2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

Rating: 5

Damage: $45,685
Power: 268hp, 258 lb.-ft.
0-60: 6.5 seconds
Gas Cash: 16 city, 21 hwy
Miles Driven: 584

Historically, if you were a big deal on your block—pushin’ weight, doin’ it like a boss, etc.—there was one sure-fire way to let the streets know. You copped yourself a Mercedes truck, typically a G-wagen. Well guess what, the boys at Benz clearly had some insight that the world economy was about to get flushed when they designed their latest rig to be more wallet friendly for all the downsized “bosses” out there.
All new for 2010, the new GLK350 brings all that boxy burliness of the big brother Merc and crams it into a compact size that’s perfect for the urban jungle. Besides having the bank vault feel the brand is known for, the GLK comes loaded with amenities. Bluetooth capable, dual-zone climate control, 19-inch wheels, dual chrome exhausts and a 7-speed automatic transmission that allows you to slap it into sport mode for when you want to put the suspension to work on the streets—all standard. Also free of charge is the 4MATIC all-wheel drive, perfect for moving (through) the snow.
Yeah, times are tough, but with the GLK, Mercedes is helping make those dreams of rollin’ a proper truck make better sense. Style, power and financial sensibility in the same luxury ’ute? Time to sign on the dotted line—like a boss. —MATT TUCCILLO