Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Maserati Levante VS 2017 Porsche Cayenne Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Maserati Levante

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2017 Porsche Cayenne

Safety Comparison

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The Levante has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the Levante’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Levante and the Cayenne 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, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Levante stops much shorter than the Cayenne:

 

Levante

Cayenne

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Levante has larger standard tires than the Cayenne (265/50R19 vs. 255/55R18).

The Levante’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cayenne’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Levante has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Levante has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Levante’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Cayenne (118.3 inches vs. 114 inches).

The Levante S handles at .88 G’s, while the Cayenne pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Cayenne (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne (9.7 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Maserati Levante amounts to more than styling. The Levante has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Cayenne (.35 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Levante get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Levante has .6 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Levante’s cargo area is larger than the Cayenne’s in almost every dimension:

 

Levante

Cayenne

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.5”/74.5”

36.2”/70.7”

Max Width

46.7”

n/a

Min Width

39.5”

45.5”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Levante offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Levante’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Levante has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cayenne only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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