form of a compact crossover. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is the latest model to come from Germany sporting a diesel engine, and after spending some time escorting it through some of Southern California's vast terrain, we're puzzled as to why oil burners haven't caught on in the U.S. sooner. Want to see exactly why we think this? Then check out our 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC Quick Drive.
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