Maserati Levante: 2018 Motor Pattern SUV of the Yr Contender No ratings yet.

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.

Examine different 2018 SUV of the Yr contenders:

2017 Maserati Levante This autumn 2017 Maserati Levante SQ4
BASE PRICE $73,850 $85,Zero50
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

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