KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Davis, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 1/31/2014
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is the 3rd-generation of the model, but it's been 17 years since the last one, and this new smaller Maserati comes only as a 4-door sedan. As with past Maseratis, the Ghibli is the clear sporting leader in this segment given its suspension settings and power delivery. The chassis architecture under the Ghibli sport sedan is also all-new and the drive performance is precise and enjoyable. For North America, the stylish Ghibli comes in two trims: the rear-drive Ghibli and the all-wheel-drive Ghibli S Q4. No one really needs an Italian luxury sedan, what with all the good premium Japanese and Germans, but many desire one. And the 2014 Maserati Ghibli stands apart from the crowd.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you are tired of seeing buyers of premium midsize sedans bringing home one of the Germans (Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class) and you desire real flair and a spirited drive for four adults (though it's technically a 5-seater), while having ample room inside and unique personalization options, then shop the 2014 Maserati Ghibli.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Ghibli is a true sporting sedan, so if you want a super-soft and sophisticated adaptive suspension and total silence in the cabin, you may want something else. The fun, new twin-turbo V6 engine is less fuel efficient than you might like at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
What's New for 2014
Essentially everything about the 2014 Maserati Ghibli sedan lineup is new, from the chassis itself to the Ferrari-built 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine, to every aluminum body panel. The adaptable 8-speed automatic transmission is of the latest German technology. Only the classy interior theme is familiar.
The Maserati Ghibli (GEE-blee with a hard "g" as in "guts"), emphasizes the "sport" in sport sedan, whether driving the 345-horsepower Ghibli or top S Q4 version. The structural rigidity of the latest Maserati helps the car's handling, as does the choice to remain with traditional hydraulic steering instead of making the switch to electrical steering. Most of our testing was done driving the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 with 404 horsepower and even more torque to help acceleration to 60 mph happen in just 4.7 seconds or less. The Q4 all-wheel drive system is 100-percent rear-biased under normal conditions, sending traction to the front axle quickly on an as-needed basis. Press the Sport button on the center dash and gearshifts and throttle response get crisper, while it also opens up the sport exhaust, which makes a great sound. Standard on all Ghibli sedans is a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, a major badge of honor for a sporting car.
The Ghibli uses aluminum in the chassis structure and for various body panels, helping contain the overall weight and adding stiffness. The drive dynamics on the Ghibli benefit enormously from this. Aluminum in the crash structure helped the Maserati Ghibli achieve 5-star Top Safety Pick status in IIHS testing.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is as large as the Audi A7 but competes with the Audi A6 and Lexus GS. Being five inches longer than the GS gives passengers in the Ghibli sedan noticeably more space to stretch out and enjoy the Italian cabin. Cargo space is 18.7 cubic feet.
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