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2019 Maserati Levante Review

The 2019 Maserati Levante places near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class. It combines authoritative engines with agile handling and a smooth ride. There's a lot to love inside, though a small cargo hold and some down-market pieces detract from its elite styling.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, rich-sounding lineup of Ferrari engines
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Responsive handling
  • Some lower-quality cabin materials
  • Very small cargo area for the class
  • Poor fuel economy

New for 2019

  • Levante GTS and Levante Trofeo join the lineup
  • Twin-turbo V8 engine now available
  • Reshuffling of features across trim levels

Is the Maserati Levante a Good SUV?

Yes, the Levante is a wonderful SUV. Italian to the core, it fuses luxuriant accommodations with a selection of robust twin-turbo engines. Its handling artfully blends responsive dynamics with a smooth ride. There are a handful of shortcomings, though these will be trivial for many shoppers. Weaknesses worth noting include a small cargo area and a poor fuel economy rating. Additionally, while its interior is mostly fitting for a high-end vehicle, a few bits and pieces are similar to what you'll find in vehicles from Dodge and Chrysler, Maserati's corporate siblings. These pedestrian items sour the feeling of exclusivity for some.

Should I Buy the Maserati Levante?

You should buy a Levante if you value sporty performance and a first-class interior. Its price tag is a bit lofty for the class, though, and there are a few other European rivals that are comparable to the Levante. The Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 are among the best in the luxury midsize SUV segment.

If you take a Levante for a spin and find that it feels too large for you or not athletic enough, you may prefer the handing of a slightly smaller SUV. The Jaguar F-Pace, for example, is a nimble, fun-to-drive SUV. Though it belongs to the smaller luxury compact SUV class, the F-Pace actually offers more cargo space than the Levante does. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio and its high-performance Quadrifolio edition offer another set of alluring options for spirited drivers.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Maserati Levante?

For V6-powered Levante editions, there are few notable changes between the 2017 debut model and the 2019 model. You can likely save money and still get the same basic SUV by selecting a used model. If you are salivating over a V8-powered model, however, you'll have to buy new. The 2019 model is the first year for the GTS and Trofeo trim levels.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 and 2018 Levante reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

Our Maserati Levante review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2019 Maserati Levante review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Maserati Levante Cost?

The Levante is the second least expensive vehicle from Maserati. It starts at $75,980, or $1,000 more than the Maserati Ghibli sedan. Prices start at $86,980 for the Maserati Levante S AWD, $119,980 for the Maserati Levante GTS, and $169,980 for the Maserati Levante Trofeo.

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Maserati Levante Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Maserati Levante or Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne presents a compelling argument as the better midsize luxury SUV. It matches (or beats, depending on who you ask) the Levante for sporty performance. You can carry a couple of extra carry-on bags in the Cayenne thanks to its larger cargo area. Plus, its starting price is about $10,000 lower than the Maserati's.

Which Is Better: Maserati Levante or Mercedes-Benz GLE?

Between the Maserati Levante and the Mercedes-Benz GLE, you should stick with the Maserati if you want engaging performance. Though you can get more power with the GLE by upgrading to one of the Mercedes-AMG editions, these aren't quite as thrilling to drive as the Levante GTS or Trofeo. On the other hand, the GLE offers more opulence than the Levante does, and its interior is one of the most luxurious in the class. Furthermore, the Mercedes has far more cargo space, is available with lavish upgrades that you can't get in the Levante, and comes with an impressive suite of standard safety features.

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Levante Interior

How Many People Does the Levante Seat?

You can seat five people inside the two-row Levante. The front seats are magnificent, with top-notch leather upholstery and as many as 12 power adjustments to help you find the right seating position. The back seat can hold three medium-size adults, though accommodations feel cramped for those 6-foot tall or more. 

Levante and Car Seats

Each outboard rear seat in the Levante has an upper tether and a set of lower anchors for installing car seats.

Levante Interior Quality

High-quality touches inside the Levante include sumptuous leather seats, open-pore wood inlays, and accents in matte carbon fiber or glossy metal weave. Unfortunately, a few lower-grade elements, such as flimsy feeling buttons and switches, detract from an otherwise lavish cabin.

Levante Cargo Space

The Levante's approximately 20-cubic-foot cargo hold is among the smallest in the class. The BMW X5, by comparison, has a significantly larger cargo area of 33.9 cubic feet. A pass-through comes in handy for carrying skis, and the 60/40 split-folding rear seat expands the cargo space for larger items. The optional hands-free power liftgate makes it a breeze to open the back when your hands are full.

Levante Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Levante comes with an infotainment system that you control mainly with the 8.4-inch touch screen or a knob mounted in between the front seats. Additional buttons are located on the steering wheel and underneath the touch-screen display. The interface is easy to navigate, with Maserati using the same highly praised platform found in sibling vehicles from Dodge and Chrysler. However, Maserati borrowed some other hardware from these same brands as well, and these lower-quality materials diminish the Levante's high-end ambiance inside. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and premium sound systems from Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins are available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Levante Performance

Levante Engine: 4 Ferrari Engine Options

The 2019 Levante models come with a either a twin-turbocharged V6 or a twin-turbo V8. Horsepower ratings of these Ferrari-built engines range from 345 to as high as 590. A slick-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Acceleration is brisk and satisfying in every engine, with the intensity increasing as you move up the engine lineup. For extra oomph, switch to sport mode, which also minimizes the minor turbo lag experienced in normal mode. Exhaust notes are also robust in every engine option – this is good news for those that thrill over a snarly exhaust, but its full-bodied roar can grow tiring for those in search of a relaxing cruise.

Levante Gas Mileage: Extremely Thirsty

The Levante's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That fuel economy rating is one of the lowest in our ranking of luxury midsize SUVs. Gas mileage drops to 14/18 mpg city/highway for the V8-powered models.

Levante Ride and Handling: Refined and Responsive

The Levante will best serve those who want a comfortable, composed SUV that's also capable of kicking up its heels. It's stable and easy to drive, with an adaptive air suspension system and all-wheel drive in every model.

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Levante Reliability

Is the Maserati Levante Reliable?

The 2019 Levante does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Maserati Levante Warranty

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

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Levante Safety

Levante Crash Test Results

The Levante does not undergo crash test analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the case for several other Maserati models, including the Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati GranTurismo.

Levante Safety Features

Every Levante comes with front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. A host of high-tech safety features are available. The optional highway assist system grants semi-autonomous driving, keeping the car centered in its lane while managing the speed and distance behind other vehicles. The driver's hands must stay on the wheel at all times to keep the system engaged. Available advanced safety features include adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Maserati Levante Model Is Right for Me?

Maserati offers the Levante in four trim levels for 2019: base, S, GTS, and Trofeo. It pairs a different engine with each trim, with outputs starting at 345 horsepower and reaching as high as 590 horsepower. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Maserati offers the option to build the Levante and Levante S as a GranLusso (for extra luxury accoutrements) or as a GranSport (for a sporty boost). Upgrading to either series costs $6,000 on the base model and $5,000 on the Levante S.

If you have the freedom to spend as much as $170,000, you can have your pick of Levante models. You shouldn't fret if your spending limit is restricted to five figures, though. Even the base edition comes with a satisfying twin-turbocharged engine, first-class accommodations, and most of the features that come standard in the Levante S. Maserati has an appealing selection of packages and standalone options, so you can cherry pick your favorites to customize your luxury SUV.

Maserati Levante

The base model comes with a 345-horsepower V6 engine, all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Leather seats are standard, with heated, power-adjustable front seats. The infotainment system includes an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Prices start at $75,980.

Maserati Levante S

Standard features in the Levante S ($86,980) include a 424-horsepower V6 engine, Skyhook high-performance suspension, and a leather-wrapped cockpit.

Maserati Levante GTS

Maserati now offers V8-powered models, starting with the Levante GTS ($119,980). In addition to its 550-horsepower V8 engine, the GTS comes with perforated leather seats, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, and 20-inch wheels.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

Pricing for the all-new Trofeo starts at $169,980. This range-topping trim has a 590-horsepower V8 engine, painted brake calipers available in a variety of colors, upgraded leather seats with contrast stitching, and matte carbon fiber weave trim.

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The Final Call

If you want to stand apart from the usual German-bred rivals, the Maserati Levante is a captivating choice. Its star qualities include a series of Ferrari-built engines. These twin-turbocharged V6s and V8s are robust and come with snarly exhaust systems. The Levante's handling is more athletic than most vehicles in the class, while remaining smooth and balanced for a comfortable ride. The interior is also well-appointed for the most part, but the appearance of a few bits and pieces borrowed from lower-priced corporate siblings somewhat sullies this Maserati's elite standing.

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

  • "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)
  • "Its distinctive design helps it stand out in parking lots and on the road, and its engine plays the soundtrack of a thoroughbred, which is appropriate considering some of its roots come from Ferrari. … With a large entertainment display, the interior looks the part, too. That is, unless you recognize some of the buttons and switches borrowed from less expensive vehicles. Aside from some downmarket switchgear, the Levante lacks the interior and cargo space of its mainstream rivals. And as cool as the Ferrari link may sound, it means the Levante's fuel economy trails the segment. But these aren't the reasons you look for an SUV with a borderline exotic pedigree. In this regard, the Levante's flair and exclusivity separate it from the crowd." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "In traditionally Italian fashion, the SUV's design is polarizing but distinctive. The overall package strikes a nice balance between performance and practicality, with classic luxury features as well as more modern, high-tech details like its 8.4-inch infotainment screen and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And there's plenty of performance, whether you opt for the Levante S or the detuned 'base' Levante. The new model lives up to its billing as the 'Maserati of SUVs.'" -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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