Lincoln Nautilus

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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.

The Lincoln look

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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