Despite the SUV boom and thew fact that they’ve been constantly improving it ever since production started in 2016, Maserati has been having a hard time moving the Levante off its lots.
Available in the States from nearly $77,000, the Levante is the closest thing you can get (so far) to a Ferrari SUV. You will want to move up the range get the full-blown experience, with the trident brand offering the S, GTS and Trofeo models from $88,000, $121,000 and $170,000, respectively.
Compared to the base grade, the Levante S has another 79 horses with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 pumping out 424 hp. Nought to 60 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 5 seconds and top speed is set at 164 mph (264 km/h). The engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, with a standard rear limited-slip differential.
It also features dynamic suspension with five levels of height adjustment that either lift or drop the body, depending on what the driver has in mind. There are also two off-road settings but you won’t be encouraged to go all Land Rover Defender on it, as it lacks the proper structure to do so.
While the exterior does look unique, the cockpit borrows some elements from other FCA-owned brands, like the infotainment system and certains buttons. Space at the back is pretty decent and the Levante does sport a high quality interior.
Would you want a Levante parked in your driveway? Spoiler alert: if you can afford paying the price, then the answer is yes, but let’s see what else the following review from CNET had to say about it.