Mercedes-Benz GLC classSTATUS: Restyling and update powertrains for 2020 - Built off the C-class car platform, the GLC tall wagon and the four-door hatchback "coupe" slot between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE. Of the three, the GLC is perhaps the just-right fit in terms of size and affordability. For 2020, the GLC receives new front and rear styling and interior updates, including Mercedes-Benz's latest MBUX swipe-don't-touch dual-information screens. The compact utility vehicle is available in GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC trim, each using a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The AMG 43 now delivers 385 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged V-6 (up from 362) and the AMG CLC 63 comes with 469 horsepower at the ready, or 503 in the S version. A nine-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission is standard across the line. As with all Mercedes vehicles, luxury abounds, but unlike the smaller GLA, the GLC provides rear-seat passengers with adequate space, so longer trips are more comfortable. Active-safety technologies and partial-autonomous driving features are plentiful, including crosswind assist that keeps the GLC tracking true on blustery days.
Base price (incl. destination): $43,500 (wagon); $51,000 (hatchback Coupe)
Types: Midsize utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 turbo (255); 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 (385); 4.0-liter V-8, twin-turbocharged (469/503)
Transmission: Nine-speed automated manual
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/28/24
Base weight (lb.): 3,890