2009 Maserati Quattroporte

  • 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      400/339
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $119,750
  • 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      433/361
    • ENGINE
      4.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $133,700
  • 2009 Maserati Quattroporte S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      425/361
    • ENGINE
      4.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $125,750
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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Review

Offers some excellent features, but you can find more powerful luxury sedans at lower prices.

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Overview

The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte offers several advantages, which interest drivers who can afford luxury sedans. Considering the car's high price, though, buyers should seriously consider whether they can get the same or better performance from other vehicles.

The Quattroporte definitely has some stand-out features. The Bose multimedia system makes it easy to get directions and choose music without taking your eyes off the road. The car also provides a comfortable interior. Of course, a cool exterior helps justify the Quattroporte's high price.

The 2009 Quattroporte comes with one of two engines. Both feel powerful, but the car needs plenty of power because of its heavy weight.

Overall, this great car merits consideration. Still, many find it tough to justify such a high price tag.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with manual shift control
Models: Maserati Quattroporte Base, Maserati Quattroporte S, Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

What's New

Maserati makes plenty of revisions for the 2009 Quattroporte. It offers three trim levels: base, S, and Sport GT S. The S and Sport GT S models contain new, 4.7-liter V-8 engines. Maserati also makes some minor changes to the Quattroporte's exterior by adjusting the headlights, adding a new grille, and switching to taillights with LED strips. On the inside, drivers find a new Bose multimedia integration system that shows several improvements over the previous version.

Exterior

The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte flaunts an exterior that combines the looks of classic Italian engineering with a forward-looking aesthetic. It stands out from other luxury sedans on the road, but it does so in a good way. It looks sporty without being flashy and classic without being dull. It makes a great combination of styles, which appeals to contemporary drivers willing to spend money on a high-priced sedan.

Interior

The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte offers a comfortable, spacious interior that makes it suitable for long trips as well as daily commuting. Exceptionally tall passengers might feel the need to duck, though, since it doesn't offer a ton of headroom.

The Quattroporte benefits from its customizability. Buyers choose from a wide range of colors. Whether you want something classic or garish, Maserati can make an interior to appeal to you.

The car's Bose multimedia system stands out as one of the interior's highlights. This marks a big advantage considering the poor designs of earlier Maserati multimedia systems. The current system uses hard-drive satellite navigation that makes it easy for the driver to stay on the right course. It also features an impressive stereo with digital music storage, iPod integration, and satellite radio. It can play CDs, DVDs, and MP3s to meet the needs of drivers no matter what format they prefer. The Bose system has an infrared sensor that turns on the proper multimedia function when you move your hand in its direction. That means you don't have to take your eyes off the road to crank up the radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Maerati Quattroporte offers two engines. The base Quattroporte employs a 4.2-liter V-8 that offers 400 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. The Quattroporte S uses a 4.7-liter V-8 that offers a boost in power to 425 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. The Quattroporte Sport GT S also contains a 4.7-liter V8, but it offers 433 hp.

What does this mean as far as speed? The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte has plenty of pep for most drivers. The 4.2-liter engine can go from zero to 60 mpg in about 5.5 seconds. The 4.7-liter engine shaves off a few tenths of a second. That's certainly good, but similar cars offer the same (or even more) power at a lower price.

The six-speed automatic transmission might turn off purists, but it actually works quite well. Few drivers could downshift as smoothly as the automatic transmission. If you like feeling in control, then this could mark a sore point. If you actually want better performance, though, the 2009 Quattroporte might make you second guess any assumptions that favor manual transmissions.

Some drivers complain that the 2009 S and Sport GT S Maserati Quattroporte give a slightly rough ride. The S has a smoother ride for those who prefer it.

Safety

The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte offers the safety features that you would expect to find in a high-performance, luxury vehicle of its ilk. It comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Maserati Quattroporte: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Responsive handling
  • Extensive list of customizable features

You Won't Like

  • High price
  • Less power than some competitors

Sum Up

Offers some excellent features, but you can find more powerful luxury sedans at lower prices.

If You Like This Vehicle

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