Review: 2019 Maserati Levante SUV
Maserati’s luxury SUV
-The Levante is a luxury-level SUV manufactured by Maserati.
-Maserati offers the Levante at a starting price of $77,500, ranging up to $171,500 for top-of-the-line automotive luxury.
-The Maserati Levante has comparable luxury and features compared to others in the same class. The Ferrari derived engine is where the difference is made.
While you may not be familiar with Maserati’s entire line of automobiles, you are likely familiar with their symbol, which is synonymous with Italian style and luxury. Established in 1914, Maserati has long been established as an ultra-luxury automobile manufacturer. Known for their cars, Maserati introduced an SUV as a concept in 2011.
The Levante is Maserati’s mid-sized SUV, and it certainly is pleasing to the eye. It originated as a concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production was confirmed in 2014, and it was introduced in the North American market in September of 2016.
It starts at a MSRP of $77,500 up to $171,500.
The Levante comes in 4 trim levels: Levante, Levante S, Levante GTS, and Levante Trofeo.
The Maserati Levante engine is a twin-turbo, Ferrari-based design. The different trim levels offer various engines.
Floor model 2020 Maserati Levante and the Levante S come with the twin-turbocharged 3.0L 345hp in base and 424hp in S trim. The Levante Trofeo and the GTS come with a 3.8L turbocharged V8. The GTS offers 550hp while the Trofeo offers 590hp. Both are paired with an 8-speed shiftable automatic.
“Established in 1914, Masertai has long been established as an ultra luxury automobile manufacturer.”
The Maserati Levante come with many customizing options, including the color of the brake calipers. Colors for the Maserati Levante stay in the very conservative category, except for a bright Blu Emozione Mica.
“The Levante comes in four trim levels: Levante, Levante S, Levante GTS and Levante Trofeo.”
Levante safety features include Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Highway Assist.
The Levante is the base model SUV. It includes the same features as the base model, with two options: the GranLussor or the GranSport.
Premium leather interior and a panoramic sunroof are the luxury features added with the GranLussor option. The GranSport features sports-oriented accessories and a Driver Assistance package.
The Levante S has a panoramic sunroof, larger brakes, LED headlights, and Driver Assistance packages.
The Levante GTSIncludes as a standard the features that are optional on the other models. The GTS adds different sport driving modes. This, plus the option of choosing leather and wood trim from a variety of options, differentiates the GTS from the lower trim levels.
The Levante Trofeo offer the same additional features as the Levante GTS.
“The Levante is Maserati’s mid-sized SUV and it certainly is pleasing to the eye.”
Expert test drivers rate the Maserati Levante in the mid 7s/10 position. It gets decent marks for drive and steering. It provides a sound appropriate ride but allows for some of the toughness of the ride to disturb the passenger feel to the SUV.
The Maserati Levante provides the same standard of infotainment and automation as it’s nearest competitors.
Attention is drawn to the small rear window that, along with wide pillars, restricts rearview.
Ultimately, what the Maserati Levante lacks compared to its closest competitors it more than makes up in style and pizzazz.
Drivers give the Maserati Levante very high ratings, with the sole issue being the poor fuel economy. Given that the engine is Ferrari-based, it’s not hard to figure out why the fuel economy is not that great and why its owners love the Maserati Levante SUV.
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