Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2014 Aston Martin Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Maserati GranTurismo

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2014 Aston Martin

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati GranTurismo are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin Vantage doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GranTurismo and the Vantage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The GranTurismo comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The Vantage’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

There are almost 5 times as many Maserati dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GranTurismo’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GranTurismo has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Vantage (22.7 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The GranTurismo stops much shorter than the Vantage:

GranTurismo

Vantage

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

220 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

126 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the GranTurismo has larger tires than the Vantage (F:255/35R20 & R:295/35R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:275/35R19).

The GranTurismo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Vantage’s standard 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GranTurismo has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the Vantage.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The GranTurismo has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Vantage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GranTurismo’s wheelbase is 13.4 inches longer than on the Vantage (115.8 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GranTurismo is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Vantage.

The GranTurismo handles at .95 G’s, while the Vantage Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The GranTurismo goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.4 MPH faster than the Vantage Coupe (71 vs. 68.6 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Vantage’s (35.1 feet vs. 36.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The GranTurismo has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Vantage can only carry 2.

The GranTurismo has 34 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Vantage (86 vs. 52).

Ergonomics Comparison

The GranTurismo’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Vantage doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GranTurismo has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Vantage doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GranTurismo’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Vantage doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the GranTurismo has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Vantage doesn’t offer rear vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the GranTurismo, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Vantage.

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