2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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2019 MODEL
$40,340 - $59,390

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 8, 2019


Lincoln has revamped its MKX inside out and now it wears a real name which is Nautilus. Deriving its tag from the ocean and based on the Ford Edge the restyled Nautilus is the newest addition to competitive SUV segment.

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Pros

Attractive exterior

Comfortable ride and quiet interior

Loads of safety tech

Fuel-economy

User-friendly infotainment system

Strong acceleration from turbocharged V6

Cons

Strong acceleration from turbocharged V6

Thick roof pillars impair visibility

Hard plastic on the center console

What's New?

Revamped engine lineup

New features added


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40340

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

174 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

275 lbs.-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.8/64.7

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

190 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

66.2 in.

curb weight

4142 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Blue Diamond Metallic color  2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri Coat color  2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Iced Mocha Metallic color  2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2019 Lincoln Nautilus in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clear Coat color
Blue Diamond Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Base

Base

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$40,340 - $42,835


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,835 MSRP (20/22/25) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,340 MSRP (21/23/26) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select

Select

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$44,545 - $47,040


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Select 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,545 MSRP (21/23/26) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,040 MSRP (20/22/25) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve

Reserve

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$48,875 - $51,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $48,875 MSRP (21/23/26) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $51,370 MSRP (20/22/25) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label

Black Label

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$56,895 - $59,390


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $59,390 MSRP (20/22/25) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Black Label 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,895 MSRP (21/23/26) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The Lincoln Nautilus is powered by a standard turbocharged in line four and a V6 is optional. With a host of driver assist features and advanced in-cabin technology, the Nautilus is dressed to impress.The powertrain is similar to those in BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes -Benz GLC, it should give the competition a run for their money with its strong list of standard features.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus front View
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front View
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Rear View
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Features

7.5/10

Four trim levels are available, starting at the Nautilus and moving up to the Select, the Reserve and then ending with the Black Label. There's a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and all-wheel drive is offered across all trims and a V6 is optional. The standard Nautilus gets off to a good start with adaptive cruise control, leather seats, 18-inch wheels, and Apple Car Play and Android Auto both fully supported. A host of packages is also available which adds convenience and safety features to the standard variant.

Trims

Premiere

Select

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP (FWD)

$39,035

$42,550

$46,560

$54,230

MSRP (AWD)

$41,530

$45,045

$49,055

$56,725

Features

SYNC 3

18-inch Premium

Heated & Cooled Front Seats

Venetian Leather Seats with Embroidered Black Label Insignia

 

18-inch Painted Aluminum Wheels

Painted Bright-Machined Aluminum Wheels

 

Roof with Power Sunshade

Black Label Member Privileges

  Rear View Camera

Hands-Free Power Liftgate

Revel Ultima System

 

19 speakers & HD Radio

 

Reverse Sensing System

 

Configurable LED Daytime Running Lamps

BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert

 

   

Luxury Leather Seating

 

Voice-Activated Navigation System

 

Black & Bright Machined-Aluminum wheels with Chrome Inserts

We Recommend

We recommend the Select trim with the standard 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. It offers more features than the base and also adds extra comforts. By selecting this trim, you also get the option to add optional packages such as Climate package (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic high beams) and Select Plus package (navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert system).

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"Looking closely, this 'all-new' model feels more like the sum of many small improvements; a refresh rather than a reinvention. From the powertrain to the cabin tech and interior design, this still feels like an MKX with a new name. That's fine because, at the macro level, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is overall a better, more luxurious vehicle than the MKX it replaces and a much better fit, both stylistically and in terms of content, with the current stable of Lincoln vehicles.-CNET

Engine and Transmission

Dropping the naturally aspirated V6, the Lincoln Nautilus comes with impressive turbocharged engine options. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine generates 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. For people who want a bit more power a 2.7 liter V6 which generates 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines produced a great amount of torque at lower rpm’s which makes the Nautilus feel stronger.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Engine
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Engine

The powertrain is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission which n contributes to the driveability, smoothness, and refinement of every Nautilus. Front wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. Technologies like direct fuel injection and twin-independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) helps you to make most out of the engine.

Models

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$40,195

$42,950

$41,995

$41,695

$40,195

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Transmission

8 speed Automatic

7 speed DCT

8 speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 speed Automatic

Horsepower

250hp@5500rpm

252hp@5000rpm

248hp@5200rpm

241hp@5500rpm

250hp@5500rpm

Torque

280ft-lbs@1500rpm

273ft-lbs@1600rpm

258ft-lbs@1450rpm

273ft-lbs@1300rpm

258ft-lbs@1500rpm

All of the rivals produce a similar amount of horsepower and there is not much of a difference, but the power delivery is much linear in the German rivals.

Acceleration

The turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four can take the Nautilus form 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds which is faster than most of the suvs in this segment. The turbocharged V6 with more than enough horsepower can sprint a second faster than the standard powertrain. It covers the quarter-mile mark at 14.4 seconds topping out at 97 mph.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Acceleration
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Acceleration

Models

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH

5.9

6.2

6.3

6.4

5.4

Quarter mile

14.9

14.5

15.2

14.8

14.9

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4109

4057

4034

3891

4109

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

7.4

6.8

7.3

7.7

The Lincoln MKX takes 5.9-seconds to cover 60 mph with the standard engine making it one of the fastest SUV in the segment. It stands well against some performance-oriented competitors.

Ride and Handling

The standard 2.0 liter engine on the Nautilus generates a healthy 250 hp mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission is enough for most of the people. After the typical turbo spool, the power delivery is linear with satisfying acceleration. Nautilus exhibits a composed behavior which is expected out of Lincoln and adaptive dampers that can be adjusted for Comfort, Normal or Sport mode.

The steering is well weighted but sometimes feels overly sensitive. The handling feels numb with no sense of tire’s interaction with the road. A competitor like BMW X3 and GLC may deliver sharper handling but the Lincoln Nautilus with a long wheelbase and adaptive suspension makes for a comfortable and composed ride over rough roads.

Braking

The Lincoln Nautilus is equipped with crisp brakes and body control is appreciable on corners. The pedal travel is large and emergency stops are straight with a minimal nosedive. The Lincoln takes a respectable 117 feet to stop from 60 mph which is on par with the old MKX (119 feet).

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Wheel
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Wheel

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Brake Front (in.)

12.8

13.3

13

13.5

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

13

13

12.6

12.6

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

112

114

115

114

The Nautilus 2.7-liter with AWD stops from 60 mph in 119 feet, which is a good performance but it cannot match the rivals like Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in terms of stopping prowess.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Fuel Economy

Lincoln Nautilus features Auto Start-Stop Technology that can shut the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop to help you save fuel. The inline four with front wheel drive delivers 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway while the AWD variant reduces 1 mpg (20 city/25 highway) from both the figures. The V 6 engine is surprisingly fuel efficient and delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the AWD variant delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (city)

21

22

23

22

22

MPG (highway)

26

27

30

27

29

MPG (combined)

23

24

26

24

24

Range (city/highway) (miles)

392/520

407/500

396/516

383/470

414/545

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.8

18.5

17.2

17.4

18.8

The Lincoln Nautilus is the least fuel efficient in its class and most of the rivals delivers a better fuel economy.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Interior

7.0/10

"In Lincoln's view of luxury, customer coddling augments a cosseting driving experience. While the Nautilus is not as grandiose as the Continental or the Navigator, this mainstream model burnishes its credentials as a quiet, comfy crossover."-Caranddriver

Seating and Comfort

Unlike the exterior, the cabin of Nautilus is a carryover from MKX which is quite spacious. The only difference from the previous generation is the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster which is standard across the lineup. The 2019 Nautilus boasts a top-notch interior crafted from upscale material. Lower trims come with soft, premium leatherette while the top trims add a premium feel with plush leather and genuine wood finish inside the cabin. The wind and engine noise are well muffled and the cabin remains serene like the other Lincoln.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Seating
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Seat

A tall roof and a large door make for an easy entry/exit in the Nautilus. The 22-way power adjustable front seats ultra-comfortable and offers a generous amount of support. They also feature functions like massaging, heating and ventilation. There is enough legroom in both the rows to accommodate adults, although the headroom is a bit tight because of Nautilus’s sloping roofline.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.9/42.

41.7/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.9/42.6

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/36.4/56.0

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.0/56.3/38.0

The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are somewhat similar in terms of interior dimensions and Nautilus bags the second spot followed by the GLC 300.

Interior Features

  • 12.3" LCD instrument cluster display
  • 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat with recline
  • EasyFold® seatback release
  • Active Noise Control 
  • Comfort front seats with 10-way power adjustability
  • Driver’s side memory feature
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/-down with global open/close for all 4 windows

Infotainment System

The Sync 3 system's touchscreen interface is also notable for its user-friendly operation, including the way it incorporates familiar smartphone-like gestures including swipe and pinch-to-zoom." Edmunds

The 2019 Lincoln MKX comes fitted with the parent company Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which is easy-to-use but does not respond to touch as quickly as in some rivals.  Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard while the 8-inch touchscreen has bright and intuitive graphics. Standard features include:

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Infotainment
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Infotainment Display
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Sirius XM with 6 months access

Cargo Capacity

The Lincoln Nautilus comes with a generous amount of cargo space at the back which is 37 cubic feet. The 60/40 split folding rear seats can help you to accommodate 69 cubic feet. It is above average for this segment and all passengers have plenty of room for their belongings. You also get hands free lift agate for easy access and the load height is also low.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Cargo
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Cargo Space

Model

Lincoln Nautilus

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

37

25.1

28.7

19.4

29.7

The Nautilus has got the highest amount of cargo space and no rival comes close to it.

Towing Capacity

When fitted with the class 2 hitch the Nautilus is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds which is enough for a small trailer, or a pair of Jet Ski. Some class rivals can pull a considerably heavier load.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Towing Capacity

3500lbs

4400lbs

4400lbs

3500lbs

3500lbs

2019 Lincoln Nautilus cockpit area
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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Dashboard
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Dashboard
2019 Lincoln Nautilus steering
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Steering
2019 Lincoln Nautilus front seat
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front seat
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Sunroof
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Sunroof
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Rear Seat
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Rear Seat
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Air Vent
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Air Vent
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Cargo Space
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Cargo Space

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior

The new front and rear fascias take heavy inspiration from Lincoln’s most recently redesigned models—the Continental and Navigator—with prominent rectangular grilles with the same chrome-laden pattern featured on the Nautilus’ larger siblings- Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The Nautilus embraces a bolder look into the front with new headlamps, a new hood and restyled front fenders. The corporate style mesh grille perfectly integrates into the nose with sweptback headlights looks dynamic. There are chrome accents on each side embellished with "Nautilus" looks prominent. Bystanders will definitely notice this vehicle as it is a looker.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Side View
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Side View

The thin turn signals look excessively like bristles which are definitely inspired from the Navigator. The side profile is cohesive with chiseled lines starting from the front and ending at the rear fender. In rear, Nautilus- changes are kept to a minimum—that is something to be thankful for since the MKX was alluring from behind.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Length(in)

190.0

183.6

185.9

183.3

184.6

Width(in)

76.1

74.5

74.4

74.4

78.7

Height(in)

66.2

65.3

66.0

64.5

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

8.2

8.0

5.0

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

111.0

112.8

113.1

112.8

When it comes to dimensions, the Lincoln Nautilus is the longest but maneuverability will not be a concern. In terms of width, the Nautilus is also the biggest which in turn makes up for more interior space.

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic-laminated windshield and front-door glass
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • LED headlamps with dynamic signature lighting
  • LED tail lamps with LED backup lights
  • Power-adjustable, auto fold, heated, body-color side view mirrors with memory and integrated LED turn signal indicators
  • Rear view camera wash
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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Safety

Whether parked on the road or on the move, the Lincoln Nautilus has you covered with many safety features. The 2019 Lincoln MKX has earned an impressive crash rating by the NHSTA and the IIHS. The NHSTA rated the MKX with a five star overall, albeit a four star for rollover. The IIHS meanwhile gave it “Good” scores on the crash test, and a “Superior” rating for crash avoidance but only with the AEB (automatic emergency braking) that is a part of Driver Assistance package ($2,250).

In terms of reliability, Lincoln has covered the car with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/ 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The GLC 300 is definitely a segment leader in terms of luxury, it combines high quality material with cutting-edge technology. The 2.0 liter turbocharged powertrain produces 241 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. The GLC feels more athletic than the Nautilus but the options cost quickly add up to a hefty price tag when you compare it with the Lincoln.

2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 300
2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5

The 2.0 liter engine produces 252 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinders mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The power delivery is much linear when compared with the Nautilus. All-wheel drive is standard in Audi Q5 while it is optional for the Nautilus. The driving dynamics of the Audi is far better than the Lincoln and it proves a better option.

2019 Audi Q5
2019 Audi Q5

BMW X3

The BMW X3 is among some of the best SUV’s you can get for your money. Power comes from a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which puts out 248 hp and a similar amount of torque. The optional xDrive variant is far more dynamic than the optional all-wheel-drive in the Nautilus. The handling is precise while the Nautilus have dead center steering and its overall performance is good in the X3.

2019 BMW X3
2019 BMW X3

 

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Final Verdict

Lincoln has done a noteworthy job in updating the MKS form outside but it doesn’t feel all that different inside. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus low price and a long list of features along with a comfy and plush cabin make it a top pick in the midsize luxury SUV segment. It does everything well if not the best. It isn’t exciting as most of the rivals but the presidential Lincoln’s are above all in terms of luxury and comfort.