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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; ‘good,’ rear impact; ‘good,’ roof strength; Top Safety Pick
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Mercedes-Benz' storied reputation for building safe cars comes from years of innovation and good crash-test scores. The GLK is no different, and like the other Mercedes SUVs, its strength goes beyond its driving capabilities.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't put the GLK through its tests or through its updated scoring system, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has. The IIHS gives it "good" ratings across the board, which makes the GLK a Top Safety Pick again for 2012.
All the customary safety features are included in the GLK package: there are dual front, side and curtain airbags as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Active front head restraints are standard, too, and the GLK has emergency systems that will automatically contact emergency dispatch if you're in a severe crash.
Thanks to the relatively high seating position and low shoulder line, the Mercedes-Benz GLK has impressive outward visibility—better than most other luxury crossovers.
Mercedes' reputation for safety precedes the GLK, and its crash-test scores are up to the heritage.