Maserati. The name conjures images of jet-setting celebrities and racing thrills. After all, in his song, "Life's Been Good," Joe Walsh didn't brag that his Toyota "does 185." Now, the Ghibli, which starts at over $71,000 -- but about $40,000 less other Maserati models -- allows mere mortals to share in the storied brand's glamour.
Mystique aside, however, this Maserati doesn't really gel as a package that fully delivers on its promise of sporty elegance.
Maserati, like Chrysler and Ferrari, is owned by Fiat. And the Ghibli's "entry level" price was achieved through a creative sharing of parts. The Maserati-designed engine, built by Ferrari, is the main attraction. Chassis basics come from the Chrysler 300 and previous-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And yes, some interior switches match those found in old Dodge Darts.