Buyer's Guide

2021 Maserati Levante
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Base
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 21 mpg
Horsepower 345@5,750
Torque 369@4,500
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2021 Maserati Levante MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Awesome Ferrari-built engines
  • Excellent steering feel
  • Comfortable high-speed cruising

Cons

  • Mixed interior quality
  • Less cargo space than key rivals
  • Unsettled suspension, soft brakes

Maserati introduced the Levante as its first SUV for the 2017 model year, and the model gets a minor face-lift for 2021 and an updated infotainment system. It competes with other midsize luxury SUVs including the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and BMW X5/X6.

What's New

  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • Improved resolution and graphics for infotainment display
  • Updated driver-assist tech
  • Maserati Connect smartphone capabilities
  • Slightly improved EPA fuel economy numbers

What We Think

There are aspects of this Italian SUV we love, but as a package, it fails to stand out from an impressive crowd. The available powertrains are both strong points. Eight-cylinder offerings in GTS and Trofeo models offer properly rapid acceleration, and even the V-6 provides plenty of aural drama and character. Feel from the hydraulically assisted steering is excellent. That said, the Trofeo finished dead last in our latest super-SUV comparison, due to its too-soft suspension and uninspiring, mushy brakes.

 

The Levante is a comfortable high-speed cruiser—it just doesn't turn or stop as well as other sport utes. There's a fair amount of recognizably Chrysler switchgear, too, which feels out of place at this elevated price point. Its dramatic sloping roofline also means the Levante is tighter on cargo space than its competitors. But if you dig the styling and want a Ferrari V-8 in your luxury crossover, the Maserati of SUVs could be a smart pick.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Maserati offers six- and eight-cylinder powertrain options with the Levante, with each engine available in multiple states of tune. An eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD are standard on all variants.

Levante

Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 345 hp/369 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 16/22 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.8 seconds

Levante S

Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 424 hp/428 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 16/22 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.9 seconds

Levante GTS

Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 550 hp/538 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 13/20 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.0 seconds (mfr est)

Levante Trofeo

Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 580 hp/538 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 13/20 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.8 seconds (mfr est)

Safety

Maserati's Driver Assistance package is standard on all but the base Levante. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera system, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist with lane centering.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Cargo volume behind the rear seat measures 20.5 cubic feet, and that number jumps up to 57.4 cubes with the seats folded down. Cargo capacity is less than the 27.1 and 27.4 cubic feet offered in the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, respectively. The Levante offers 41.6 inches of front legroom and 37.2 inches in the rear, meaning more front legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLE and X6. Rear legroom ranks between the Benz and Bimmer.

Technology

The Levante retains its standard 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display, but for 2021, it runs a new Android-based software and features a cleaner design. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are included, as is GPS navigation. A 7.0-inch display sits at the center of the instrument cluster in all models. Eight-speaker audio is standard. A 14-speaker Harman Kardon system is included on mid-level trims, and Trofeo models feature a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup.

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2021 MASERATI LEVANTE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V6 Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (AT8 - HP70)
Trim
Base
Class
Luxury Utility
Horsepower
345@5,750
Standard MPG
15/21
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
50,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
48
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
50,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated