You go, Joe. You forgot to mention the Lexus RX family, though, which very handily outsold all other luxury utes in 2007. And compared with the soggy RX, I found the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 to be hugely entertaining to drive. That's not saying a whole lot, however; in fact, I was fairly disappointed by the GLK350's light steering, which is nothing like the excellent, tight steering that graces some of Mercedes-Benz's newest products (the S-, CL-, SLK-, and C-classes come most immediately to mind). Instead, it reminds me of M-B products from several years ago. I do realize, of course, that this is an SUV, but I was still hoping for a tighter, sportier setup beneath this Mercedes. If you judge the GLK350 by class-appropriate standards, though, it's perfectly fine to drive, whether on a boring commute or on a winding back road. Based on DeMatio's glowing review above, though, I'm anxious to drive Audi's new Q5.
I, too, was a bit shocked to learn that this particular GLK costs so much more than the vehicle's $37,775 base price. That said, I wouldn't try to persuade someone against outfitting a GLK350 like ours was: 4Matic all-wheel drive, the excellent spinning-wheeled Comand navigation system, the large sunroof, and numerous other options make this a very pleasant vehicle overall.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I was a big fan of the tough-looking GLK concept that debuted at the 2008 Detroit auto show. I think the production GLK350 has lost a significant amount of its flair, unfortunately, but I still think that the look of the finished product is quite attractive, if a bit heavy on the hard edges. I also like the nice blocky swathes of aluminum-look material in the cabin. After my initial drive in the GLK, my only real qualm is that the front seats were angled too flat (even when adjusted to the max) to comfortably support my skinny thighs.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor