View Local Inventory
Save

2019 Maserati Levante

2019 Maserati Levante

Change year or vehicle
$6,563 — $162,853 NEW and USED
8
Photos
SUV
5 Seats
15-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
 — 
Compare 8 trims

We’re looking for the best deals on a Maserati near you…

Are you looking for more listings?

Change location

Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.

Search Again

— OR —

Sign up for listing notifications

Sign Up

2019 Maserati Levante Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2019 Maserati Levante SUV combines stout performance with mass-market attributes thanks to Maserati’s ties to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. More often than not those family ties work in its favor. Is that the case for the new Levante?

By Kelsey Mays

The verdict: The 2019 Maserati Levante combines stout performance with mass-market attributes thanks to Maserati’s ties to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. More often than not, those family ties work in its favor.

Versus the competition: Much like other six-figure SUVs, the Levante is athletic and luxurious. But it also makes passing grades on utility and practicality, which sets the Maserati apart from many of its ilk.

The Levante hit the market two model years ago as Maserati’s first SUV, built on a platform shared with the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. For 2019, the Levante adds a turbocharged V-8 engine that slots above the carryover turbo V-6. Between the two engines, the Levante offers four output levels across eight trims, all with standard all-wheel drive. Compare the variants here, or stack up the 2018 and 2019 Levante here. We evaluated both the V-6 and V-8 variants, including the performance-topping Levante Trofeo on Wisconsin’s venerated Road America racetrack.

Speed, Solidity

Power came in a burst of high-revving thrust from the V-6 example we tested in 2018, a 424-hp Levante S. (The base Levante, which we haven’t evaluated, makes 345 hp with the V-6.) From a stop, power builds readily enough to scoot the Levante S to 60 mph in a manufacturer-estimated 5 seconds flat, but it’s a peaky experience you sometimes have to wait out in the midst of normal driving and passing. It might help if the standard eight-speed automatic transmission downshifted more swi...

The verdict: The 2019 Maserati Levante combines stout performance with mass-market attributes thanks to Maserati’s ties to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. More often than not, those family ties work in its favor.

Versus the competition: Much like other six-figure SUVs, the Levante is athletic and luxurious. But it also makes passing grades on utility and practicality, which sets the Maserati apart from many of its ilk.

The Levante hit the market two model years ago as Maserati’s first SUV, built on a platform shared with the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. For 2019, the Levante adds a turbocharged V-8 engine that slots above the carryover turbo V-6. Between the two engines, the Levante offers four output levels across eight trims, all with standard all-wheel drive. Compare the variants here, or stack up the 2018 and 2019 Levante here. We evaluated both the V-6 and V-8 variants, including the performance-topping Levante Trofeo on Wisconsin’s venerated Road America racetrack.

Speed, Solidity

Power came in a burst of high-revving thrust from the V-6 example we tested in 2018, a 424-hp Levante S. (The base Levante, which we haven’t evaluated, makes 345 hp with the V-6.) From a stop, power builds readily enough to scoot the Levante S to 60 mph in a manufacturer-estimated 5 seconds flat, but it’s a peaky experience you sometimes have to wait out in the midst of normal driving and passing. It might help if the standard eight-speed automatic transmission downshifted more swiftly, but it’s merely adequate in this regard.

Opt for the V-8, and the sprint takes just 4 seconds in the GTS (550 hp) or 3.7 seconds in the Trofeo (590 hp). I noted some accelerator lag off the line in a GTS in Normal driving mode, but a selectable Sport mode improves on that. Trofeo models add a harder-core mode called Corsa. Lag aside, power comes early enough that both the GTS and Trofeo can pile on speed regardless of gear or rpm.

The V-8, which displaces just 3.8 liters, remains on the peakier side: It can flex some low-end torque if you keep modest pressure on the gas, but it shows its best stuff if you don’t hold back. Go hard on the gas, and revs build quickly as the Levante’s V-8 storms toward redline, wailing exhaust and all. I came nowhere close to the Trofeo’s top speed, a Joe Walsh-approved 189 mph, but flying down Road America’s straightaways at something north of 100 mph, the Levante’s stability felt unflappable. Brake hard from such speeds and the SUV feels reasonably planted, with confident stopping power and linear pedal feel. Most trim levels share the Trofeo’s brakes, which feature monster 15-inch front discs and Brembo six-piston calipers.

The Levante’s standard all-wheel drive defaults more power to the rear wheels, and it’s enough to slide the tail a little sideways if you pile on the gas around a tight bend. The chassis doesn’t beg to be rotated — the rear kicks around in halting, tentative motions before the stability system reins it back in — but it’s evidence enough of the SUV’s rear-drive bias. Sustained curves exhibit minimal understeer, and both the steering ratio and overall feedback are engaging enough, if less visceral than in the Stelvio SUV from fellow FCA brand Alfa Romeo. A mechanical limited-slip rear differential is standard in the Levante, but active torque vectoring — the sort that overdrives the outside wheel to aid cornering — is unavailable.

Indeed, outside its high-rpm power and sound, very little about the Levante shrieks “performance.” The steering wheel turns with a lighter touch than you’d expect from a performance SUV, and ride quality during a 530-mile road trip in the GTS was firm but livable. (Air springs and adaptive shock absorbers are standard across all grades, but V-8 models have unique tuning.) That trip returned 19.7 mpg in mostly highway driving and warm temperatures, with normal driving modes and about 20 minutes’ idling at a rest stop — significantly better than the GTS’ EPA-estimated highway rating of 18 mpg. Maserati’s Highway Assist System, an option on the Levante, faithfully centered our test car in its lane all the way down to a stop, though only on GPS-tracked highways. To our frustration, it doesn’t help steer on “unapproved” roads as some vehicles do.

Quality, Quantity

We’ve chided FCA before for throwing the same interior controls into some Maseratis as it does into numerous Jeep and Dodge products, and the Levante is no different. The window switches are chrome-flecked versions of what’s in a Cherokee or Charger; the seat-heater buttons for the backseat are straight out of Chrysler’s 2000s-era parts bin. Still, if you consider the alternative from sibling brand Alfa Romeo, which has layouts that are unique but defy logic, I welcome Maserati’s approach.

Though it’s marketed as a Maserati Touch Control Plus display, the Levante’s touchscreen is FCA’s familiar Uconnect dashboard. It sports Maserati-specific graphics but the same intuitive menus and functionality, complete with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An armrest-level controller offers two concentric knobs for volume and tuning duty, and a medium cubby ahead of it accommodates cellphones and parking passes. The setup isn’t perfect, but it’s logical. That’s a quality missing in too many luxury cars these days.

Leather upholstery is standard. Various upgraded hides and wood or carbon-fiber trim — the latter offered in a three-dimensional, textured weave — are optional, as is extended leather for much of the dashboard and doors (a vinyl dash is standard). The extra cowhide looks handsome, though cheaper plastics on lower portions of the B-pillars expose some cost-cutting amid the finery. In this price range, you get to nitpick.

Overall space is unremarkable given the Levante’s mid-size footprint. Some drivers may find knee clearance pinched up front, but the chairs are comfortable over long trips. The backseat is a bit low to the floor and suffers an overstuffed lower backrest, but legroom is acceptable. The fixed head restraints block visibility out a rear window that’s small to begin with, but the Levante’s large side mirrors redeem some of that.

The $164,000 Question

If you think a six-figure SUV should be different — in its controls, interior layout or styling — there’s a Tesla or Porsche or Land Rover for you. The Levante’s mass-market familiarity will turn off some shoppers, and perhaps some of its most outdated aspects should. But it’s extraordinary in many other ways, and the fact that it’s also reasonably practical is icing on the cake. Is it prosaic to fixate on such aspects in a car that runs from just south of $80,000 to well over double that? Sure, but that’s what sets the Levante apart.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Vroooom!

by Maseratiman from Boca Raton,FL on August 10, 2020

The Levante is a dream car with lots of horsepower and elegance. It’s a beautiful car inside and out. You will not regret it! I have already referred a friend to get one. Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!

by Eric Trelz from St. Louis, MO on June 13, 2020

I have ownerd two Land Rover LR4s, two Alfa Romero Stevilos, one was a quadfroligo, two BMWs X5 and X4, Fords, GMC, Toyota Land Cruiser, Volvos. This car has them all beat in every category, except ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Maserati Levante currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Maserati Levante has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Maserati

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    2014-18 Ghibli, Gran Tursimo, Levante and Quattroporte models; dependent on service record

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Remainder of orginal warranty plus 2 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    120-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2019 Levante Stories

See all 2019 Maserati Levante articles

Change Year or Vehicle

0 Photos
0 / 0

Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Levante received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

What's your location?

To find the best deals near you, please enter your ZIP code.

Get your new car price quote

Select the car you want

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.