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Glastron’s MX 175 is the company’s entry level boat. But from a company that has made its reputation on family runabouts, entry level has a whole different meaning. The Glastron MX 175 is well-equipped with what people really want in a boat, which includes attractive styling, bucket seats and more.

Key Features

  • Adjustable deluxe bucket seats
  • Bilge pump and blower
  • Bow seats with molded storage and seat latches
  • Integrated bow steps
  • Molded swim platform
  • Padded sunlounge
  • Passenger grab handles
  • Rear bench seat with open storage
  • Ski locker with mat and hinged lid
  • Ski tow ring
  • Stainless steel bow eye & stern eyes
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder
  • Unitized fiberglass deck/floor
  • Walk-thru curved windshield
  • Woodgrain steering wheel
Length Overall 17' 1''
Beam 88''
Dry Weight 2,280 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 31''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 23 gal.
Water Capacity none
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Std. Power 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0 GL
Tested Power 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3 L
1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3 GL
1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0 L

Glastron MX 175 (2007-) Overhead Photo

Entry Level RedefinedBy Captain Keith BurtonFor small young families wanting to get into boating the choices are many. Almost every manufacturer builds a boat that is designed to entice the buyer into the showroom. For Glastron, a company that has made its reputation on family-oriented runabouts, an entry-level boat benefits from that company’s size and experience with a boat that gives entry level a new meaning. That is, a quality boat with the features and a lot of the performance you would see in boats costing more.Glastron ConstructionSitting in the water, the Glastron MX 175 is a sleek, sterndrive bowrider. The MX 175 is attractively designed and outfitted with the type of features that would make many boat owners envious.At the BowStarting at the bow, the MX 175 has the typical padded seating befitting a bowrider, complete with nicely styled vinyl and storage space beneath. There is plenty of room for kids and adults. At the leading edge of the bow, Glastron’s designers included a level step at the top of the forward gunnel to make it easy to get aboard when the boat is beach. The area includes an anti-skid surface and a step down within the bow seating area. An optional cushion is available to turn the step into a seat.Helm FeaturesMoving into the main deck, the helm has a full set of gauges. Those include a speedometer and tachometer and auxiliary gauges for monitoring the engine. The gauges are arranged to be easy to see and appear with a design more in line with what you would see in a sports car. Rocker switches control the auxiliary electrics, which are backed up with circuit breakers. Comfortable SeatingWhile many entry level boat builders use fold down seats for the captain and passengers, Glastron chose to use nicely-styled wrap-around bucket seats for the MX 175. This adds to the upscale look of this boat.The aft seating is a full width bench seat that is back by a sunpad the runs the full width of the stern. All just like boats that cost much more. Under the aft seats are storage compartments that are open to the bow.The MX 175 also has a completely fiberglass floor, which is just like more expensive boats. Optional is a snap-in carpet. But anyone who has tried to get sand out of the carpet of a boat will appreciate how much easier it is to clean up a boat with a fiberglass floor.At the deck between the walk-through windshield is a large ski and wakeboard storage compartment. We noted that the compartment was wider than some others we have seen in boats this size. While storage is adequate on board, we did note there were no storage compartments below the port and starboard gunnels as in most boats. Those areas are a smooth fiberglass. Engine AccessThe engine compartment is accessed via a large lift-up door beneath the sunpad and behind the aft seats. The door lifts with a modest effort assisted by two small hydraulic pistons. The engine’s service points are in plain view. We also noted that the engine’s serpentine belt can be changed with simple hand tools.Performance & HandlingRunning the MX 175 proved to be a bit of surprise. The rigid hull makes this entry level boat feel much more refined than expected. There is very little noise from water slapping against the hull, and the engine’s vibrations were much less noticeable than most boats of this type. The result was a boat that performed significantly better.We found ourselves motoring about at higher engine speeds because the typical high noise level from a 3.0-liter sterndrive was much less irritating.We also found good speed from this boat with the basic 3.0-liter 135 horsepower GL Volvo Penta. A top speed of just nearly 45 mph with two people onboard is at the upper range of boats of this size and power. But with the solid hull, we found we could tolerate higher cruise speeds too.Anyone can pilot this boat. It comes standard with power steering, which is another premium feature uncommon in an entry level sterndrive runabout. Steering is light and the boat performs turns in a predictable and linear manner. New boat owners should easily adapt to this boat and how boats handle with the Glastron MX 175.We found fit-and-finish throughout the MX 175 to be better than the class average and certainly better than most boats at this price range.Overall, the MX 175 represents an outstanding value in an entry level boat. It has adequate power, good fuel economy that is associated with its four-cylinder 3.0 liter sterndrive and is easy to pilot. Best of all, it doesn’t look like an entry level boat.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Glastron MX 175 (2007-) is 44.3 mph (71.3 kph), burning 10.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.26 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Glastron MX 175 (2007-) is 24.1 mph (38.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.24 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.23 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 108 miles (173.81 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL.


CD Stereo Optional
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard

Exterior Features

Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard


Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional


Hull Warranty
Lifetime Limited
Yes, with $250 fee
Deck Warranty
Lifetime Limited Yes, with $250 fee
Engine Warranty
2 year
Gelcoat Warranty
Blistering Warranty
5-Year Yes
Accessories Warranty
2-Year non-structural components Yes
ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes USCG


Pricing Range: $18,324.00

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
750 2.9 2.5 0.6 5.3 4.6 109 95 68
1000 4.2 3.7 0.7 6.0 5.2 124 108 70
1500 5.9 5.1 1.3 4.7 4.1 98 85 73
2000 7.7 6.7 2.6 3.0 2.6 69 54 78
2500 16.3 14.1 3.6 4.6 4.0 95 82 85
3000 24.1 21.0 4.6 5.2 4.6 108 94 86
3500 30.2 26.2 5.9 5.1 4.4 106 92 88
4000 37.6 32.7 7.9 4.8 4.2 99 86 91
4500 41.8 36.3 9.2 4.5 4.0 94 82 93
4800 44.3 38.5 10.9 4.1 3.5 84 73 95
750 95 175 4.70 2.27 2.24 68
1000 108 200 6.80 2.65 2.55 70
1500 85 158 9.50 4.92 2.01 73
2000 54 111 12.40 9.84 1.28 78
2500 82 153 26.20 13.63 1.95 85
3000 94 174 38.80 17.41 2.23 86
3500 92 171 48.60 22.33 2.17 88
4000 86 159 60.50 29.90 2.04 91
4500 82 151 67.30 34.83 1.93 93
4800 73 135 71.30 41.26 1.73 95

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.