Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

More Powerful Engine is Too Darn Noisy

Direct injection and other improvements to the 3.5-liter V6 push the power to 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque for the 2013 model year. It’s noticeably better than the previous model year, but it’s also a noisy motor.

At higher rpms, which the seven-speed automatic gladly obliges, the six cylinder sounds great. That isn’t true around the low end, though, and more fuel frugal drivers will probably spend most of their time in the car’s gravelly vocal range.

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