First Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

By Keith Buglewicz | June 19, 2012
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class got a thorough refresh, and like its C-Class cousin, the numerous small upgrades combine into a noteworthy revision. While there's little that's all-new about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, virtually everything about the small crossover has been enhanced, massaged or improved. The engine gets a bit more power. The interior receives more plush surfaces. The audio and navigation systems are revised. Even the exterior gets a refresh. Overall, the massaging makes the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, which was already a popular model, an even more compelling package. Throw in the base price of about $40,000, and it looks even better. Sure, that's not exactly pocket change, but in the world of premium compact crossovers, it's not a bad jumping off point, especially for one that carries a three-point star on its nose. Of course, once you start checking off those options boxes, that price jumps considerably; don't be surprised if you're well over $50,000 when you're done selecting all the goodies you want. We sent associate editor Joel Arellano to Virginia's verdant hills to sample the upgraded baby crossover. Check out his full First Drive of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and sound off below. Is Mercedes-Benz asking too much for its little hauler? Or is a $40,000 starting price just right for the pre- and post-kid couples it targets? Sound off in our comments below.