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.
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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