2017 Maserati GranTurismo

2017 Maserati GranTurismo Review

There's a lot to like about the Maserati GranTurismo. Unfortunately, it's more style than substance.
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by Mark Takahashi
Edmunds Editor

First and foremost, the 2017 Maserati GranTurismo is a beautifully styled touring coupe. The fact that this generation has remained in its current form for the better part of a decade is a testament to its timeless Italian design. Add in a powerful V8 engine from Ferrari and the soundtrack that accompanies it, and the GranTurismo's appeal is almost irresistible. Almost.

But the GranTurismo has fallen behind the times in a number of ways. A quick peek at the list of standard or available features will reveal a lack of modernity. Advanced safety and convenience features are nowhere to be found. The infotainment system is dreadfully outdated, and even a rearview camera is missing. In terms of performance, the GranTurismo should satisfy most driving enthusiasts, but those who list athleticism near the top of their priorities will find there are better choices.

It's very likely we're at the end of the road with the Maserati GranTurismo. With the unveiling of the Alfieri concept a few years ago, we've been expecting a replacement for quite some time. If you love the GranTurismo's current design, though, 2017 may be your last chance.



what's new

The Maserati GranTurismo continues unchanged for 2017.

we recommend

Since there's no power advantage over the GranTurismo lineup, we suggest sticking with the base Sport trim. It forgoes the exterior aerodynamic additions for a cleaner, more refined appearance, and the standard adaptive suspension delivers a more comfortable ride than the MC models.

trim levels & features

The 2017 Maserati GranTurismo is a two-door coupe with seating for four. A convertible model is covered in a separate review. Three trim levels are offered: Sport, MC and MC Centennial. Each version features a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 (454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission with manual control via paddle shifters. Power is sent to the rear wheels, and all-wheel drive is not available.

The Sport trim's standard feature highlights include 20-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, adaptive suspension dampers, a sport exhaust, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth and a Bose surround-sound system with satellite radio and an iPhone interface. Options are generally limited to exterior and interior trim and color materials.

The MC trim adds some carbon-fiber bodywork, a unique front spoiler (eliminating the front parking sensors), a nonadaptive sport suspension, carbon-fiber interior trim and a simulated suede headliner. At the top of the range, the MC Centennial tacks on more carbon-fiber exterior treatments, a stiffer suspension, carbon-fiber seat frames and distinctive interior trim.

trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of the 2017 Maserati GranTurismo, but we have limited experience with earlier versions. The following is our take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

driving

Maserati claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, which is quick but not breathtaking by contemporary standards. With the adaptive suspension set in Sport mode, body roll is well managed. The nonadaptive sport suspensions on MC models are stiffer, but at the expense of comfort.

comfort

The adaptive suspension is compliant enough in Comfort mode to smooth bumps in the road. The stiff sport suspension on the MC trims may ruin the ride. The front seats are aggressively bolstered but well shaped and padded for comfortable touring.

interior

The GranTurismo uses premium materials throughout the cabin, but it trails the competition when it comes to technology. Controls for infotainment and climate have a last-decade feel, and many features aren't even offered. Backseat space is limited, making it suitable for small passengers only.

utility

Storage is at a premium, both in the cabin and in the trunk. Narrow door pockets, small cupholders and a center armrest bin are all there is to hold your personal items. The trunk isn't huge (9.2 cubic feet), but it's decent-sized for this class of car.

technology

A small screen with an abundance of buttons make the GranTurismo's infotainment system old by current standards. The lack of more advanced smartphone integration and advanced safety features further drive the point home.

edmunds expert review process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.