Compare Porsche Cayenne vs Maserati Levante


The luxury midsize SUV segment isn't necessarily one that's been around for what many would consider to be a very long time. But fifteen years ago, Porsche essentially helped create the segment with the release of its Cayenne SUV. Now, the Cayenne is just as desirable as ever, but it's surrounded by other automakers' attempts at meeting or beating what the Cayenne has to offer.

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Some will say that there are other cars that do just that, but here at The Porsche Exchange, we're inclined to believe that many other luxury midsize SUVs come across as "me-too" offerings when you consider everything the Porsche Cayenne has to offer. But don't just take our word for it, allow us to explain some key areas the Porsche Cayenne shines by comparing it to just one competitor, the Maserati Levante. Feel free to do your own research, too. We're confident that the Porsche Cayenne holds its own against any competitor.


The Maserati Levante starts at around $72,000. The Porsche Cayenne, in contrast, starts at around $59,000. That means you can get a Porsche Cayenne for roughly $13,000 less than a Maserati Levante. Of course, you can also spend more on the Cayenne; springing for the top-of-line Cayenne Turbo S trim, for example, will cost you much more than a Levante. Then again, the Cayenne Turbo S, as you'll see, is in a class all its own, offering performance far above what even the highest-trim Levante can. Overall, the Cayenne affords more flexible pricing and trims than the Levante does.



The Maserati Levante comes equipped with a standard 345-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, but a more powerful twin-turbocharged V6 making 424 horsepower is also available. Both engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmissions. 0-60 MPH times for these engines are: 5.8 seconds for the former engine and just over 5 seconds for the latter. The Porsche Cayenne, in contrast, comes with a standard 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. If options are the name of your game, then you'll like what the Cayenne has to offer. In addition to the base 300-horsepower engine, the Cayenne, depending on trim, can be equipped with many different additional engines. The Cayenne S gets a twin-turbocharged V6 making 420 horsepower, and the Cayenne GTS gets an engine that makes 440 horsepower - on par with the highest-spec'd Maserati Levante.

If you're looking for even more horsepower, then the Cayenne is your only option. The Cayenne Turbo makes 520 horsepower, while the Turbo S makes a screaming, white-hot 570 horsepower, and will get you from 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds.

Technology and Infotainment

The Porsche Cayenne features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration, while the Maserati Levante has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, also with Apple CarPlay™. Only the Levante offers Android Auto™ integration. Is that worth purchasing the Levante over the Cayenne? Considering that the base model Levante costs significantly more than a base Cayenne, and a loaded Cayenne overs so much more than a loaded Levante on the performance front, it really depends on your priorities. It's worth noting that navigation comes standard on both the Porsche and Maserati, meaning you'll (likely) never get lost in either vehicle.

Cargo Space

The Maserati Levante features a serviceable 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 57 cubic feet with the second row folded down. However, if you're looking for the luxury SUV that gives you more options, you'll likely be happier in a Porsche Cayenne, which offers 23.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 62.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded down.

Maserati Levante vs Porsche Cayenne: Conclusions

The Porsche Cayenne affords the luxury SUV buyer around Highland Park, Barrington, Glenview and Northbrook with more options, overall, than the Maserati Levante. The Cayenne starts significantly less than the Levante regarding pricing, but also offers less power. Want more power? The Levante offers one engine upgrade, while the Cayenne has four more, which of course will cost you. While the infotainment system on the Cayenne doesn't offer Android Auto™ integration, both the cayenne and Levante offer standard Bluetooth streaming, and the Cayenne offers standard HD radio, too. Plus, the Cayenne features its own intuitive "Porsche Communication Management" system. On the practical front, the Cayenne also excels in terms of cargo space. Overall, the Cayenne affords luxury SUV buyers more of that ultimate luxury, choice.

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