A classy sport utility with the emphasis on sport
We Like: Italian type, snorting engine, hydraulic steering
We Don’t Like: Cussed shift lever, tiresome exhaust notice, erratic inside supplies
Maserati is a bit late to the luxe-SUV celebration, but it’s reaping the rewards—already accounting for 38 p.c of the model’s U.S. gross sales within the first half of 2016. It’s going to doubtless grow to be the corporate’s best-selling mannequin worldwide.
What Maserati bought proper, they actually did proper: styling, a multisensory driving dynamic, and only a contact of premium inside supplies such because the Zegna Mulberry Silk inserts on the seats, door panels, and headliner. It’s even good off-road when adjusted to the fitting drive settings. This all helps the model’s status and values.
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All of our judges had been impressed with how properly the Four,900-pound Maseratis acquitted themselves on the winding highway course with their 50/50 weight distribution. The This autumn/SQ4 additionally made good use of that mass and their normal air-spring suspension to impress us on the high-speed oval, with barely a whisper of wind/highway noise and marked envelopment on the bumpy 110 freeway part.
The issue is that it’s not as polished or pure because the direct opponents it hopes to unseat. We famous the plain Chrysler parts-sharing inside, plus just a few errors of usability. “There are higher sporty SUVs out there,” Angus MacKenzie famous, “most notably the cheaper Alfa Romeo Stelvio.” Having one other high-performance Italian SUV (and two German rivals) out there mere moments earlier than and after the Levante was sufficient to disclose that it’s not the whole package deal. The Levante is a wonderful first effort, however it wasn’t sufficient to carry it to the finalists’ circle.
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|2017 Maserati Levante This autumn||2017 Maserati Levante SQ4|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$91,400||$100,100|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV|
|ENGINE||Three.0L/345-hp/369-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6||Three.0L/424-hp/428-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|TRANSMISSION||Eight-speed automated||Eight-speed automated|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||Four,987 lb (50/50%)||Four,961 lb (50/50%)|
|WHEELBASE||118.Three in||118.Three in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||197.Zero x 77.5 x 64.Three-67.7 in||197.Zero x 77.5 x 64.Three- 67.7 in|
|Zero-60 MPH||5.Eight sec||Four.9 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||14.2 sec @ 98.2 mph||13.Four sec @ 103.Three mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||127 ft||113 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||Zero.82 g (avg)||Zero.86 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.7 sec @ Zero.69 g (avg)||25.Eight sec @ Zero.74 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||14/20/16 mpg||14/19/16 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||241/169 kW-hrs/100 miles||241/177 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.20 lb/mile||1.22 lb/mile|