The 2022 Maserati Levante comes with Cutting-edge, smooth, refined, purposeful, and innovation there is to uplift your emotions onboard. The Levante goes straight into the good stuff, starting with a twin-turbo V-6 base engine and culminating with an optional twin-turbo V-8 that’s good for up to 580-hp. At first glance, the Levante’s cabin appears to be the ultimate in poshness; it’s layered with fine materials—including a unique leather-and-silk upholstery option from fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

While the 2022 Maserati Levante is not the quickest or the most powerful performance-oriented luxury crossover, it certainly plays one of the better soundtracks. Under the hood of most Levante models is a twin-turbocharged V-6 routing its 350 horsepower—or 430 horses in the Modena—to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. In our testing, a 2017 V-6–powered Levante delivered a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds, besting the Mercedes-AMG GLE53. The Modena S and Trofeo models come with a twin-turbo V-8 making 550 and 580 horsepower, respectively. At the test track a GTS (which is replaced by the Modena S for 2022) launched itself to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while a Trofeo did it in 3.6. With its adaptive shocks set in Sport mode, the Levante’s ride is jarring when driving over all but the smoothest road surfaces. Comfort levels are much more agreeable, though the suspension is hardly supple, with the shocks in their default setting.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

On paper, the2022 Maserati Levante is no fuel-sipper. In fact, its EPA estimates for V-6 models—16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway—are closer to V-8–powered rivals than to other V-6s. In our real-world testing, however, the V-6 impressed us with a highway fuel-economy result much higher than its ratings suggested with a 24 mpg result. The V-8–powered models earned ratings of 13 mpg city and 20 mpg highway and delivered 20 mpg in our testing. For more information about the Levante’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

At first glance, the inside of the 2022 Maserati Levante appears rich and well-appointed, especially in our test vehicle, which featured the full-leather treatment in a rich dark-brown hue. Open-pore wood trim, a leather-covered dashboard, tasteful chrome accents, and the traditional Maserati analog clock all give the Levante a classy and old-school luxury ambience. Looking closer, however, reveals parts that are obviously shared with other Stellantis brands—for example, the window switches, wiper-control stalk, and ignition button are the same as the Jeep Cherokee‘s—which is a disappointment.

The controls are functional, though, and better than some of the ergonomically questionable examples Maserati has come up with on its own over the years. Speaking of ergonomics, the driving position in the Levante is great and clearly set up for spirited motoring. Like a pair of Versace stilettos, the Levante puts a big emphasis on style. Its cargo area still accommodated a respectable number of our carry-on suitcases (eight behind the rear seat, 19 with the rear seats folded), even if others in this segment fared much better. Park them all side by side, however, and the Maserati’s bravura overshadows the practicality of its rivals.

Infotainment and Connectivity

We haven’t had the chance to try Maserati’s latest infotainment interface, but it’s said to be brilliantly rendered on the Levante’s 8.4-inch touchscreen. Most vehicle functions, including the climate controls, are adjusted through the infotainment display, but the system also offers a voice-activated virtual assistant. Navigation is standard, as are SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A wireless charging pad is also included. Although an eight-speaker stereo system is standard, buyers can upgrade to either a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon setup or a 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

A few driver-assistance features are standard, and another more advanced tech is optional across the range. For more information about Levante’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Maserati Levante

2022 Maserati Levante

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Full Specifications

Engine Name Engine: V6 Turbo 3.0 Liter Trim GT
Horsepower 345@5,750 Body Style SUV/Crossover
Fuel Unleaded Premium Transmission Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (AT8 – HP70)
Class Luxury Utility Standard MPG 16/22
Drivetrain AWD Seating 5/5
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