Lincoln Nautilus

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus continues to impress in the midsize luxury crossover SUV market. The 5-passenger SUV offers 3 trim levels; Standard, Reserve and Black Label (which is only available at participating Lincoln Black Label Dealers). The Standard trim comes nicely equipped with a long list of standard performance, comfort and safety features. The Reserve steps it up with standard features such as 20-inch wheels, a 13-speaker premium sounds system, panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats. The top-of-the-line Black Label model features Venetian Leather seats with embroidered Black Label insignia, 19-speaker premium sound system, 21-inch wheels. Additionally, exclusive Black Label member privileges, such as complimentary car washes, access to a curated list of exceptional restaurants and extended premium maintenance. Both the Reserve and Black Label offer the available Ultra Comfort 22-way adjustable seats with lumbar massage and automatic parking.

Owners can select from two different engine options; a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 2.7L Turbocharged V6. The 2.0L I-4 offers good fuel efficiency while making 245 horsepower and is available on all 4 trim levels. If buyers desire more power, the 2.7L V6 produces 335 horsepower and is available on the Reserve and Black Label models. Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and available in front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For additional fuel efficiency, both engines come with start/stop technology to save fuel when stopped at traffic lights.

The Nautilus' sleek exterior design features the new Lincoln signature grille, rear spoiler and an abundance of chrome reflecting the luxury the vehicle has to offer. Performance tires are standard, with options of 18, 20 or 21-inch wheels depending on trim level. The red taillights from previous year's models have been replaced with a lighter hue red full width taillight. A hands-free liftgate provide convenience for owners to access the rear cargo.

The luxury continues to the interior of the Nautilus with a well-appointed center console, leather-wrapped steering wheel and available Ultra Comfort 22-way adjustable massaging seats. The traditional gauge cluster is replaced with a 12.3-inch configurable display, a large center touchscreen with SYNC 3 infotainment technology allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wireless charging pad is available. Drivers will enjoy the sounds of an available 13- or 19-speaker premium audio system. An available panoramic moonroof gives a clear view to the outside and sheds plenty of light into the luxurious interior.

The Nautilus comes well-equipped with extensive standard safety features including six airbags, daytime running lights, traction control, integrated turn signal mirrors, stability control brake assist, hill start assist, blind spot information system (BLIS), lane departure warning, cross traffic alert forward collision warning, reverse sensing system and electric power-assisted steering. A lane-keeping system provides a driver alert, lane keeping aid and lane keeping alert. A back-up camera and available automatic parking helps drivers navigate tight spaces safely. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go maintains a safe distance from vehicles ahead while on the highway.

Editors' Review

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At first glance, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus looks like a completely new vehicle. In reality, it's a midcycle update of the second-generation MKX that launched in 2015. To its credit, the 2019 Nautilus represents one of the more substantial facelifts we've seen recently, with new exterior styling, drivetrain enhancements and feature-set revisions. The end result is a luxury crossover that's worth your attention.

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While some midcycle updates are nothing more than barely noticeable nips and tucks, the Nautilus' overhaul is drastic, especially up front. Gone is the busy, split-wing grille of the old MKX, replaced by a single-frame chrome design that ties the Nautilus to its other Lincoln stablemates. This reasonably sized grille is in stark contrast to what BMW is doing with its steroid-infused kidney grilles or Lexus' can't-miss spindle mugs -- we wish more automakers would adopt this less-is-more ethos.

Complemented by new wheel designs and a reworked front fascia, the result is a Nautilus that isn't wildly emotional or over-the-top in appearance, but a clean, classy crossover. It's quite attractive, especially in my test car's shade of chroma elite copper paint.

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The Good The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus looks better than its MKX predecessor, the adaptive suspension provides excellent ride comfort and its upgraded seats are wonderful.

The Bad The eight-speed automatic transmission could use some refining, and backup camera image quality is disappointing at this price point.

The Bottom Line Lincoln’s new Nautilus is an attractive proposition for people looking for a comfort-focused luxury crossover.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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