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3.6 (Good)

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2023 Standard 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $44,825
2023 Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,325
2023 Reserve 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $51,040
2023 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,535
2023 Black Label 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $67,245


What's New

The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus continues without significant change. The midsize luxury crossover arrived in 2019 and received a refresh for 2021. This will be the final model year for the Nautilus.

Choosing Your Lincoln Nautilus

The 2023 Nautilus comes in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Pricing starts at $46,020 including destination and goes to $68,440 for the opulent Black Label.

Engine Choices

The Standard and Reserve start with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for $2,500.

The Reserve's optional twin-turbo V6 requires AWD at a cost of $5,195 for both. This combo is standard on the Black Label.

All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Nautilus is rated to tow 1,500 pounds with the standard front-drive layout, or 3,500 pounds with AWD added to either engine.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Nautilus is a midsize, two-row crossover with room for five to get comfortable. Cargo space measures 37.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 68.8 cubic feet with it folded. These are typical figures for a midsize luxury crossover.

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Safety Features

Every Nautilus comes with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance technology that includes 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, surround-view cameras, and an automated parking system with front sensors. This upgrade is standard on the Black Label and available on the Reserve in the $4,785 Reserve I Package.


The Standard model features a 13.2-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers, four USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Premium Package for this trim adds navigation and other features for $1,155.

Navigation is standard on the Reserve, along with wireless phone charging. The Reserve I Package includes a 13-speaker Revel sound system with an HD radio. A 19-speaker Revel system is available in the Reserve II Package ($10,180). The 19-speaker setup is standard on the Black Label.

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2023 Lincoln Nautilus Standard — MSRP From $46,020

The Standard trim includes power 10-way front seats, aluminum interior trim, fully digital instrumentation, remote start, LED headlights and taillights, a power liftgate, leatherette upholstery, a power rear seatback release, and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Besides navigation, the Premium Package furnishes a universal home remote, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and bright-finish wheels.

2023 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve — MSRP From $52,235

The Reserve comes with genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, and a hands-free power liftgate. In addition to Co-Pilot360 Plus and the 13-speaker Revel system, the Reserve I Package adds Phone As a Key and 20-inch wheels.

The other package choice, Reserve II ($10,180), also contains AWD, adaptive headlights, LED fog lights, a cargo management system, 21-inch wheels, and the 19-speaker Revel system. Buyers can upgrade to 22-way massaging front seats for $1,500.

2023 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label — MSRP From $68,440

The V6 and AWD are standard on the Black Label. The extended Venetian leather interior comes in the buyer's choice of design themes, Chalet or Flight. Mechanical upgrades include an adaptive suspension and unique 21-inch wheels. Ownership includes a designated concierge and enhanced dealer service. Only the 22-way seats remain optional.

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The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus is likely to be in short supply for its final year in the lineup. Dealers are currently taking orders, and we recommend placing yours now to get the equipment you want.

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Expert Review

  • Practical for people and their belongings
  • Attractive body and gorgeous cabin
  • Excellent infotainment setup
  • Impressive range of engines
  • European rivals have more badge cachet
  • Black Label models are very pricey
  • It doesn’t like corners much
  • Weak fuel economy
Expert Rating
3.6 (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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Nautilus but nice. There’s a decidedly European air to Lincoln’s elegant mid-sized Nautilus SUV. The LED headlamps hint at Audi while the side profile could be from a Mercedes or a Porsche. At the same time, Lincoln has incorporated its own design ethos in areas like the cheesegrater grille and rotor blade-style alloy wheels. Clean lines complement effective proportions and minimal overhangs, creating the aura of a solid and well-balanced vehicle. While 18-inch wheels are standard, the available 21-inchers add to a general aura of muscularity and poise.

Step inside, and the positive vibes continue with an effective use of wood and metal trimmings. All five seats have enough sculpting to make them look interesting, and enough support to keep passengers comfortable, while the pleasingly symmetrical dash is capped by a 13.2-inch infotainment screen that’s about as big as we’d want. Existing Lincoln buyers will recognize elements of this interior, and there’s a refinement to the buttons and switchgear which attempts to counter the traditional Germanic stranglehold on build quality.

Generous equipment as standard. There are three trim levels on the Nautilus, starting with Standard, which costs $44,825 in FWD guise. Its synthetic leather front seats have 10-way power adjustment and heating, while the 12.3-inch instrument display is joined by a 13.2-inch touchscreen display. The $51,040 Reserve brings navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated leather front seats, while the $67,245 Black Label model offers curated interior themes along the lines you might expect from a luxury British brand like Bentley. Standard fitments here include a 19-speaker Revel audio system, 22-way adjustment for the seats, and 21-inch wheels, yet it’s impossible to recommend a model that’s $23,000 more than the base trim without offering more space or performance.

Standard safety across the range runs to active lane control, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking, though adaptive cruise and a surround-view camera aren’t similarly specified on every model. Speaking of safety, the NHTSA has awarded a five-star rating but the IIHS has described the headlights on standard models as “poor” – a rare criticism.

A luxurious land yacht. The Nautilus’s aquatic name seems quite fitting when you throw it into a corner. Lethargic responses suggest it’d much rather carry on in a straight line, while the slow-witted steering is numb and gives little indication of what’s happening where rubber meets road. Front-drive won’t impress the purists, but it’s safer in bad weather than RWD despite the occasional dab of torque steer under heavy acceleration, and you can add all-wheel drive to the smaller of its two gas engines. This will probably be most people’s choice – a 250 hp two-liter turbocharged engine mated to an impressively fuss-free eight-speed automatic transmission.

This gearbox is also paired with the more powerful 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, whose 335 hp output is dispatched to the road through standard AWD. It also emits a suitably bellicose soundtrack, though it’s worth noting sound deadening is excellent in all Nautilus models. This isn’t much of a tow car, maxing out at 3,500 lb, but it is very comfortable. An impressive standard ride can be augmented further with available adaptive dampers that provide extra cushioning against potholes and ridges.

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What’s it like to live with? Lincoln has attempted to simplify the Nautilus ownership experience by offering a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty. There’s also a concierge service where the car is collected and returned when a service is due, though the servicing itself isn’t scheduled as it is with many competitors. Other running costs include a thirst for gas, ranging from 21 to 23 mpg on the combined cycle. There are no hybrid or electric variants in this range.

On a day-to-day basis, there’s a lot to admire about the Nautilus’s design. As well as quality materials and a strong infotainment system, there are features like the center console caddy which can accommodate a tablet, with plenty of other pockets dotted around. The tailgate opens to reveal just over 37 cubic feet of storage space, with almost 69 cubes available once the rear seats are folded down.

Final thoughts. Lincoln has pitched the Nautilus quite cleverly. Offering bespoke interior fit-outs on Black Label models helps to position it as a premium model, while the $45,000 starting price of Standard trim places it within the grasp of people who might otherwise consider an Audi Q5 or BMW X3. There’s certainly plenty to attract you to the Nautilus, not least its premium cabin and excellent infotainment system. There’s generous cabin space for five, decent cargo capacity, and a high level of specification that ensures even buyers of the cheapest trim won’t feel like poor relations.

Our criticisms are limited to grumbles about the price of the aforementioned Black Label models (though you could always buy a cheaper trim and live with a smaller palette of materials) and the disappointing way the Nautilus approaches corners. Fuel economy is weak and we do have concerns about the standard headlights – it’s rare for the IIHS to use the word “poor” in any vehicle review. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to like here, alongside a few things buyers will love.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact / Steel
Fuel Tank
18.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
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
4,165 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
19.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Luxury Soft Touch Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
10 / 9
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power 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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Information System (blis) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Reverse Sensing System Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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