Mileage: 15.155 miles
Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
Major Options: Leather Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation System, Alloy Wheels, Adaptive Suspension, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Remote Start, Parking Sensors, Premium Package, Heated Seats
The 2017 Maserati Levante is the Italian automaker’s first foray into the popular world of crossover SUVs. This sort of thing used to be a big deal; just ask Porsche, which faced a strong backlash from sports car fans in the mid-2000s when it brought out the Cayenne. But these days every luxury automaker has one, and we’re glad that Maserati is following suit. If you’re unmoved by the usual crossover suspects, the stylish Levante could be just what il dottore ordered.
On the move, the 2017 Maserati Levante is pretty refined. Maserati says low levels of interior noise were a design priority, and the efforts are appreciated. There’s some wind noise at speed and occasionally some tire roar, but conversations are easy to hold, and the audio system is easy to hear.
The Levante’s interior is unquestionably plush, and with all those potential color and trim combinations, it’s highly customizable, too. Those familiar with Chrysler and/or Fiat products will recognize certain buttons and switches, but those items aren’t necessarily subpar; it’s more the association with lesser brands that makes them worthy of mention. Otherwise, materials quality is more than adequate across the lineup, including extended leather coverage even on the base model, and options such as the Zegna Edition package add unique luxury trimmings that do justice to Maserati’s storied past. In-cabin storage is adequate. The center console provides a cubby and cupholders, but there are no open trays.
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