2013 Maserati GranTurismo Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Maserati GranTurismo is a classic gentleman's GT--a luxurious coupe or convertible, with ample room for two people and occasional room for another consenting pair of adults, so long as they can all leave most of their baggage behind.

Somewhat larger than other GTs like the Jaguar XK, the GranTurismo rides on a 115.8-inch wheelbase, and is 192.2 inches long. At that size, it's able to deliver a superior amount of front-seat room, with excellent comfort for long-distance drives. It's not that the available space is particularly expansive--head and leg room are fine, not excessive--it's that other touring cars are notably smaller.

There's a bit more space in the rear than in most GTs, but the GranTurismo's lucky passengers get to sit in front.

This year, Maserati's traded out the firm, slightly narrow seats of previous models for sport seats that it promises deliver more comfortable cushioning but more support in sporty driving as well.

The back seat? It can feel a little confining, and the tallest passengers won't be quiet about the accommodations for long. Most everyone else will be able to make do with the back-seat space, and fairly long doors make the rear seats fairly easy to clamber into. Most other GTs don't even offer the rear seats, but the GranTurismo's usable rear buckets are one of the better reasons to opt for it over the likes of the Jaguar XK or the Mercedes-Benz SL.

Cargo space is moderate. Maserati claims a pair of golf bags will fit; for non-golfers, think more like a pair of roll-aboard bags and some soft-sided luggage. At 6.1 cubic feet, the trunk's about the same size as the one in the Mercedes-Benz SLS roadster and gullwing. It's not tremendous--but Maserati will sell you a custom-made, custom-fitted set of luggage to take up every cubic inch.

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