For 2019, Lincoln's mid-sizer was renamed from MKX to Nautilus and was thoroughly refreshed. As a result, the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is largely a carryover. The only notable change is that the Select trim level has been dropped, leaving three trims for buyers to choose between.
Choosing Your Lincoln Nautilus
The Lincoln Nautilus is available in three trims: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Pricing starts at $42,680 including destination for the Standard and climbs to $65,440 for the Black Label.
The Standard and Reserve have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. A 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 is standard on the Black Label and available on the Reserve for $4,995.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||250 hp||280 lb-ft||23 mpg|
|2.7L Twin-Turbo V6||335 hp||380 lb-ft||21 mpg|
Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard and Reserve models come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for $2,495. Black Label models get standard AWD.
Lincoln claims both engines can tow 3,500 pounds. Perhaps they both can, but there's no doubt that the 2.7-liter will do so far more effortlessly than its four-pot companion. Even when it's not towing, the extra muscle of the V6 makes on-ramps and passing effortless exercises, and there's hardly a fuel economy penalty to boot.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
No third-row option means all Nautilus models are five-seaters. Rear seats don't offer fore and aft adjustment, but the available rear legroom is more than what's found in the Lexus RX and right in line with the Cadillac XT5.
The way-back of the Nautilus is fairly spacious, offering 37.2 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats in place and 68.8 cubes with them folded. The rear seats fold completely flat for easy loading of bulky cargo.
Every Nautilus comes from the factory with the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features. Nearly all the good stuff is included: automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beams.
The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus bundle brings adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, an automated parking system, a forward sensing system, and adaptive steering with evasive steering assist. This is standard on the Black Label and available on the Reserve for $2,995.
A standard 8-inch touchscreen is the command center for the Sync 3 infotainment software. The system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wi-fi capability, SiriusXM, Bluetooth, and a CD player for those still holding on to their disc collection.
The dashboard is a fully digital affair, with its 12.3-inch screen offering multiple displays and a wealth of informative data. No head-up display is available, however, not even on the Black Label.
Backseat riders can pass the time with an available rear-seat entertainment system ($1,995), and everybody can enjoy the optional 11-, 13-, and 19-speaker Revel audio systems.
The Standard Nautilus wears rather small-seeming 18-inch wheels, but otherwise it looks luxury with its chrome trim, full LED lighting, and bold grille. Other standard features include 10-way power front seats, a power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, and remote keyless entry.
The $2,065 Standard I equipment collection includes niceties like voice-activated navigation, different 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and a universal garage door opener.
The mid-trim Reserve brings plenty of upgrades over the Standard. Besides making the contents of the Standard I, well, standard, there's also heated and cooled front seats, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, a wireless charging pad, a hands-free liftgate, and ambient lighting.
Reserve models further boast of heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic roof. Lincoln's Embrace II, which is the brand's term for puddle lights that automatically illuminate upon approaching the car, is also standard.
For $3,375, buyers can opt for the Reserve I equipment collection. This includes Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus, 20-inch wheels, and upgraded Bridge of Weir leather. Heated and ventilated 22-way power front seats are a $1,500 option.
Those willing to shell out the cash for a Black Label enjoy first-rate service that includes a mobile showroom, an assigned concierge, remote vehicle delivery, anytime car washes, annual detailing, and a premium maintenance plan. But the real showstopping bit is the interior, which is done up in an exclusive themed color combination that's highly opulent in look and feel.
In the case of the Nautilus, there are three themes to pick from: Gala, Chalet, and Thoroughbred. Each uses distinctive colors, quilting patterns, and wood trims. All are decked out with every option but the rear-seat entertainment and 22-way power seats.
Black Labels are very nice, but unless you're going to utilize all the included service,s you're better off with a Reserve trim. It's very well equipped and offers plenty of options without breaking the bank, making it the best choice of the three 2020 Lincoln Nautilus models.