I ran a quick errand to the airport in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350. The steering is a touch too light and twitchy on center but I was impressed with how well it rode on Michigan roads considering its short dimensions and large, twenty-inch wheels. I'm not nuts about the way the baby Benz SUV looks, but at least it's dramatic and isn't easily confused (except with maybe a Subaru Forester). I look forward to driving the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 to see how the newcomers to this segment compare.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor