2020 Lincoln Nautilus

MSRP $41,040

Ranked #14 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nautilus is the renamed Lincoln MKX and it only got renamed in 2019. Despite the name change, not everything about the vehicle has changed and it still remains pretty much the same. Yes, it is turning out to be outdated, but it still features a plush interior with a stylish exterior design that feels very premium. The Nautilus is still a luxury vehicle that is not to be taken lightly. Also, the best part about it is that it does not cost a fortune to own one. 

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Pros

Spacious interior

Well refined and powerful V6 engine available

Comfortable ride

A long list of standard safety features

Cons

Interior is not well refined and has an inconsistent choice of materials

Not the best infotainment system

Can get expensive with the higher trims

What's New?

No such changes to the current model

just some minor adjustments with standard features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41040

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

280 ft-lb. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

190 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

66.2 in.

curb weight

4142 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Standard$41,040 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Lincoln Nautilus in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The base trim of Lincoln Nautilus is priced at $42,035 and it goes up to $64,795 for the top-level trim, the Black Label. Lincoln offers Nautilus in two powertrain options: a 2.0-L turbo I-4 and a 2.7-L twin-turbo V6, both the engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox which can send power to either front wheel with an FWD system or to all four wheels with the AWD system. The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus directly competes with the vehicles like Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, and Volvo XC60.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV front angle view
2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Lincoln Nautilus Features

8.0/10

With the Select trim gone, the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus comes in three distinct trims – Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The Standard is priced at $42,035; Reserve is priced at $49,495 and the Black Label is priced at $64,795. The Standard and Reverse are available both in FWD and AWD. But the Black Label is only available in AWD. There are two engines available – an inline-4 and a V6. The V6 is only available as an AWD, and the inline-4 can have either FWD or AWD. The features of the trims are:

Trims

Standard

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP (FWD)

$42,035

$49,495

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$44,530

$51,990

$64,795

Key Features

18-inch Premium painted aluminum alloys

18-inch Premium painted bright machined aluminum alloys

21-inch Painted ultra-bright machined aluminum alloys

 

Deep tinted glass

Chrome inserts with a chrome door handle

Body-colored power heated ORVMs

 

Speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers

Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers

Driver side auto-dimming ORVM

 

Power liftgate rear cargo access

Front fog lamps, cornering lights & laminated glass

19-Speaker premium sound system

 

Auto aero-composite low/high beam

Power tilt & telescopic steering wheel

Revel AM/FM/HS Ultima system

 

Auto LED DRLs

Heated Leather/ Genuine Wood steering wheel with auto tilt-away

Sirius satellite radio with 6 months prepaid subscription

 

Perimeter/Approach lights

HomeLink garage door transmitter

Heated & ventilated front seats

 

LED brake lights

 

Four 12V DC power outlet

 

8-Way adjustable front seats

 

Smart device remote engine start

 

60-40 folding rear seats

 

A voice-activated touchscreen navigation system

 

Manual tilt & telescopic steering wheel

   
 

Rear power windows with fixed 3rd-row windows

   
 

Leather/Aluminum steering wheel

   
 

Proximity key for doors & push-button start

   
 

Valet function

   
 

Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter

   
 

Steering mounted cruise controls

   
 

Voice-activated dual-zone automatic climate control with steering wheel controls

   
 

Underseat ducts and Console ducts

   
 

Illuminated locking glove box

   
 

Auto-dimming IRVM

   
 

8-inch Touchscreen display

   
 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

   
 

2 Smart USB charging ports, enhanced voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity

   
 

13-Speaker & Subwoofer sound system

   
 

AM/FM/SiriusXM audio & data services

   
 

SYNC 3 Communication & Entertainment system

   

There are a few packages to choose from. However, you can try to equip the Equipment Group 101A which adds Intelligent Access with Push Button Start, premium leather-wrapped steering wheel, SiriusXM w/ navigation, etc. The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus package adds enhanced active park assist, distance alert and distance indication, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control evasive steering assist, etc. There are also the Equipment Group 201A and 202A which will add more safety and driver assistance features and other features for convenience.

Which trim should you buy?

We would recommend going with the Reserve trim, as it slots nicely in between the two trims. It has all the basic as well as advanced features added on top of the standard features already offered by the base trim. It has a panoramic sunroof, a premium Revel audio system, built-in navigation, and heated and cooled front seats. It is the sweet spot between price and features. Not only that it also comes integrated with standard advanced safety technology, if one is super tight on budget then go with the Reserve FWD, else pick the AWD trim as it would be beneficial in snowy conditions.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus comes with a 2.0-L turbocharged inline-4 cylinder that delivers 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of peak torque as standard. The other option is a 2.7-L, twin-turbo V6 that churns out 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.0-L I-4 engine comes standard with FWD, although you can also opt for the AWD system. However, the Black Label trim only comes with the combination of AWD and the V6.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus engine bay

The V6 is a powerful option in the bag for the Nautilus. It can easily help pull the SUV around town and on the highway with ease. The Nautilus’ inline-4 can go from 0-60 MPH in 6.8 seconds and can finish the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. While it is certainly not the quickest, it is also far from being too sluggish. The powerful V6 can get to the 60 MPH mark in around 5.8 seconds, which is a pretty impressive stat. The towing capacity is around 3,500 lbs, which is okay-ish but definitely not the best.

Model

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$42,035

$44,295

$45,090

$41,145

Engine

2.0-L, turbo I-4 gas

2.0-L, turbo I-4 gas

2.0-L, turbo I-4 gas

2.0-L, turbo I-4 gas

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

7-Speed automatic 

9-Speed automatic 

8-speed automatic

Power

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

248 hp @ 5,000 rpm

237 hp @ 5,000 rpm

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

280 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.8

5.9

6.4

6.4

Quarter mile (sec)

15.3

13.9

15.1

14.9

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

135

N/A

N/A

All four vehicles have even displacement engines with turbocharger technology, but the Lincoln Nautilus and VolvoXC60 generate even power figures and are also the most powerful vehicle in the competition, after that comes the Audi Q5 followed by the Cadillac XT5. Both Volvo & Lincoln might be the most powerful vehicle but even Cadillac performs much better than them with the lowest power figures, whereas Audi Q5 has the best performance in the competition, it ranks at the top of the list.

How does the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus handle?

In a nutshell, the Nautilus doesn’t offer the best driving dynamics by any means. The steering is light and doesn’t offer good feedback from the wheels, so you feel pretty disconnected from the road. When you throw this SUV around corners, it can have a significant amount of body roll and lean, which probably means that you should avoid doing it in the first place. The inline-4 is not very impressive as it only is fit for driving in the city. When it comes to the highway, it requires patience and planning to overtake other vehicles.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus acceleration mode on

Whereas the V6 powerhouse is best for both city and highway riding, the AWD system with this engine makes the vehicle suitable for every condition. The ride quality is pretty appreciable. The suspension does soak up the bumps and imperfections and the interior is kept quiet. This adds a layer of comfort and convenience to the occupants inside. But the ride is not sporty and honestly, it was not even meant to be.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Braking Performance

The Nautilus comes equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. The front brake rotors are 13.6 inches in diameter, and the rear brake rotors are also 13.6 inches in diameter. The brakes perform a pretty good job of making this big vehicle come to a halt.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus brake rotor

The American SUV is not necessarily “too heavy”, so the brakes do not have a tough time trying to stop the Lincoln. It weighs in at around 4,142 lbs.

Model

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Volvo XC60

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

13.3

13.6

13.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13.0

12.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4142 

4034

3915

N/A

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

112

N/A

N/A

Surprisingly, Cadillac XT5 is the lightest among the four competitors with only 3915 pounds of curb weight, Audi Q5 is also relatively lighter than Lincoln while Lincoln might be the heaviest one as it’s the slowest vehicle even with the 250 hp engine. But keeping the overall weight of the vehicle, Lincoln has offered big rotors in the Nautilus but Audi Q5 has a relatively better rotor’s size which makes Q5 stop in 112 feet distance.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The inline-4 engine will consume around 21/26/23 MPG for city/highway/combined driving respectively. This stat is for the FWD. With the AWD, the efficiency drops down slightly, at 20/25/22 MPG for the same. The V6, on the other hand, is not as thrifty as the inline-4 and sips more fuel. The EPA estimates are around 19/26/21 MPG for city/highway/combined driving. The Nautilus comes with an 18.4-gallon fuel tank, which means that it offers a range of 386/478/433 miles for city/highway/combined driving. The AWD offers an 18.5-gallon fuel tank and will get you around 351/481/388 miles for the same cycle.

Model

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

21

22

21

22

MPG (Highway)

26

28

28

29

MPG (Combined)

23

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity (Gals)

18.4

18.5

19.4

18.5

Range (City/ Hwy/ Combined) (Miles)

386 / 478 / 433

407 / 518 / 444

407 / 543 / 465

407 / 536 / 444

It makes complete sense that Lincoln Nautilus is claiming such economy numbers as the 450 hp engine works a lot to move the heaviest chassis in the competition. Audi Q5 rather impresses us with unbelievable performance figures combined with the best in class fuel economy, Audi & Volvo both claim 24 mpg in combined conditions but Volvo doesn’t come close to Audi’s performance. Cadillac has the lowest power under its hood but with respect to the performance that it offers, one can say that it’s far better than Lincoln Nautilus.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus has an upscale and premium-looking interior with lots of gorgeous design cues. However, it still fails to match the likes of its German rivals. The dashboard has a refreshing design that inspires a lot of smooth curves and flows. The interior is laden with plush and soft-touch materials. The base trim comes with leatherette upholstery as standard, while the Reverse trim gets genuine leather upholstery. The highest-end trim will greet you with Venetian leather and there can also be metal or wood trims on the interior. 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus front seats

The trims come with 10-way power-adjustable front seats w/ lumbar support and driver-seat memory. The Reserve trim also features both heated and cooled front seats. The seats can also be upgraded to 22-way power-adjustable seats with seat massage. The rear seats are also heated from the Reverse trim onwards. The spacing is no issue at all, as both the front and the rear row have plenty of headroom and legroom. 

The Nautilus offers 37.2 cubic feet of cargo storage behind the second row. It is a pretty big space for all your daily needs and even some more. The cargo capacity can be further increased by folding the 60/40-split second row down to open up to 68.8 cubic feet of cargo storage. In-cabin storage solutions are also very decent.

Model

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

37.8 / 58.9 / 42.8

41.7 / 57.7 / 41.0

39.7 / 58.3 / 41.2

38.0 / 58.2 / 41.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

38.6 / 59.0 / 39.6

39.3 / 56.5 / 37.8

38.4 / 56.3 / 39.0

38.0 / 56.3 / 38.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

37.2

25.1

30.2

17.8

Although every SUV in the competition has an ample amount of space and comfort, in the front row Audi Q5 shines the brightest with its balanced cabin dimensions, Cadillac XT5 comes next to Audi followed by Lincoln & Volvo. When it comes to the second row, Lincoln Nautilus takes first place while Cadillac and Volvo have better space than Audi. The Lincoln Nautilus is also the best in terms of cargo volume. Some key interior features include:

  • Power tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Heated Leather/genuine wood steering wheel
  • Voice-activated dual-zone front automatic climate control
  • Venetian leather upholstery
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Driver seat memory and massage function 

How intuitive is the infotainment system?

The Nautilus comes with an 8” SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen, which might seem small in a luxury car like this. It is far from being the best in business, as it can get quite slow to respond to your inputs. It is also not the most intuitive infotainment system you will ever use. When it comes to standard features, you are treated with some good features, such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lincoln Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, etc. 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus infotainment display

The Reserve trim adds HD radio, navigation and SiriusXM Traffic, wireless charging. All the trims can be upgraded with rear-seat entertainment setups. The base trim comes with an 11-speaker sound system. The Reserve trim comes with a Revel 13-speaker premium audio system; and finally, the Black Label trim enjoys a 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system. Highlights of the infotainment system:

  • 8” SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • SiriusXM radio
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior

6.0/10

The Nautilus is a pretty handsome SUV. It will definitely catch your attention the first time you glance at it. The look is surely premium and the appearance is striking. However, it is not one of the best-looking SUVs in the segment. It has a more restrained and more executive vibe to it, rather than being aggressive. The front fascia houses the LED multi-projector headlights in a curved shape. The front grille is wide and not too long, while the front bumper is adorned with chrome to complete the premium look.

From the side, it has a slightly sloping roofline that makes it look stylish and the windows have a chrome outline. The rear-end also has a premium design with a stylish LED light bar and also a stylish rear bumper with dual exhausts. The base trim and the Reserve trim ride on 18” wheels, while the Black Label rides on 21” wheels. You can also choose to upgrade to 20” or 21” wheels on the first two trims. A panoramic sunroof illuminates the interior on the higher trims.

Model

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Cadillac XT5

2020 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

4142 

4034

3915

N/A

Length (in)

190.0

183.6

189.6

184.6

Width (in)

86.1

74.5

74.9

74.9

Height (in)

66.2

65.3

66.1

65.3

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

7.8

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

111.0

112.5

112.8

The SUVs are pretty comparable in terms of their dimensions, but the Nautilus is the widest. Other than that, each SUV has its own distinct styling. Beauty is subjective, so you should see them for yourself before you make a decision. Some key exterior features include:

  • Strut front suspension w/ coil springs
  • Multi-link rear suspension w/ coil springs
  • Dual stainless-steel exhaust
  • 21” painted ultra-bright machined wheels
  • Express Open/close panoramic vista roof
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • LED multi-projector headlights

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Safety

6.0/10

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is a pretty safe vehicle and that becomes apparent once you look at the tests conducted by NHTSA and IIHS. The NHTSA gave it an overall 5-star rating, with a 5-star on every possible category, except the rollover rating, where it gets a 4-star. The IIHS has also given it a “Good” rating in all six of its Crashworthiness tests, leaving only the headlights where it got a “Poor”. The first two trims come with Lincoln Co-Pilot360 and the Black Label trim offers the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus. Excellent ratings aside, the American SUV also comes with a myriad of safety and driver-assistance features, that truly help it stand out among the others. Key safety features include:

  • Cruise control- steering assist
  • AdvanceTrac
  • Blindspot information system
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front collision mitigation
  • Driver monitoring
  • Automatic emergency braking and cross-traffic alert
  • Active park assist plus
  • An aerial view camera system
  • MyKey system
  • Safety Canopy airbag system

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Competition

6.0/10

2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs 2020 Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is clearly the more established and more popular luxury SUV among the masses. The German SUV has etched its name in a very solid spot, as it offers better performance than the Lincoln, has better fuel economy, drives and handles better, and has a more luxurious interior. The Lincoln is only a bit more practical in comparison. To be honest, we would choose the Q5 any day over the Nautilus, unless you specifically want a large cargo capacity.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs 2020 Cadillac XT5

The name Cadillac would remind anyone of luxury. The Cadillac XT5 is a better-performing vehicle when compared to the Nautilus, it’s also slightly lighter than the Nautilus and that keeps it relatively nimble on turns. It is also quite luxurious with an upscale interior. It also rides well and handles well too. Probably the best part about the XT5 is its outlandish style and extremely appealing exterior styling. It is a Caddy, after all. 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs 2020 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is another luxury car from the Swedish carmaker. The XC60 tries to strike a fine balance between luxury and practicality, but when it comes to practicality, it is absolutely dominated by the Nautilus as the bigger dimensions of Nautilus provide more cabin space. It does have a better range and performs slightly better, but it once again boils down to the priority. For luxury and practicality, the Nautilus is a clear choice.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Final Verdict

The MKX may have been renamed, but it is still essentially the same vehicle at its heart. While the Lincoln Nautilus is definitely far from being a bad choice, it is also not the best either. Sure, it does have large cargo space and a long list of standard safety features, it still pales in comparison to its German rivals, when it comes to performance and luxury. A little more refinement and addition of finer materials would definitely have made the Nautilus a much more compelling choice than it already is. However, as of now, you could try to look for German alternatives.

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