How Much Is A Maserati? A Historic Review

How Much Is A Maserati? A Historic Review

Simply put? A lot. But that's probably not the sort of question a person who's looking to get behind the wheel of a member of the Italian luxury auto brand typically asks. Or at least not right off the bat. Maybe something along the lines of, “What sort of designer silk are they using for the upholstery?” Or, “Who's responsible for the surround sound system?” Or, “If I have to ask how much a Maserati costs, can I even afford it?”

Founded by four brothers in Bologna in 1914, over the years Maserati has transitioned from its early days of building Grand Prix champions to crafting race-inspired vessels that aim to encapsulate exquisite Italian style with every turn of the wheel and every shift of the gears.

But that's not to say Maserati hasn't hit its fair share of speed bumps along the way.

Cheapest Maserati

So which Maserati out there is easiest on the bank these days? Potential Maserati buyers aren't necessarily known for being the type of shoppers who fuss much over how hard a price tag will hit the wallet. But that's not to say it isn't a question worth considering.

Maserati's roster of current models is concise: the Levante crossover SUV, the Ghibli sports executive saloon and the Quattroporte sports luxury saloon. Recently retired in 2020 were the GranTurismo and its convertible counterpart, the GranCabrio, making way for the arrival of the mid-engine MC20 super sports car, the first Maserati to boast a carbon-fiber monocoque and butterfly doors, set to hit showrooms sometime in 2021.

The least expensive of the line is the Ghibli, whose 2021 base model starts at $74,740. The Ghibli, which made its grand debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, also comes in three additional – and more costly – variant models: the S ($79,740), the S Q4 ($82,240) and the Trofeo ($110,240).

Maserati price

As with any luxury brand, upped opulence equates to a steeper sticker price. It's no secret that Maserati sells itself on being not just a mere ride that gets you from point A to B, but rather as an elite “the journey is the destination” sort of experience. It serves as proof of a certain sort of lifestyle that just isn't in the cards for everyone. And the base fares of all four models – $74,740 for the Ghibli, $78,290 for the Levante, $104,890 for the Quattroporte and $134,300 for the GranTurismo – reflect that to a T. With add-ons revved to the max, those top out at $110,240 for the Ghibli, $142,890 for the Quattroporte and $153,090 for the Levante, respectively. That's no surprise, given that the brand competes with the likes of Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Porsche.

If the price of a new Maserati is way out of budget, that doesn’t mean that a Maserati  – or any of its rivals – is necessarily out of the cards altogether. Opting for a slightly used model can translate to massive savings, as pre-owned luxury cars like Maseratis can sometimes cost as little as half or even a quarter of the original price depending on their age and condition. 

It’s tedious and time consuming to sift through Craigslist ads or eBay listings yourself, only to then go through the hassle of taking the car to a mechanic to have it checked out before you decide to buy. Purchasing a used car from a private seller also comes with no absolutely no guarantee that it won’t literally fall apart on the way home, too.

By only selling vehicles that have passed a 150-point inspection by a team of ACE-certified mechanics, Shift makes the used-car buying experience something easy, stress-free and even downright fun. Buyers can relax knowing that they’re getting a car that’s as good as new for a fraction of the cost. And as added security, each certified Shift vehicle comes with a seven-day refund policy and a 30-day warranty, too.

So just because the price of your dream car – be it a Maserati, a Mercedes or even a Mazda – is out of your price range, that doesn’t mean you’re destined to keep on dreaming. 

Maserati MSRP

When it comes to manufacturer's suggested retail prices, Maseratis can vary greatly. That's because regardless of the specific model, each unit is billed as being extremely unique, thanks to an array of customization options that allow for choice of exterior color, wheels and brake calipers. As far as interior surfaces go, buyers have the ability to outfit the cabin literally from head to toe: carpet color, dashboard, headliner, trim and steering wheel. Additional preset custom packages range from $1,000 to $2,500 and include bells and whistles like carbon fiber column-mounted paddle shifters, premium perforated leather seats, a heated sport steering wheel, a four-zone automatic climate control system and your choice of either Harman Kardon or Bower & Wilkins sound systems.

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Maserati price range

“Bottom-dollar” Maseratis – if such a thing were to exist – start in the mid-$70,000s. Generally speaking, however, the rule is as follows: A steeper price tag translates to greater engine size, faster acceleration, and higher horsepower, maximum speed and torque. Each specific model comes in three to four various versions, each an upgrade onto its own. Ghibli, the most economic of the Maserati family, ranges from $74,000 to $110,000. Next in line is Maserati's crossover SUV, Levante, whose pricing goes from $78,290 for the base model to $150,000 for the top-of-the-line Trofeo. The Quattroporte – Italian for “four doors” – runs $105,000 to $145,000. While no longer in production, 2020 models of the GranTurismo and its convertible counterpart the GranCabrio are relatively easy to find and range in price from $151,000 to $165,000. The newest addition to the family, the MC20 – short for “Maserati Corsa 2020,” the first new contender from the company since the Levante's debut in 2016 – is set to officially hit sales floors sometime in late 2021. With a 3.0L V6 621HP engine, a top speed of 202 mph and a base price of $210,000, Maserati officially pulls back into the lot of race-inspired street cars alongside Lamborghini and Ferrari.

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Maserati sedan price

The Maserati lineup in the United States includes two sedan options: Ghibli and Quattroporte. But in addition to the base models, three additional variant models of the Ghibli – the S, the S Q4 and the Trofeo – and two of the Quattroporte – the S Q4 and the Trofeo – make for a total of seven sedans on the Maserati menu altogether.

Both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte exude the sleek Italian style and elegant design for which Maserati always has been known, not to mention the brand's attention to detail when it comes to customization options. Much of Maserati's production process is carried out by hand, which means on average the company manufactures less than 20,000 units annually. That's significantly less compared to other mainstays in the luxury sedan market such as BMW and Mercedes, both of which crank out more than 2 million cars annually.

Ghibli's price range ($74,740-$110,240) is roughly between a quarter and a third less than that of Quattroporte ($108,940-$142,890), but both are comparable when it comes to stats like speed, acceleration and horsepower.

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Maserati GranTurismo price

In 2019, after 12 years on the market, Maserati retired both the GranTurismo and its convertible counterpart, the GranCabrio. Clocking top speeds of 176-188 mph via a Ferrari-built V8 engine, fewer than 29,000 units of the two-door, four-seat touring coupe were manufactured altogether, along with fewer than 12,000 of its roofless sibling. The last variety to exit the assembly line, the Zéda, boasted one of the brand's most iconic paint jobs to date: a gradient grille-to-tail fade of cobalt blue, black and white.

But after only a year since the GranTurismo and the GranCabrio drove off into the sunset, in 2020 Maserati announced the return of both models for 2021 and 2022, respectively. Four options are in the works – GranLusso, GranSport, GTS and Trofeo – with prices ranging from $90,000 to $120,000.

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Maserati reviews

For many, the Maserati name boasts a reputation whose roots stretch deep into the golden era of Italian exotic cars. And rightfully so. But critics these days are often quick to call them, simply put, overpriced and underwhelming. That's much in part because Maserati has been stylishly late – if not absent altogether – to the game when it comes to integrating modern high-tech safety features that are not only popular but standard among luxury cars these days, features like 360-degree camera and systems for blindspot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision and automatic braking. All these come standard on the BMW 5 Series, whose starting price is $10,000 less than the Ghibli. And because the company produces so few units each year in comparison to its competitors, replacement parts can be difficult to source, too.

It's important to know that Maserati is currently owned by Chrysler, and so certain details – like the window switches and turn signal shaft – have been lifted directly from other distant cousins like the Dodge Dart or Jeep Cherokee, a cost-cutting move that not only taints the posh aesthetic upon which Maserati traditionally prides itself, but affects functionality, too.

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