2019 Maserati Levante vs. 2019 Lexus LX 570

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Safety

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For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Levante uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The LX 570 uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Levante and the LX 570 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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The battery on the Levante is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Levante’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The LX 570’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Levante S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 41 more horsepower (424 vs. 383) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Levante GTS’ standard 3.8 turbo V8 produces 167 more horsepower (550 vs. 383) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (538 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Levante Trofeo’s standard 3.8 turbo V8 produces 207 more horsepower (590 vs. 383) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (538 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante is faster than the Lexus LX 570:

Levante

Levante S

LX 570

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

4.9 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

13.5 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

101.9 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Levante gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570:

MPG

Levante

3.0 turboV6

15 city/21 hwy

S 3.0 turboV6

15 city/21 hwy

GTS 3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

LX 570

5.7 DOHC V8

13 city/18 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Levante’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The LX 570 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The Levante Trofeo’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The LX 570 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Levante S/GTS/Trofeo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the LX 570:

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

LX 570

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.9 inches

The Levante stops much shorter than the LX 570:

Levante

LX 570

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Levante’s optional 265/35R22 front and 295/30R22 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LX 570’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Levante offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LX 570’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Maserati Levante has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus LX 570 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Levante has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The LX 570’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the LX 570, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Levante’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The LX 570 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the LX 570 (118.3 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the LX 570 (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a greater minimum ground clearance than the LX 570 (9.7 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Maserati Levante may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1200 pounds less than the Lexus LX 570.

The Levante is 3 inches shorter than the LX 570, making the Levante easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Levante is 8.5 inches shorter in height than the LX 570, making the Levante much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the Levante’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The LX 570 uses body-on-frame design instead.

The front grille of the Levante uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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The Levante has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the LX 570 5-Passenger with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

The Levante’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Levante’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Levante and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Levante is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Levante to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The LX 570 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Levante’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

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