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.

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Editors' First Take

The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is refreshingly honest. At a time when so many luxury vehicles emphasize record-setting lap times, in-your-face styling and overcomplicated tech, this updated SUV charts a different course. Cushy and quiet, the Nautilus is a rolling sanctuary, and it doesn't pretend to be anything else.

All in the family

This utility vehicle received a not-insubstantial update for 2021, a remodeling that's made a respectable vehicle even better, though you'd be hard-pressed to tell based on its exterior. The Nautilus' styling is barely, and I mean barely tweaked. It gains a revised lower grille section with a cross-body chrome strip and reworked fog lights. Three new colors join the palette including Flight Blue, Green Gem and Asher Gray, which is the hue this example is wearing. My tester is also dressed up with the optional Monochromatic package. Among other things, it adds black-finished 20-inch wheels and a body-colored upper grille insert for a sportier look.

Exterior changes are minimal, but the 2021 Nautilus' most significant updates are reserved for the interior. This SUV now features a cabin that looks almost exactly like what you get in Lincoln's other SUVs, the Aviator, Corsair and Navigator. The new dashboard is much more horizontal than before, gently curving as it spans from pillar to pillar. The Nautilus also gains Lincoln's signature piano-key gear selector, which is neatly mounted below the center air vents and, as with the other switches and controls, feels like high-quality stuff.

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