2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Among luxury brands, the crossover's brought more new customers in through the doors than any other kind of vehicle.

Even the Germans have cute utes--in fact, BMW was the first to jump in with its X3, though it's hard to see today's fairly large, very powerful and very capable five-seat crossover as "cute." Audi's Q5 is sleek and not at all trucky to look at--but its ride can be harsh, and its pricetag is high.

The Land Rover LR2 looks and feels a lot like the Benz GLK, with its more SUV-like shape and its in-line six-cylinder engine, while the Infiniti EX is the opposite--a tidy, very compact crossover in the loosest sense, with great handling but not much more cargo space than a sedan.

On the domestic side, the Cadillac SRX has been a strong seller, and it's a spacious, sharp-looking crossover with a new V-6 engine for the new model year.

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Quick Specs
8.2
Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
7.4
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
8.2
The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
8.4
A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
8.0
With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
8.0
With tight rear seats and a small cargo area, the 2012 Infiniti EX35 is less like a sporty crossover, more like a high-riding sports sedan.
MSRP From     
$35,880$32,895$35,600$37,100$35,985$35,800
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door GLK 350FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 28iFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleCrossover4 Door SUV
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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