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2017 Maserati Levante Review

The 2017 Maserati Levante earns a high ranking thanks to its exhilarating performance, refined interior, and ample praise from critics. However, it has little cargo space and a somewhat cramped second row.

Pros & Cons

  • Dynamic handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Elegant interior quality
  • High list price
  • So-so infotainment controls




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2017 Maserati Levante Overview

Is the 2017 Maserati Levante a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Levante is the first exercise in luxury SUVs from Maserati, and the brand nailed it. The Levante goes toe-to-toe with German heavyweights in performance, and its two muscular engines and sharp handling are more impressive than you might expect. The quality cabin oozes Italian style, with standard leather upholstery, wood trim, and tons of possible other interior styling combinations. It does come up a little short on utility though, with cargo space that trails the class and back seats that are tight on headroom for taller occupants.

The Levante is without a doubt a good luxury midsize SUV. However, as a used vehicle, the jury is still out. We don't yet have critical data for the Levante, like ownership costs and predicted reliability ratings. Many luxury vehicles have high ownership costs, which drags down their overall score. Predicted reliability can also make or break a used car's score and ranking.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 14 Maserati Levante reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Maserati Levante?

Prices for the 2017 Levante range from about $60,000 to about $80,000, with the average price at just over $70,000. This data comes from more than 100 listings for the 2017 Levante on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Maserati Levante Cost to Own?

Currently we don’t have estimates for the 2017 Levante’s gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Levante?

Maserati introduced the Levante as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. The 2018 Maserati Levante gained several available driver assistance features, including traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist. Maserati also changed the power steering from a hydraulic system to electric, which allows for the implementation of many semi-autonomous driving functions. If these changes aren’t important to you, consider saving money with a used Levante instead of buying a new one. Prices for the 2017 Levante range from around $60,000 to $80,000, while a new 2018 Levante starts at around $75,000 and can cost north of $90,000. 

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For what you might pay for a used 2017 Levante, you could get any number of new luxury midsize SUVs. The fully redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne starts at $65,700, which is close to the low end of used Levante prices. The high-ranking Cayenne’s performance is among the best in the class, even with its standard 335-horsepower engine. Inside the Cayenne features Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. You could also save tons of cash by going with another top player in the class, like the 2018 Audi Q7. It has standard seating for seven and a base price that’s under $50,000. Upgrades like a V6 engine, navigation, and smartphone integration put the Q7’s price tag at around $60,000.

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Which Model Year of the Maserati Levante Is Best?

The 2017 Maserati Levante was an all-new vehicle, so there are no older used models available.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Maserati Levante?

The 2017 Maserati Levante does not currently have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

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2017 Maserati Levante Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three open recalls that apply to the 2017 Maserati Levante. When driving at low speeds (such as in stop-and-go traffic), a software error may cause the transmission to unexpectedly shift into neutral, or the engine may shut off. These problems can increase the risk of a crash. The wiring harness in the front seats may short circuit and result in increased risk of a fire. Lastly, the rearview camera may malfunction become inoperable in very cold temperatures. Be sure that these issues have been addressed by a Maserati dealer before buying a used 2017 Levante.

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Which Used Maserati Levante Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Maserati Levante is available in two trims: the base model and the Levante S. The base Levante is a perfectly acceptable choice. It comes with a powerful engine and a lengthy list of standard features, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. The Levante S has an upgraded engine, but it costs more. Available features include a premium stereo and various driver assistance technologies.

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What Does Maserati's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Maserati’s certified pre-owned program is for vehicles four years old or less and with no more than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Maserati provides a two-year/unlimited-mile warranty on the following components: engine, transmission, differential and driveshaft, suspension, steering, brake system, cooling system, fuel system, electrical components, and climate control system. This coverage takes effect upon the expiration of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, which transfers to certified pre-owned buyers. Each CPO Maserati must pass a 120-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Maserati warranty page carefully.

Maserati’s CPO program isn’t as robust as that offered by most other luxury car manufacturers, according to our analysis. You’ll find better programs through Jaguar, Mercedes, and Audi, among others.

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How Safe Is the Levante?

Like many luxury vehicles, the 2017 Maserati Levante did not undergo any crash testing.

A rearview camera is standard in the 2017 Levante. Available advanced safety features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree parking camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Maserati Levante Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Maserati Levante or 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 BMW X5 ranks a little lower than the Levante, but both of these models boast excellent performance. The X5 combines BMW’s trademark handling abilities with great SUV utility, but its ride feels a bit stiff at times. This BMW offers five powertrains, including 300- or 445-horsepower engine, the high-performance 567-horsepower X5M, and fuel-efficient diesel and hybrid versions. The X5 offers a lot more cargo space than the Levante, and it’s available with a third row that ups seating to seven (though it’s rather small). The range of list prices for the X5 is about $20,000 lower than those of the Levante. Still, the X5 also has fairly high associated ownership costs for the class. Either SUV is a good choice, so your decision may come down to your budget and your priorities.

Which Is Better: 2017 Maserati Levante or 2017 Jaguar F-Pace?

Like the Levante, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace was an all-new vehicle for 2017. The F-Pace was Jaguar’s first foray into SUVs. It delivers sports-car-like handling and sharp maneuverability, but it can't quite match what the Levante has under the hood. Although the 180-horsepower diesel engine in the F-Pace has ho-hum acceleration, it gets great fuel economy. Other engine choices include a 340- or 380-horsepower supercharged V6. Both deliver admirable power and performance, but they don’t compare to the Levante's maximum output of 424 horses. Though the F-Pace is a luxury compact SUV, it offers more cargo space and rear-seat legroom than the Levante. These are both good SUVs, but the F-Pace's average price is tens of thousands of dollars lower than the Levante's, which may tilt the scales in favor of the F-Pace.

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2017 Levante Performance

How Does the 2017 Maserati Levante Drive?

Every 2017 Maserati Levante comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. It makes 345 horsepower in the base model, and the Levante S squeezes out 424 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

Both engines respond immediately when you press the accelerator, providing quick acceleration off the line. In fact, the standard Levante can go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. The racier S model cuts that dash down to just 5 seconds and ups the top speed to 164 mph. Rest assured, you'll have no trouble getting up to speed on the highway. The exhaust rumble adds to the fun, and the eight-speed automatic delivers seamless shifts right when you need them.

The Levante also has responsive steering and an adaptive air suspension with multiple modes to choose from. The suspension can be dialed down to its most comfortable setting or stiffened up for athletic corner carving. The end result is an SUV that feels solid and well-planted, yet very agile. The Levante drives and feels like a sports car, despite being a large and heavy SUV. You’ll find only a few rivals in this class that can match the Levante’s superb driving dynamics.

Does the 2017 Maserati Levante Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Levante gets 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The more powerful V6 loses 1 mpg highway. Most other rival luxury SUVs get higher fuel economy estimates, and some have very efficient diesel or plug-in hybrid variants.

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2017 Levante Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Levante Seat?

The Maserati Levante SUV seats five. It comes standard with niceties like leather upholstery and heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The front seats provide excellent comfort and support, and it's easy to find a relaxing position. You'll also have ample room to stretch out thanks to the spacious and airy front row. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available, as are sport front seats. The sport seats have large side bolsters that offer better lateral support.

Seating isn't as good in the second row. The back seats are on the small side, which means most adults will be comfortable but snug. Taller passengers will likely feel short on headroom. 

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Maserati Levante?

The Maserati Levante has two complete sets of rear LATCH child-seat connections. The system has not been evaluated for its ease of use.

2017 Maserati Levante Features

Standard features in the 2017 Levante include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two rear USB ports, an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation.

Available features include four-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround sound system, and a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround-sound system.

You can control the infotainment system using both touch-screen buttons and a control knob that's mounted on the center console. This system was codeveloped for use in other Fiat-Chrysler models that have only a touch screen. As a result, the control knob makes some features overly complicated to use. Still, the Levante's interface is mostly user-friendly.

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2017 Maserati Levante Dimensions

Maserati Levante Cargo Space

The 2017 Maserati Levante has 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 57 cubic feet with them folded. That’s less room than what many other luxury midsize SUVs offer. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

2017 Levante Length and Weight

The Maserati Levante is 16.4 feet long. It has a curb weight of 4,649 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Maserati Levante Built?

Maserati built the 2017 Levante in Italy.

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