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2017 Maserati Ghibli

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2017 Maserati Ghibli Expert Review

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

In a world of reserved luxury sedans, the 2017 Maserati Ghibli stands head and shoulders above the rest. Why? It starts with the Ghibli’s exotic Italian styling and sumptuous interior. To that, the Italian masters add a hefty helping of Maserati power, performance and handling, then bring the best 21st-century technologies into the cabin to create a luxury exotic unlike anything from Audi, BMW or Lexus. The 2017 Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 are all powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 making 345 horsepower in the base and S trims, and 404 in the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Q4. Sure, you can find faster and better-handling sedans from BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz, but none will turn heads at the valet stand like the 2017 Ghibli.

You'll Like This Car If...

If style and flair mean more to you than driving the fastest car to lap the Nurburgring, the 2017 Maserati Ghibli will come as a breath of fresh air. With plenty of performance on hand, we doubt anyone driving a competing BMW, Audi or Lexus will look down upon your car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If performance and refinement are your first priorities any number of better-established models, such as the Audi S7, Cadillac CTS-V or BMW M5, are superior to the Ghibli. They also come with better repair and reliability histories and a larger dealer network.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.5
  • 8.1
  • 7.8
  • 8.8
  • 7.8
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#12

out of 18

Fuel Economy

#15

out of 18

Horsepower
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2017 Maserati Ghibli Low/wide front photo What's New for 2017

New for the 2017 Ghibli sedan is the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ghibli’s dash has been revised to accommodate a new 8.4-inch touch screen, and a console-mounted rotary knob is added for those who despise using touch screens. Two new packages are offered: Sport and Luxury.

Driving the Ghibli
2017 Maserati Ghibli Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

Not known for building boring cars, Maserati doesn’t disappoint with the 2017 Ghibli luxury-performance sedan. The Ghibli and Ghibli S are equipped with a muscular 345-horsepower twin-turbo V6, while the...

... AWD Q4 gets an even more powerful version of the same engine good for a whopping 404 horsepower. Stomp the accelerator pedal to the floor and the Ghibli won’t hesitate to get up and go, turning out a zero-to-60-mph run in a scant 4.7 seconds. A Sport mode brings faster throttle response and quicker shifts from the 8-speed, paddle-shifted automatic. However, at speeds between zero and full throttle, the Ghibli’s performance isn’t always smooth or agreeable. The firm suspension is more than capable of dealing with the harshest S-curves, although the steering can feel a bit vague on center, then a bit too firm into the turn, almost as if it was resisting input from the driver.

ALUMINUM STRUCTURE
Thanks to an extensive use of aluminum, Maserati’s Ghibli sports sedan for 2017 keeps its weight right around two tons. Despite the lighter weight, the Ghibli’s structure remains appropriately stiff, which helps improve handling as well as cut down on interior rattles.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
Let’s face it. The first thing that catches our eye when car shopping isn’t the EPA figures or crash-test scores; it’s the design. Maserati’s Ghibli sedan for 2017 is simply stunning from any angle. In a sea of conservative German and American design, it truly shines.

2017 Maserati Ghibli Details
2017 Maserati Ghibli Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The interior of the 2017 Maserati Ghibli will not disappoint its discerning owner. There is really nice leather, really nicely designed and really nicely detailed. And this is no coupe masquerading as a sedan; the four doors open to allow decent seating for real adults. Front-seat occupants are provided with 8-way-power seats, and dual-zone climate control keeps things comfy. Taken as a whole, from the curving and swooping instrument panel to the artfully crafted seats, this is a fine spot to sit and take a ride.

Exterior
2017 Maserati Ghibli photo

It’s not just the sculpted exterior that sets the 2017 Ghibli apart from the rest of the parking lot; it can be personalized in a multitude of ways. There are about a dozen color selections, color choices for the brake calipers, and numerous wheel and tire options. All that only embellishes the Ghibli’s nearly living, breathing shape. Up front is a familiar Maserati grille, with the trident displayed prominently; bearing close family resemblance to the larger Quattroporte, the theme somehow seems more fitting on the Ghibli’s smaller structure. From Fiats to Ferraris, the Italians have seldom done un-handsome cars.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

We’re talking about a midsize-luxury-sports sedan with an exotic heritage, so the Maserati Ghibli is expectedly well-equipped. Standard fare includes a power sunroof, Italian-leather upholstery, heated and 8-way-power front seats, navigation, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and starting system, Start & Stop, Blind Spot and Cross Path alert, power trunklid with hands-free operation, and all the usual and expected driving aids and occupant-protection features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay join a new 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system backed by a 900-watt, 10-speaker harman/kardon audio system.

Optional Equipment

Maserati offers the 2017 Ghibli with an immense array of personalization choices, with multiple exterior colors, leather interiors, wheel selections and even different colors for brake calipers. A new Sport Package adds 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Skyhook Adaptive Suspension, 12-way-power sport seats and a sport steering wheel. The Luxury Package brings 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers, Zegna Edition Silk or full leather interior and 12-way-power comfort seats with memory function. There’s also a Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround system with Clari-Fi, which scans digital music and restores the details lost from digital compression.

Under the Hood
2017 Maserati Ghibli Engine photo

The 2017 Ghibli models use two slightly different versions of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. In the base Ghibli and the Ghibli S it makes 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque; in the AWD Q4 it makes 404 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. In either case, it’s matched to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and various shift modes, offering maximum efficiency or optimum performance with crisper shifting. The engines deliver rousing performance and the Ghibli likes to be driven with verve, but it is not particularly fuel-efficient. But, if it’s fuel efficiency you’re after, why are you shopping for a Maserati Ghibli?

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Ghibli/Ghibli S)
345 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (Ghibli); 16/24 mpg (Ghibli S)

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Ghibli S Q4)
404 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2017 Maserati Ghibli starts just shy of $73,000 and the S model just shy of $78,500. The AWD Ghibli S Q4 is near $81,000; that’s our purchase recommendation, because it has all-wheel drive and more power for not a lot more money. Add options, and the total can reach $100,000 or more. By comparison, some of the major competitors (BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6) can be much lower before adding on the extras. Furthermore, the higher potential price of the Ghibli is not helped by Maserati’s record of not holding onto residual values nearly as well as the competitors. Before scribbling your signature on the final line, be sure and check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what other folks in your area are paying for the 2017 Ghibli.

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