About a year ago, I reviewed the Maserati Levante and noted that it was a mixed bag — an OK SUV, to be sure, but not an excellent one. The driving experience was truly fantastic, but the interior materials, the cost and the equipment for the cost was all a little too much for me to give the Levante any sort of recommendation.
I came to those conclusions as the Levante was a new car, with an $80,000 sticker price — but now that it’s been on the market for a couple of years, something has happened: it’s getting cheap really, really fast. And that makes it a lot more appealing.
This particular Levante is an excellent example of what I’m talking about. This 2017 Levante has traveled just 8,400 miles from new, and yet it’s currently listed for sale on Autotrader for $54,988 — a massive discount compared to its original price just 18 months and 8,400 miles ago. Although I think the Levante is a hard sell at $80,000, it starts to become really, really appealing in the $55,000 range — and it’s heading below $50,000 quickly, which makes it even more desirable.
And, indeed, there’s nothing especially wrong with this Levante. The Carfax report shows one owner, with no accidents or incidents, and notes that it has a clean title. The selling dealership of this particular Levante is North Freeway Hyundai in the Houston area, but Maserati also offers a certified pre-owned program — and CPO models aren’t dramatically more expensive, with the cheapest CPO Levante currently offered by Morrie’s Luxury Auto, a Maserati dealership in the Minneapolis area, for $57,699.
And so, with that in mind, you might want to consider the Maserati Levante, which isn’t a very good $80,000 car, but is a surprisingly strong bargain at around $55,000 or less.