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Eric's Autos: 2023 Mercedes GLC 300

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One of Mercedes' most successful vehicles ever was the M-Class SUV, which Mercedes no longer makes. (The last year was 2015.) Its place has been taken by two SUVs -- both of them so similar it's hard to tell them apart.

One, the GLE is a little bit larger than the old M. The other, the GLC, is a little smaller.

But it's just gotten a little bit larger.

And a little bit smaller (under the hood).

What It Is

The GLC is a slightly-larger-than-compact-size SUV that's a little bit smaller than the old M-Class SUV and the current midsize Mercedes GLE SUV. Both differ from crossover SUVs in that the GLC and the GLE are based on rear-drive (rather than front-wheel-drive) layouts. The GLC differs from the GLE chiefly in that it does not offer third-row seating nor an optional -- stronger -- engine.


It's also less expensive for that reason.

Base price for the rear-drive GLC 300 is $47,100, and $57,700 for the GLE 350.

Equipped with the optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, a GLC 300 stickers for $49,100, and $60,200 for the GLE 350 4Matic.

What's New For 2023


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