Tips for Off-Roading in a Maserati

February 17th, 2017 by

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When you spend upwards of $84,000 on a new car, it should go without saying that you should go to every possible length to ensure that your purchase is protected. While this may be true for most people, certain socialites with a taste for adventure are throwing caution to the wind, by taking their new 2017 Maserati Levante models off the beaten path for a bit of mud-laden excitement. The first ever Maserati-branded crossover SUV is proving once and for all that luxurious off-road excursions aren’t just possible, but also really really fun. If you want to soar to new heights from behind the wheel of the most capable luxury crossover on the market, then ditch your idea of purchasing the 2017 Maserati GranTurismo, and check out the thrilling new Levante.

Why You Should Head Off-Road in a Maserati

If you crave adventure, but have an insatiable appetite for the finer things in life, then embarking on an off-road excursion in a Maserati may seem like the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Setting off on such a premium all-terrain adventure is surely a risk, especially if you’re not growing money trees in your backyard. If you are yielding a higher-than-normal crop size this year, we say go for it! While the Maserati brand lineup was not originally manufactured to head off road, the Italian automaker’s past is full of adventurous spirits and overcoming seemingly impossible odds. Taking to the trails in a new Maserati Levante should not qualify you as unstable, mostly due to the fact that the luxury crossover SUV was made to explore. That’s right. When Maserati designers engineered the very first Levante crossover SUV, they did so with one thing in mind – adventure. The 2017 Levante five-door hatchback is classified as a mid-size SUV, and is as luxurious as every other Maserati brand car that came before it. Equipped with Maserati’s enduring Q4 all-wheel drive technology and a torque vectoring system, there is no better way to explore the great outdoors than from behind the wheel of a 2017 Levante.

How to Off-Road in a Maserati Levante

Unless you have a completely disposable income, and are highly skilled at off-road navigation, then we advise you to proceed with dutiful caution prior to taking your new Maserati SUV off the beaten path. While the curvaceous crossover was technically made to conquer off-road terrain, the four-wheel-drive capabilities of the Levante are severely limited when compared to models from other brands, such as Jeep. Where Maserati has successfully cornered the luxury Italian automotive marketplace, so has Jeep conquered the off-road capable SUV. We don’t blame Maserati for wanting to stretch the limitations of its lineup by creating an off-road ready crossover, but misguided owners may end up regretting the fact that they answered the persistent call to the road less traveled. If you are seriously considering embarking on an all-terrain journey from behind the wheel of your 2017 Levante, take a look at some tips to make your adventure more exciting, and less regrettable.

  • Know Your Level of Expertise: Just because you own a vehicle that has off-road capabilities, doesn’t mean you are qualified to continue on past where the pavement ends. If you are unsure about traveling off road in your Levante, then you should likely take it as a sign that you shouldn’t.
  • It’s Not a Jeep: The new 2017 Levante crossover SUV may be rated to head off the beaten path, but that doesn’t make it a true off-road machine. Jeep SUVs are Trail Rated, specifically tailored for the purpose of rugged all-terrain adventure. The Maserati Levante, on the other hand, was not. All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are two very different systems, and should be treated as such. The moment you forget that this is the case, is the moment you end up with thousands of dollars in completely avoidable repair bills on your once-pristine Maserati SUV.
  • It’s Really Expensive: Whether you have owned multiple Maserati-brand vehicles in the past, or the new Levante is your very first Maserati purchase, you know all too well that the car you are driving is expensive. With a starting MSRP of $72,600, it’s easy to get this luxury crossover decked out with a sticker price that hovers dangerously close to the $100,000 mark. Muddy fenders aside, off-roading in a luxury car that costs as much as some houses in the United States, is dangerous business. Before you trek off onto Mother Nature’s trails, be sure to keep the following in mind.
  • It Can’t Climb Mountains: Well, actually, the 2017 Levante is more than capable of heading uphill on a paved path, but the likelihood of climbing over large rocks and boulders in the luxury crossover is slim to none. If you prefer excursions in which you can easily climb the side of a rock-riddled mountain, then a 2017 Levante isn’t for you.
  • It’s Awesome at Tackling Treacherous Roadways: Despite the fact that you won’t be able to win any trail-conquering awards from behind the wheel of a 2017 Maserati Levante, you should have no problem traversing treacherous roadways and conditions throughout the changing seasons and unpredictable weather patterns in New York.
  • You Shouldn’t Buy it For Off-Roading: Although the 2017 Levante handles itself exceptionally well on light off-road trails, buying one solely for this purpose is not recommended. The crossover SUV is built for all-weather and terrain capabilities, but is a luxury high-end vehicle at heart. As long as you expect to use the Levante for what it was designed to do, you should have no problems, and more importantly – no major repair bills, down the road.

Discover the 2017 Levante at Maserati of Albany

Maserati of Albany is proud to offer the most extensive selection of new and used Maserati brand vehicles in the Albany, New York area. As the highest rated Maserati dealership in the Northeast, Maserati of Albany looks forward to helping you discover which Maserati vehicle is right for you. Come down to our state of the art dealership today, and take this foremost Italian luxury car for a test drive.