Pros: Impressively smooth ride in non-AMG models; classy, high-end interior accommodations; quietness
Cons: Mediocre fuel economy in non-diesel models; small-for-the-class dimensions mean cargo room and rear-seat space trail most competitors
CG Says: Mercedes-Benz’s compact SUV sees no significant changes for 2014. The GLK boasts typical Mercedes-Benz refinement, numerous safety features, and a broad range of optional equipment, and all of this makes it a notable contender in its class. However, base prices are rather high, and many expected features are extra-cost items that can quickly inflate the bottom line. Still, this luxury 4-door wagon should appeal to buyers seeking brand prestige in a smaller SUV. Our favorite GLK is the fuel-thrifty BlueTEC diesel, which deftly blends performance and economy.