2018 Maserati Levante

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MSRP: $74,050 - 90,750

2018 Maserati Levante Review

The 2018 Maserati Levante is one of the most athletic, fun-to-drive SUVs on the road – and it has a stylish interior to boot. It has some shortcomings in terms of practicality, but this SUV still deserves its spot in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

Pros & Cons

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

Is the Maserati Levante a Good SUV?

The Maserati Levante is definitely a good SUV. It has powerful engines, adept handling, and a smooth ride. It's only real flaw in terms of performance is its subpar (OK, terrible) gas mileage. Inside, you'll find a sleek cabin with comfortable front seats and easy-to-use technology. Many rivals have more posh materials and offer more cargo space, but so what if this Maserati isn't perfect? There are a lot more reasons to like the Levante than not.

Should I Buy the Maserati Levante?

The Levante finishes high in our class rankings, but many SUVs are similar – or slightly better – in terms of overall quality. On top of that, many rivals also deliver more practicality and cost less. Before you drive home in a Levante, check out competitors like the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Maserati Levante?

Maserati introduced the Levante for the 2017 model year. The 2018 model gets a few new driver assistance features – including traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist – but is otherwise nearly identical to the 2017 model. That means you can likely save money by shopping for a used model, without missing out on many features.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overview of the 2017 Maserati Levante. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from the current Levante generation, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Maserati Levante Cost?

The Levante's starting price is a bit under $75,000, which is a considerably higher starting price than all but a couple luxury midsize SUVs. Top-of-the-line Levante S models start at around $86,000. That's not outrageous for a top trim in this class, but some competitors top out at less than $60,000.

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Maserati Levante Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Maserati Levante or Porsche Cayenne?

With its dynamic handling ability, the Porsche Cayenne is one class rival that can keep up with the Levante. There are several Cayenne models, culminating in a 570-horsepower Turbo S Cayenne with blistering speed. The Cayenne has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, more cargo space than the Levante, and a superior infotainment system. The Cayenne also has a lower starting price than the Levante, and it finishes higher in the class rankings. These are both good SUVs, but the Porsche is the better choice.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLE has plenty of engine options, including some with more horsepower than any Levante engine (and some with better mpg ratings). However, the Maserati is far and away the more agile vehicle. The GLE has a more posh and spacious cabin, as well as much more cargo space. The Mercedes also has more tech features and a much lower starting price. The Levante is definitely more fun to drive, but the GLE has several other advantages, and it's the better choice if you're looking for a car to drive every day.

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Levante Interior

How Many People Does the Levante Seat?

The Levante seats five. The front seats are spacious and supportive, but the same can't be said for the rear seats. Taller passengers will find them snug and may wish for more headroom. Unlike some other SUVs in the class, this Maserati doesn't offer a third-row seat.

Levante and Car Seats

The Maserati Levante features two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Levante Interior Quality

The Levante has a modern and stylish interior, but it falls short of rivals' levels of luxury. That's because there are too many materials that look like they don't belong in a luxury vehicle.

Levante Cargo Space

This Maserati has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class, but that doesn't mean you can't haul anything. With the rear seats up, you have about 20 cubic feet of space, giving you enough room to take your golden retriever to the park or fit a weekend's worth of luggage for the family.

Fold the rear seats down, and you have 57 cubic feet – enough room for some large pieces of outdoor gear or some small furniture items. Still, some class rivals have more than 80 cubic feet of cargo space.

Levante Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Levante include an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

The infotainment system has an intuitive interface, though it has some quirks. You can also use a control knob to adjust settings, though it's not as easy to use as those in some rivals.

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Levante Performance

Levante Engine: 2 Turbos, 6 Cylinders

A twin-turbo six-cylinder engine powers every Maserati Levante. The base model's engine puts out 345 horsepower, while the Levante S has 424 horses. In both, you'll have dynamic acceleration and plenty of high-end power, though the Levante S is noticeably quicker. Both engines sound great as well.

Levante Gas Mileage: Make Friends With the Gas Pump

If you love spending money on gas, then the Levante is for you. It's one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, earning just 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Driving the Levante will cost you about $600 more per year in fuel than rivals like the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Levante Ride and Handling: Living Up to the Maserati Name

Regardless of road quality, the Levante delivers a smooth ride, but that's not nearly as impressive as its handling. This SUV provides responsive steering and excellent road grip, and few SUVs can match the Levante's handling ability. Even at speed, this Maserati easily handles turns, and there's not much body roll.

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Levante Reliability

Is the Maserati Levante Reliable?

The 2018 Maserati Levante does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Maserati Levante Warranty

The Maserati Levante comes with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty. Many luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

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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 2018 Maserati Levante.

Levante Safety Features

The Levante has no notable standard driver assistance features beyond a rearview camera. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Which Maserati Levante Model Is Right for Me?

The main difference between the Levante and the Levante S is the extra 79 horsepower you get in the latter. The S also comes with a few more features, but there's not enough of a difference between it and the base Levante to justify the added cost. You can get the base Levante, add several features, and still pay less than you would for the base Levante S.

Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante has a base price of $74,790 and comes standard with a 345-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment includes 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, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a power liftgate, and adaptive air suspension.

The Climate package ($950) adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Driver Assist package ($3,000) adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera.

Individual options include ventilated front seats, a 360-degree camera, a hands-free liftgate, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo. These add-ons range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

The Levante GranLusso and GranSport both start at $80,850. These mini-trims add upgraded styling. The GranSport also adds front sport seats and soft-close doors.

Maserati Levante S

The Levante S starts at $86,100. It comes with a 424-horsepower engine, upgraded leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, shift paddles, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Levante S offers many of the same option packages and individual features, though some prices are different.

The Levante S GranLusso and GranSport both start at $91,660. These mini-trims add upgraded styling. The GranSport also adds front sport seats and soft-close doors.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Maserati Levante doesn't see many changes from the 2017 model. That's just fine, as it once again finishes high in our luxury midsize SUV rankings. This is an exceptionally fun-to-drive SUV, and it makes a great choice for buyers looking to cut up winding roads. However, some rivals are more practical and many are less expensive, so the Levante may not be the right choice for every buyer.

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

  • "We've spent some time driving the new Levante on our turf, and we can say that it shamelessly packs the verve of this luxury Italian designer marque. It oozes performance and personality, as well as its fair share of imperfections." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Bored with other automakers' luxury crossover SUVs? Check out the new 2017 Maserati Levante. The iconic Maserati trident on the grille is a badge you certainly won't see every day, and the Levante backs it up with turbocharged V6 power, sport-focused handling, and a slew of luxury and technology features." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "If you're looking for distinctive, stand-out styling and solid performance, just hearing the roar of its twin-turbo V-6 will be worth the price for some buyers. While Maserati's quality hasn't quite matched rivals, … the new Levante would be worth considering for those who don't want yet another German SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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