Italian marque offers badge appeal and stunning looks
It's a tough gig for upscale luxury cars these days with competition from increasingly lavish and sportier SUVs.
The $149,990 Maserati Ghibli S embodies key attributes for a luxury sporting saloon - head-turning looks, strong performance from a V6 turbo engine that also sounds brilliant and a state-of-the-art eight-speed transmission.
Of course there's badge appeal in spades and vast scope to personalise the car but sticking close to a standard specification puts the Maserati marque at an all-time accessible price point. If the Ghibli S is a little compact for your luxury desires then much the same qualities are delivered by the larger - and closely related - Quattroporte.