The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus receives a subtle but thorough refresh for its third year on the market. The body wears a revised grille and thicker chrome accents up front and full-width lighting in back.
Inside are upgraded trim materials and a horizontally oriented dashboard with a 13.2-inch touchscreen and piano-style shift keys. All models adopt the latest version of Lincoln's voice command system, SYNC 4. With newly available Phone As A Key technology, the driver's smartphone can function as a key fob.
Choosing Your Lincoln Nautilus
The 2021 Nautilus comes with three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Pricing starts at $42,035 and tops out at $66,085 for the Black Label.
The Standard and Reserve carry a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Black Label gets a twin-turbo V6, which is optional on the Reserve.
|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 use an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive costs $2,500 on four-cylinder models and comes standard with the V6. Adding the V6 AWD combo to the Reserve costs $5,195.
The AWD Nautilus can tow up to 3,500 pounds with either engine, versus just 1,500 with the standard front-drive setup.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Nautilus is a midsize, two-row crossover with room for five to get comfortable. There are 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 68.8 cubic feet with it folded.
Every Nautilus comes with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which furnishes lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and rear parking sensors.
Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus adds adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, evasive steering assist, a surround-view camera, and an automated parking system with front sensors. This upgrade is standard on the Black Label and included in the Reserve's $3,420 Reserve I Package.
The Standard model offers a 13.2-touchscreen, 10 speakers, four USB ports, satellite radio, and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Select I Package ($1,815) includes navigation and other features.
Navigation is standard on the Reserve, along with wireless charging and a 13-speaker Revel sound system. The Black Label gets a 19-speaker Revel system with HD radio.
The Standard trim includes power 10-way front seats, remote start, full LED lighting, a power liftgate, faux leather upholstery, and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.
The Standard I Package ($1,815) adds genuine leather seats, navigation, a universal home remote, and bright-finish wheels.
The Reserve comes standard with the Standard I equipment, plus a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, and a hands-free liftgate.
In addition to Co-Pilot360 Plus, the Reserve I Package adds Phone As a Key and 20-inch wheels. The other package choice, Select II ($8,445), also contains Class II trailering equipment, a cargo management system, and 21-inch high-polish wheels.
Buyer can upgrade to 22-way massaging front seats for $1,500. A rear video entertainment system is available for $1,995, but not in conjunction with the fancy seats.
The Black Label features an extended Venetian leather and wood interior in the buyer's choice of design themes, Chalet or Flight.
Ownership includes a host of exclusive services and a designated concierge. The 22-way seats and rear entertainment system remain optional, but nearly everything else is standard.
The 2021 Nautilus trims are reasonably priced for what you get. If the Standard model feels a bit austere, that can be easily solved by advancing to the Reserve at a commensurate increase in price. Keep in mind the Black Label's heftier tag isn't just for the car, but also the royal treatment that comes with it.