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2018 Maserati Levante Review

The 2018 Maserati Levante has some of the best driving dynamics in the luxury midsize SUV class, but its cabin materials and features list fall short of the competition.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Incredible agility
  • Smooth ride
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Less cargo space than nearly every rival
  • Lower-rent cabin materials than competitors




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.3
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.

2018 Maserati Levante Overview

Is the 2018 Maserati Levante a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Maserati Levante is a very good used luxury midsize SUV. Few rivals can match its performance, which provides the perfect blend of vigorous engine power and composed handling.

The 2018 Levante has many strengths:

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Robust twin-turbocharged V6 engines
  • Slick eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Exceptionally deft handling
  • Cushioned ride
  • Comfortable, plush front seats

However, it has several drawbacks, as well:

  • Tiny cargo capacity for the class
  • Only one standard safety feature
  • Back seats are cramped for tall passengers
  • No available third row
  • Rivals have more luxurious cabins
  • Infotainment controls are somewhat complicated
  • No V8 engines
  • Lousy gas mileage
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Maserati Levante review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 17 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Maserati Levante?

Based on listings for the 2018 Maserati Levante on our site, the average price is $60,400. Prices range from $54,000 to $78,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Maserati Levante Cost to Own?

As of this writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 Levante’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Levante?

The 2019 Maserati Levante starts at $76,980. It’s the first Levante available with GTS and Trofeo trims, which feature twin-turbocharged V8 engines that put down more than 550 horsepower. If you want to elevate the Levante’s performance and can afford to do so, buy new. However, you can save money and still get stellar engine power with a used Levante.

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The 2018 model is part of the Levante’s first generation, which began with the 2017 model year. The 2018 Levante gained a couple available driver assistance features, but it’s otherwise unchanged from 2017. Unless you want traffic sign recognition or lane keep assist, we suggest shopping for a 2017 Levante, which will likely cost less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Maserati Levante?

At the time of writing, the 2018 Levante has not been rated for projected reliability by J.D. Power.

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2018 Maserati Levante Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Maserati Levante:

  • Incomplete sub frame welds in some models may fracture, increasing the risk of a crash

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Maserati Levante Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Maserati Levante comes in two main trims: base and S. Two mini-trims are also available: GranLusso and GranSport. The main difference between the Levante and the Levante S is the extra 79 horsepower you get in the latter. The S trim also comes with a few more safety features and cabin upgrades. If the standard engine has enough power for you, the base model is the best value. If you want a few more amenities, look for a base model equipped with an options package. You may find one that costs less than the Levante S.

  • Maserati Levante: The base Maserati Levante comes with a 345-horsepower engine. Standard features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, SD card slots, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, genuine leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a power liftgate, and adaptive air suspension.
  • Maserati Levante S: The Levante S comes with a 424-horsepower engine, upgraded genuine leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, shift paddles, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
  • Maserati GranLusso and GranSport: When new, the Levante GranLusso offered styling options like additional paint colors and alloy wheels. The Levante GranSport adds front sport seats. Both trims come with soft-close doors.

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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?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Levante.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • adaptive cruise control
  • traffic sign recognition
  • forward collision warning
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Maserati Levante Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Maserati Levante or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE has a lineup of strong engines, including V8s that churn out more horsepower than either of the available Levante engines. The GLE also has more cargo space, a ritzier and roomier cabin, and more standard tech features. And it costs about $6,000 less than the Levante on average. The Maserati, on the other hand, has superior driving dynamics, so it’s more of a driver’s vehicle. If performance is high on your priority list, pick the Levante. Otherwise, the GLE is the better all-around SUV.

Which Is Better: 2018 Maserati Levante or 2018 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is one of few competitors that can match, or even exceed, the Levante’s exceptional agility. The Cayenne Turbo S, the SUV’s highest performance trim, features a 570-horsepower engine with breakneck acceleration. However, prices for this trim typically carry a much higher premium than the highest Levante trims. The Cayenne also has one of the most upscale cabins in the segment, along with an easier-to-use infotainment system and more cargo space than the Levante. Not only is the Porsche a better SUV, but the base model Cayenne is likely to save you upwards of $6,000 compared to the Levante.

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2018 Levante Performance

How Does the 2018 Maserati Levante Drive?

The 2018 Maserati Levante’s punchy base engine delivers vigorous acceleration, but there's another option for drivers who require more brawn. The Levante S has the same engine as the base model, but it generates more horsepower for thrilling off-the-line acceleration. According to Maserati, the Levante S can reach 60 mph in five seconds. Additionally, both engines produce a deep, satisfying growl. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that consistently finds the correct gear.

The all-wheel-drive Levante provides sports-car-like handling and sharp steering, and it maintains composure when taking corners with speed. You can adjust its driving dynamics between the standard adaptive air suspension’s four modes: Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and I.C.E (Increased Control and Efficiency). The ride is smooth, and Sport mode boosts the SUV’s athleticism.

  • Base engine: 345-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Available engine: 424-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Maserati Levante Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Maserati Levante’s fuel economy estimates are among the worst in the luxury midsize SUV class.

  • 345-horsepower V6: 14/20 mpg city/highway
  • 424-horsepower V6: 14/19 mpg

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2018 Levante Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Levante Seat?

The 2018 Levante seats five people in two rows. The roomy, well-cushioned front seats provide long-term comfort. The rear seats are roomy enough for average-height adults, but taller occupants might feel cramped. Unlike some class rivals, the Levante isn't available with a third row. The cabin is handsomely styled, but rivals look and feel more luxurious inside.

Standard seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • power-adjustable steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • upgraded leather upholstery
  • silk seat inserts
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Maserati Levante?

The 2018 Levante has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

2018 Maserati Levante Features

You use a console-mounted control knob to operate the Levante's infotainment system. Several rivals have similar infotainment controls, but theirs are generally more user-friendly than the Levante’s.

  • Standard infotainment features: an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation
  • Available infotainment features: a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and remote start
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, and push-button start
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof

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2018 Maserati Levante Dimensions

Maserati Levante Cargo Space

The Levante has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 57 cubic feet with those seats folded. Those are some of the lowest capacities in the class. Most rivals have upwards of 60 cubic feet, while some have more than 80. A power liftgate is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Maserati Levante Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,650 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Maserati Levante Built?

Maserati built the 2018 Levante in Italy.

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