Compact crossovers = profit. Lots of it.
Crossovers are hot. Like red hot. Especially compact and mid-size crossovers. Whether they come from mainstream or luxury brands, buyers across the globe, most notably in the US and Europe, are buying them in their droves at the expense of, in the America's case, the sedan. We recently checked out the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 and quickly predicted it'll become the automaker's best-seller. How come? It's a luxury compact crossover and these things are seriously trendy right now.
To eliminate any confusion, the GLC-Class was formerly known as the GLK-Class. Why the change from K to C? To remind buyers it's based on the C-Class. Our 2017 GLC300 tester came powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, with power going to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic. Not the AMG, but still.
The system that sends power to all four wheels is called 4Matic AWD, and it costs an extra $2,000. We also like the GLC300's 18-inch 5-spoke wheels wearing all-season rubber, the optional panoramic sunroof, LED headlights and heated front seats. The $850 Burmester Surround Sound System is also a must-have. So yeah, on paper, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic is a winner, but, then again, our tester cost almost $51,000. That's a lot to pay for a turbo four banger. Special thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin for letting us film the car.