A luxury car that you may have forgotten about has officially crossed into sub-$20k territory. This Autotrader Find is a used 2015 Maserati Ghibli with an asking price of $19,990 and just under 100,000 miles on the clock. No, there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with it. There are only five photos in the Autotrader listing, but more pictures can be found on the dealer’s website.
What is the Ghibli?
The “M157” generation of the Maserati Ghibli marked the premium Italian brand’s return to the midsize luxury car segment. The Ghibli came out for the 2014 model year and the last Maserati in this segment was the Biturbo that was discontinued in 1994. The Ghibli was meant to be a smaller, more attainable alternative to the full-size Quattroporte. It may come off as just another luxury car, but the Ghibli was significant when it launched. It signaled Maserati’s intention of becoming a more mainstream luxury brand slotted somewhere between BMW and Rolls-Royce.
The Ghibli was actually quite a sales success and it certainly grew the Maserati brand. However, the car media couldn’t help but notice some familiarity when it first came out. Some familiarity was good like the exotic styling and the intoxicating exhaust note, but other familiarity was not so good.
A Chrysler Interior
The interior feels just plain cheap for a car that commanded a price tag of almost $70k when it was new in 2015. The controls that you touch every time you’re in the car like the ignition button, the window switches, and the turn signal stalk feel a bit…chintzy. Especially when you consider its price tag and other cars that compete in that field. We’re not too good for a plastic headlight knob, but we also don’t want a Maserati to remind us too much of a Dodge Dart.
That said, the Ghibli uses a Uconnect infotainment system that’s the same as the one found in more common Jeeps, Dodges, and Chryslers, but it’s a great system by 2015 standards so that’s actually a good thing.
None of this is to say that the Ghibli is a bad car. It’s a good luxury car with a striking exterior design, a fun Ferrari-built twin-turbo V6 engine, and some good technology that’s aging well. It’s just that the Ghibli was a very questionable value proposition when it first came out. You may remember Doug DeMuro calling the Ghibli the single most overpriced car in the car industry…period. Enter the used market and the Ghibli’s value problem is cured.
More Interesting Than an E-Class
Thinking about a used BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class from the last five years or so? Consider the Ghibli, an interesting alternative that is largely forgotten. It prioritizes aesthetics (both visually and audibly) over just about everything else, but maybe that’s your style too. Sure, your friends would be impressed if you drove an Audi. But think about how much more impressed they’d be by an exotic, Italian Maserati.
As of this writing, this is the only Ghibli on Autotrader for under $20,000. But, they’re getting fairly common under the $30k mark. That tells us that this is a car to keep an eye out for if you’re looking for a deal on a cool midsize luxury car. Find a Maserati Ghibli for sale