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2017 Maserati Ghibli: Overview

If you’re looking for information on a newer Maserati Ghibli, we’ve published an updated overview: 2018 Maserati Ghibli Overview

What’s New For 2017?

The 2017 Maserati Ghibli makes two big changes: It adds an updated infotainment system, and it finally adds driver assistance safety features like a blind-spot monitor, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control and more.

What We Like

Head-turning styling; excellent sound; impressive brand cachet See the 2017 Maserati Ghibli models for sale near you

What We Don’t

So-so performance; high price tag; some mediocre interior materials; massive depreciation

Overview

Despite the Maserati Ghibli’s $72,000 base price, this is the baby Maserati: the brand’s entry-level vehicle, slotting below the larger and more powerful Quattroporte, designed to compete with standard-fare luxury vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6.

That’s right: A Maserati that’s designed to compete with traditional luxury cars from normal luxury brands — and on paper, it seems to work. The Ghibli is about the same size as those cars and base-level models come with a competitive 345-horsepower turbocharged V6, which features standard rear-wheel drive. Shoppers who want more power or all-weather driving capabilities can opt for the Ghibli S, which features 404 hp and available all-wheel drive. Both models come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

While that all sounds very appealing, the Ghibli trails behind its more established competition in a few crucial areas. For example, pricing starts north of $70,000, which is far more than a well-equipped E-Class, while a high-end S Q4 model starts at a pricey $79,600 — and that’s before options. Another drawback is the Ghibli’s performance, especially in base-level form — it doesn’t quite live up to the Maserati name.

Fortunately, Maserati has made a concerted effort to increase the Ghibli’s level of equipment and the sedan now boasts typical standard luxury car conveniences like Bluetooth, a backup camera, a power sunroof and a touchscreen. Same goes with options, now that the Ghibli’s available with high-tech safety features like a blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning and more. And while performance could use a similar boost, the Ghibli certainly sounds like a Maserati.

It isn’t perfect — but the 2017 Maserati Ghibli brings a little Italian flair to a portion of the market that has been dominated by stoic Germans for too long.

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