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If you're looking for an Italian answer to the four-door "coupe" trend, arguably started by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, look no further than the 2017 Maserati Ghibli. This handsome four-door built in Turin straddles the line between swoopy four-door coupes and traditional midsize luxury sedans. Unmistakably a Maserati, the Ghibli's style and proportions split the difference between the automaker's flagship Quattroporte sedan and Gran Turismo two-door.
On sheer Italian flair alone, the Ghibli hits the right notes. But it's not just a sharp suit; it's also a sublime handler in the corners and curves. A twin-turbo V6 built by its Ferrari corporate cousin further sweetens the deal.
That's the good news, and for many it will be enough. Less impressive is the 2017 Ghibli's interior fit and finish. Borrowing buttons, knobs and switches from its corporate Fiat Chrysler parent, the Ghibli's cabin feels more Dodge and Detroit than Testarossa or Turin. It's still fairly snazzy on its own, but not when you consider other models that the Ghibli competes with.
Still, the 2017 Maserati Ghibli improves on its predecessor with upgraded in-car electronics and optional driver assistance technologies absent on prior models, and its eye-catching design makes the Ghibli unique among midsize luxury sedans.
The Ghibli starts with a base model, offering a turbocharged V6 making 350 horsepower, joined to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base model is pretty nicely equipped with desirable features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a navigation system, a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Bumping up to the S trim level brings more power (410 hp), upgraded brakes, additional leather dash and door trim, four-way lumbar adjustments for the front seats and driver-seat memory functions. The Ghibli SQ4 is similarly equipped but adds all-wheel drive.
All Ghibli models can add the Luxury package, which bundles, among other items, ventilated front seats, a hands-free power trunk, a premium 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and driver assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera.
A Sport package for S and S Q4 trim levels adds a choice of various wheels and a performance suspension, and a Driver Assistance package adds various collision avoidance technologies once absent from the Ghibli.
But Maseratis rarely, if ever, offer exceptional value, Ghibli included. The base price is similar to some of its "four-door coupe" rivals, but the Maser comes with fewer standard features (although the 2017 Ghibli has closed this gap admirably). We also don't trust its longevity quite as much as the other European competitors.
The Ghibli can tug at your heartstrings with its infectious spirit but might leave you unsatisfied after the novelty wears off. When you're ready to test-drive a new Ghibli, let Edmunds guide you to the one that best suits your style.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.