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2020 Maserati Levante

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2020 Maserati Levante Review

The 2020 Maserati Levante boasts powerful engine options and sharp handling, but it falters in interior quality and cargo space compared to class rivals. The 2020 Levante does not have an overall score or ranking because it hasn't been fully crash tested and does not have a reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine lineup
  • Sharp handling
  • Small cargo space for class
  • Some uninspiring interior materials
  • Poor fuel economy

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Maserati Levante is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Maserati Levante's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 6.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.

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Is the Maserati Levante a Good SUV?

Yes, the Levante is a good luxury midsize SUV. Its forte is performance. The engine lineup features twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 options, with horsepower that ranges from 345 to 590. This SUV drives more like a smaller sports sedan than a crossover, taking corners with gusto. The downside to all that muscle under the hood is poor fuel economy for the class.

The Levante’s interior is a step down from its performance standards. The cabin has first-class styling and solid build quality, but it’s plagued by some cheap-feeling pieces. Rear-seat space is nothing spectacular, and the Levante’s cargo room is among the smallest in the segment.

Should I Buy the Maserati Levante?

You should buy the Levante if performance is a priority. This Maserati has powerful engine choices, well-weighted steering, and athletic handling. It also has one of the highest starting prices in the class.

However, other luxury midsize SUVs offer similar performance and nicer cabins for less money. Not only does the Porsche Cayenne have a more refined interior than the Levante, but it is also one of the few SUVs that can deliver a better driving experience. The BMW X5 doesn’t quite match the Levante in terms of horsepower, but it’s no slouch. Its engines deliver between 335 and 456 horses, and the BMW's cabin is more upscale than the Maserati's.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Maserati Levante?

The Maserati Levante was introduced as an all-new vehicle for the 2017 model year. Since then, the most notable changes were made for 2019, when the GTS and Trofeo trims were introduced. Those models include two twin-turbocharged V8 engines.

Aside from those high-performance versions, most used Levante models will be comparable to a new 2020 Levante but likely cost much less.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Levante and 2019 Levante reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 18 Maserati Levante reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Levante is the right new car for you. This 2020 Maserati Levante review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2017 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Maserati Levante Cost?

The 2020 Maserati Levante starts at $77,500. That's one of the highest base prices among luxury midsize SUVs, and it can get far more expensive from there. The Levante S starts at $88,000, the Levante GTS at $122,000, and the top-of-the-line Trofeo at $171,500.

The Levante and Levante S are available in GranLusso and GranSport subtrims that add additional features as well as more luxurious (GranLusso) or sportier (GranSport) styling. In the base model, these editions both retail for $84,500, while they cost $94,000 in the Levante S.

Some of the Levante's rivals have similarly high price ranges. The Porsche Cayenne starts at $66,800, and its most expensive model retails for more than $164,000. Pricing for the BMW X5 starts at $60,700 and can exceed six figures in the highest trim with options.

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Maserati Levante Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Maserati Levante or Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne lives up to the brand’s reputation for performance, forged by luxury sports cars like the 911 and Cayman. This luxury midsize SUV has a lineup of three muscular engines with horsepower ratings that range from 335 to 541. That’s a little short of the Levante’s 345- to 590-horsepower spread, but both of these SUVs have enough energy for nearly any driving situation. The Cayenne has a slight edge in handling, with dialed-in steering and a comfortable ride. The Porsche also boasts a nicer interior, better back-seat accommodations, and a little more cargo space, all for around $10,000 less than the base Maserati. However, both of these SUVs can easily cost more than $150,000. All things considered, you’re better off with the Porsche.

Which Is Better: Maserati Levante or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 was fully redesigned for the 2019 model year. This new generation brings an elegant cabin design, along with tons of new standard safety and infotainment equipment. The X5 features a 12.3-inch touch screen and driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. You get all of that for just over $60,000, which is a lot less than the Levante’s starting price. The BMW has a good amount of cargo space and second-row room, and you can equip it with a third row of seats. BMW offers the X5 with a 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine or a 456-horsepower twin-turbo V8. Overall, the X5 is a better SUV than the Levante.

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Levante Interior

How Many People Does the Levante Seat?

The Maserati Levante SUV seats five people. The front seats offer a dozen power adjustments that make it easy to find an agreeable position. There’s also a good amount of space up front, and the seats are comfortable.

Rear-seat space is fine but not as abundant as in some competitors. Wide rear doors make entry and egress a breeze, though taller passengers may yearn for a little more headroom in the back.

Levante and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Levante’s rear outboard seats.

Levante Interior Quality

The Levante has a mostly high-end interior. You’re treated to the requisite standard leather seats, which you can upgrade to nicer upholsteries, including one with silk accents. Wood and metal trim pieces also boost the Levante’s appeal.

However, the cabin features some lower-end accents that don’t fit with a high-end SUV. Some hard plastic pieces, including the shifter and steering wheel stalks, keep the Levante from feeling totally luxurious.

Levante Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats of the Levante is a miniscule 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s not only among the lowest for a luxury midsize SUV but also about what you’d get with some subcompact cars or hatchbacks. On the plus side, the second row folds nearly flat to open up a larger, more usable space.

Levante Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The infotainment system in this Maserati is the same one used in other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles. It has the identical 8.4-inch touch screen found in many Dodge and Jeep vehicles, and it usually earns praise for ease of use. In addition to the touch screen, you can control the system via an ergonomic rotary knob on the center console, which is within easy reach while driving.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, as are satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, two front USB ports, two rear USB ports, Bluetooth, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, an air quality sensor, a panoramic or dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, and a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo.

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Levante Performance

Levante Engine: Power Packed

The Maserati’s base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 345 horsepower. It delivers great acceleration from a stop, but the power is more subdued as you continue to accelerate at high speeds. Another version of this engine, found in the Levante S, puts out 424 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds flat.

Two twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engines are available, and they boost the Levante to near supercar territory. The Levante GTS boasts 550 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of four seconds flat. The range-topping Levante Trofeo has 590 horses and cuts the zero-to-60 time to 3.7 seconds. That model is one of the fastest SUVs on the market.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with every engine, and it rattles off smooth, timely shifts. One point of contention among critics is the Levante’s exhaust note. It’s loud and obtrusive in some situations.

Levante Gas Mileage: Bottom of the Class

With the standard twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Levante gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the worst numbers for a luxury midsize SUV. Models with the twin-turbo V8 fare even worse, delivering an estimated 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Levante Ride and Handling: Nicely Balanced

All Levante models come standard with all-wheel drive, which helps keep this SUV’s body tied to the pavement. Handling is sharp, with well-weighted steering around turns. An adjustable air suspension keeps the ride pretty comfortable, but you may find that the Levante rides a little harshly for a luxury vehicle.

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Levante Reliability

Is the Maserati Levante Reliable?

Since its inception, the Maserati Levante hasn't been evaluated for reliability from J.D. Power.

Maserati Levante Warranty

Maserati covers the Levante with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Levante Safety

Levante Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Maserati Levante. That's common for luxury vehicles.

Levante Safety Features

The 2020 Levante comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. Available driver assistance features include adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a surround-view parking camera system, and traffic sign recognition.

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Levante Dimensions and Weight

The Maserati Levante is 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,650 to 4,784 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Maserati Levante Built?

Maserati builds the 2020 Levante in Italy.

Which Maserati Levante Model Is Right for Me?

The Maserati Levante comes in four models, each with a distinct engine. The base model has a 345-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6, the Levante S has a 424-horsepower twin-turbo V6, the GTS has a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8, and the Levante Trofeo has a 590-horsepower twin-turbo V8. All models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Most Levante shoppers will probably be satisfied with the $77,500 base model or the $88,800 Levante S. Choosing between them will depend on how much you value the extra 80 or so horsepower in the Levante S.

Maserati Levante

The 2020 Maserati Levante starts at $77,500. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, driver's seat memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a cooled glove box, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a 7-inch digital instrument display, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.

Standard infotainment features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, two front USB ports, two rear USB ports, and Bluetooth.

The Levante GranLusso and GranSport both retail for $84,500. The GranLusso adds leather and silk upholstery, ventilated front seats, wood trim accents, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo. The GranSport features upgraded wheels, red brake calipers, front sport seats, a sport steering wheel, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo.

Maserati Levante S

Starting at $88,000, the Levante S adds a panoramic sunroof and paddle shifters. The GranLusso and GranSport packages bump up the SUV’s price to $94,000.

Maserati Levante GTS

The $122,000 Levante GTS comes standard with front ventilated sport seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a heated sport steering wheel, an air quality sensor, adaptive headlights, sport pedals, Brembo brakes, red brake calipers, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, a universal garage door opener, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

The Maserati Levante Trofeo retails for $171,500 and includes a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo, Corsa Mode performance drive setting, and launch control.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Maserati Levante has dynamic performance thanks to eye-popping engine power and lively handling. It falters as a luxury vehicle though, due to some subpar interior materials. Also, rivals offer more room, better fuel economy, and a more comfortable ride.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Levante may not be the most comfortable cruiser, but it's hard to ignore the fun you can have with it on a twisty road. While not as polished as the Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5, it certainly wouldn't fall behind the group. Some may find the Levante's styling uniquely aggressive and attractive, while others may think it resembles an Infiniti too much. Either way, Maserati has succeeded in creating something that is distinctly different in character.” -- Edmunds
  • "… the Maserati Levante SUV remains practical and still somewhat exclusive, a good antidote for competitors such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the new Jaguar F-Pace SVR. While this luxurious Italian SUV is aided in this pursuit by an abundance of luxury trappings and loads of high-tech equipment, it’s the phenomenal performance credentials that set Maserati’s SUV apart.” -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "In all, this big Maserati manages to keep the brand's DNA largely intact, meaning it offers exclusivity, brand cachet, and a unique, soulful sound. Yes, it is fast, loud, and ostentatious. But if any SUV ever came close to being sensuous, this is it.” -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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