“The Mazzer’s all-wheel-drive mechatronics also provide brake-based torque vectoring at the rear axle. Mom and dad can enjoy an extra measure of power-on yaw when they drift-bomb the hairpins on the way to Telluride.
“You know, I thought I’d hate this vehicle, and I was partly right. It isn’t my kind of getting-around, frankly. It’s big, it’s heavy (Motor Trend weighed an identical test car and got 4,979 pounds) and the grille makes it look like it’s wearing corrective headgear. While I’m tallying demerits, it’s got a monstrous turning circle and I cannot abide the way the legal-language warning appears on the beautiful center touch screen and stays thereuntil you submit to pressing the Accept button.
“More seriously, Maserati’s gear selector can be quite finicky, and if you aren’t mindful you can easily throw it into Reverse meaning to hit Park and, pulling down, Neutral instead of Drive. Holy cats, is the first person to notice this the reviewer for the WSJ? Seems unlikely.
“But I couldn’t help it. The Levante grew on me. It is so unapologetically boss. Out on the highway, the Levante rides suitably like a magic carpet, lush and well tempered but with a surprising amount of allowable body movement. This thing should have deck cleats.”