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Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

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2020 Standard 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $41,040
2020 Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,535
2020 Reserve 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,500
2020 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,995
2020 Black Label 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,800

Overview

What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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 TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp280 lb-ft23 mpg
2.7L Twin-Turbo V6335 hp380 lb-ft21 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.

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Safety Features

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.

Connectivity

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.

Lincoln Nautilus

Standard - From $42,680

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.

Reserve - From $50,140

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.

Black Label - From $65,440

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Stylish exterior design
  • Loads of standard safety features
  • Strong turbocharged engines
Cons
  • Interior doesn’t match exterior
  • Feels like a fancy Ford
  • Not exactly sporty
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Packed with features. With the Select trim no longer available for the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus, the mid-size SUV is available in Standard, Reserve, and Black Label trims.

The Standard trim, which is reasonably priced at $42,035 including destination comes with LED exterior lights, a power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a remote start system.

The Nautilus also comes with a good amount of tech features, which include an 8-inch touchscreen, an 11-speaker audio system, a 12.3-inch LCD display in the instrument cluster, wi-fi hot spot capability, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Lincoln’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is one of the easier infotainment systems to use on the market, too.

Advanced safety features are standard. With the Nautilus, the Lincoln CoPilot360 suite is standard. The safety bundle brings blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. For the mid-size luxury segment, the Nautilus comes with a strong list of safety features.

CoPilot360 Plus becomes available as part of an available package on the Reserve trim and brings even more safety features. Adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, park assist, and a surround-view camera system are included.

When it comes to testing conducted by the IIHS and the NHTSA, the Nautilus was a mixed bag. The NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating, but it failed to earn one of the IIHS’ safety awards due to its headlights. However, the institute did give the vehicle its highest rating of "Good" in all six of its crash tests.


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Smooth, effortless performance. The Nautilus isn’t exactly what we would call sporty, but it has smooth, quiet, and luxurious performance. There are two turbocharged engines available, and they’re both great.

The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The motor is paired to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

For drivers seeking more oomph, the Nautilus can be fitted with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that’s rated at 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The engine isn’t cheap, but it’s the one to have, as it gives the SUV much better straight-line performance.

Familiar interior design. Despite being an all-new vehicle last year, the Nautilus shares a lot of the same interior design as the old Lincoln MKX. While it’s a good-looking design that has a large amount of interior space, the quality of the materials hasn’t stood the test of time. Material quality simply can’t match what other mid-size luxury utility vehicles have.

There’s still a lot to like with the Nautilus, though. The available 22-way power seats are some of the best in the segment and even have a massaging function. Cabin space is also decent for the class, as it has 37.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 68.8 cubic feet of total cargo space.

Final thoughts. Comfortable, stylish, and well equipped, the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is a luxury mid-size SUV that carries all of the same great qualities that Lincoln’s known for in a versatile body. Against the horde of competition, the Nautilus stands out for its list of advanced safety and convenience features.

With the Nautilus, we’re not left wanting a whole lot except for nicer materials on the inside. The SUV continues to look and feel like the old MKX, which is its worst quality. Fixing the Nautilus’ cabin would result in a more premium feel.

In terms of competition, German automakers still lead the way forward. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class brings cutting-edge technology, great performance, and a truly luxurious feel to the segment. If more performance is what you’re after, the BMW X5 is the obvious choice. Besides being athletic, the X5 has an upscale cabin, more cargo space, and more power.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
18.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$70
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
68.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.0 "
Exterior Width
86.1 "
Exterior Height
66.2 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
42.8 "
Rear Legroom
39.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,142 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
19.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
11
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Blind Spot Information System (blis) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Lane Keeping Aid Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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