2023 Maserati Levante

Overview

Italy’s cultural influence reaches all corners of the globe thanks to, among other things, its iconic cuisine, exotic cars, and exquisite fashion. The 2023 Maserati Levante skips the marinara but delivers on the performance and the wardrobe. Open the Levante’s hood and you’ll find either a twin-turbo V-6 or twin-turbo V-8 engine, the latter of which pumps out as much as 580 horsepower. Climb inside and you’ll notice that Maserati has dressed the cabin with plenty of fineries, including optional leather-and-silk upholstery from famed fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna. Unfortunately, the Levante’s best apparel shares closet space with basic switchgear pulled from the Chrysler parts bin. Ignore that though, and the Levante thrills with punchy acceleration matched by a melodic soundtrack. Its special combination of style and brio is something you can’t get from an Acura or a Lincoln.

What’s New for 2023?

The Levante’s position has been elevated from Maserati’s only SUV to Maserati’s halo SUV this year with the introduction of the smaller Grecale crossover to the lineup. Otherwise, nothing has changed for the Levante other than its price, which has increased by over $8000 to avoid encroaching on its new little brother’s customer base.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Although it adds a lot of coin to the bottom line, we’d spring for the Modena S model and its sexy-sounding 550-hp twin-turbo V-8. The Modena S also adds 20-inch wheels, a leather interior with stitched dashboard and door panels, and steering column-mounted paddle shifters. All Modena S models also come with red-painted brake calipers and the Nerissimo Pack appearance package, which adds darkened exterior trim for a more menacing look.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

While the Levante is not the quickest or the most powerful performance-oriented luxury crossover, it certainly plays one of the better soundtracks. Under the hood of most Levante models is a twin-turbocharged V-6 routing its 350 horsepower—or 430 horses in the Modena—to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. In our testing, a 2017 V-6–powered Levante delivered a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds, besting the Mercedes-AMG GLE53. The Modena S and Trofeo models come with a twin-turbo V-8 packing 550 and 580 horsepower, respectively. At the test track, a GTS (which is replaced by the Modena S for 2022) launched itself to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while a Trofeo did it in 3.6. With its adaptive shocks set in sport mode, the Levante’s ride is jarring when driving over all but the smoothest road surfaces. In comfort mode the ride is much more agreeable, though the suspension is hardly supple with the shocks in their default setting.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

On paper, the Levante is no fuel-sipper. In fact, its EPA estimates for V-6 models—16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway—are closer to V-8–powered rivals than to other V-6s. In our real-world testing, however, the V-6 impressed us with a 24-mpg highway fuel-economy number, which is higher than its ratings suggested. The V-8–powered models earned ratings of 13 mpg city and 20 mpg highway and delivered 20 mpg in our testing. For more information about the Levante’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

At first glance, the inside of the Levante appears rich and well-appointed, especially in our test vehicle, which featured the full-leather treatment in a rich dark-brown hue. Open-pore wood trim, a leather-covered dashboard, tasteful chrome accents, and the traditional Maserati analog clock all give the Levante a classy, old-school luxury ambiance. Looking closer, however, reveals parts that are obviously shared with other Stellantis brands—for example, the window switches, wiper-control stalk, and ignition button are the same as the Jeep Cherokee‘s—which is a disappointment. The controls function intuitively, though, and better than some of the ergonomically questionable examples Maserati has come up with on its own over the years. Speaking of ergonomics, the driving position in the Levante is comfortable and set up for spirited motoring. Like a pair of Versace stilettos, the Levante puts a big emphasis on style. Its cargo area still accommodated a respectable number of our carry-on suitcases (eight behind the rear seat, 19 with the rear seats folded), even as others in this segment fared much better. Park them all side by side, however, and the Maserati’s design bravura overshadows the practicality of its rivals.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

We haven’t had the chance to try Maserati’s latest infotainment interface, but it’s said to be brilliantly rendered on the Levante’s 8.4-inch touchscreen. Most vehicle functions, including the climate controls, are adjusted through the infotainment display, but the system also offers a voice-activated virtual assistant. Navigation is standard, as is SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A wireless charging pad is also included. Although an eight-speaker stereo system is standard, buyers can upgrade to either a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon setup or a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

A few driver-assistance features are standard, and other more advanced tech is optional across the range. For more information about the Levante’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

Standard automatic high-beam headlamps Standard blind-spot monitoring Available automated emergency braking

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Levante’s warranty is nothing special, with a four-year or 50,000-mile policy covering everything, including corrosion protection and roadside assistance. Rivals offer something special to stand out from the crowd, such as complimentary scheduled maintenance or an unlimited-mileage roadside-assistance plan—but not Maserati.

Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2019 Maserati Levante GTS

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$136,790 (base price: $121,475)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
232 cu in, 3799 cc
Power
542 @ 6250 rpm
Torque
538 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

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TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport 5 SUV, F: 265/35R-22 102W M+S MGT R: 295/30ZR-22 103W M+S MGT

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.3 in
Length: 197.6 in
Width: 78.0 in
Height: 66.9 in
Passenger volume: 103 cu ft
Trunk/Cargo volume: 20 cu ft
Curb weight: 5163 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.0 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 24.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s est): 181 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 166 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 20 mpg
Highway range: 420 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 15/14/18 mpg

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2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$171,875 (base price: $171,475)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement
232 cu in, 3799 cc
Power
582 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque
538 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV, F: 265/40R-21 101Y MGT R: 295/35R-21 103Y MGT

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.3 in
Length: 197.0 in
Width: 77.5 in
Height: 66.1 in
Passenger volume: 103 cu ft
Trunk/Cargo volume: 20 cu ft
Curb weight: 5175 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.7 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 22.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.0 sec @ 117 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s est): 189 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 20 mpg
Highway range: 420 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 15/14/18 mpg

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