2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Most compact crossovers are based on front-wheel-drive designs, but the GLC300 offers a choice of rear-wheel drive or, for an additional $2,000, Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive. A power liftgate, 18-inch wheels, and a 7-inch dashboard screen are among standard features. Navigation, heated and cooled front seats, 19- and 20-inch wheels, and adaptive LED headlamps are among the options. Looks, refinement, roominess, competitive pricing and the Mercedes pedigree add up to a promising newcomer.