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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Review, Pricing, and Specs

As mid-size luxury SUVs go, the 2020 Nautilus is a unique choice with a distinctly American flavor that reminds us of Lincoln sedans from decades ago. Its plush ride, roomy interior, and relaxed driving dynamics will satisfy buyers seeking shelter from crumbling roads and gridlocked traffic. Two turbocharged engines are on offer—a four-cylinder and a V-6—and both are well isolated from the cabin so as not to disturb occupants with vibrations or noise.

Lincoln equips the Nautilus with plenty of features as well, including a standard suite of driver assistance technologies and plenty of infotainment goodies. The top-shelf Black Label model is truly deluxe, but it's also truly expensive, putting it head-to-head with more desirable offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Volvo. Compared with those heavy-hitters, the Nautilus still lacks the panache to lure buyers to Lincoln showrooms.

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What's New for 2020?

The well priced Select model for Palm Beach drivers has been deleted from the lineup for 2020, which now includes just three trims: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The mid-range Reserve and top-spec Black Label both come with a power lift-gate as standard.

In addition, the Reserve can now be had with the Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package, which adds adaptive cruise control with lane centering, a 360-degree exterior camera system, evasive steering assist, and a self-parking feature. Four new colors gives the exterior color palette a refresh: Artisan Blue, Pristine White Metallic Tri-Coat, Red Carpet Metallic Tinted, and Silver Radiance.

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Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Standard: $42,035
  • Reserve: $49,495
  • Black Label: $64,795

With its sub-$50,000 price tag, the mid-range Reserve trim strikes us as the best balance of value and luxury. When upgrading from the Standard trim, buyers will enjoy a panoramic sunroof, rain sensing windshield wipers, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, in-dash navigation, a power adjustable steering column, and heated and cooled front seats. We'd replace the standard 18-inch wheels with 20-inch larger wheels.

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The entry-level engine in the Nautilus lineup is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 250 horsepower. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive. Our Reserve test vehicle with all-wheel drive managed a 6.8-second zero-to-60-mph time, edging out the V-6–powered Lexus RX350 by 0.1 second but falling behind the Cadillac XT5 by 0.2. We also tested the optional 335-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, and it delivered a brisk 5.9-second zero-to-60-mph time.

Neither engine felt underpowered in city driving, but the V-6's extra power is handy during highway merging and passing maneuvers. In keeping with the Lincoln brand's luxury ethos, the Nautilus is a soft-shoed crossover that's happiest wafting lazily along—to a fault. Its available adaptive suspension helps smooth impacts from potholes. Reserve and Black Label models, along with the all-wheel-drive Select, come with three driving modes (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) for an extra layer of personalization.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

What is surprising, though, is how close the turbocharged V-6 models are to the four-cylinder's numbers. The all-wheel-drive four-cylinder Nautilus is rated at 22 mpg in combined driving, while the all-wheel-drive V-6 version is rated for 21.

Our all-wheel-drive V-6 Black Label test vehicle only delivered 24 of its 25-mpg highway estimate on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route. The all-wheel-drive RX350, for context, delivered an incredible 31 mpg versus its EPA rating of 26 mpg.

We drove the new Lincoln Nautilus around Palm Beach and West Palm Beach Florida on a nice road trip down the Florida Highway. It didn't fail our South Florida gas mileage rating test.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The cabin of the Nautilus is finished in nice materials; layers of more luxurious leathers, metals, and woods become available as you climb up through the lineup. Nearly everything in our Reserve and Black Label test vehicles was wrapped in soft leather, and the headliner of Black Label models is covered in faux suede. Although the Nautilus shares a platform with the Ford Edge, buyers likely wouldn't guess that.

While the vehicles are similarly spacious, the cabin of the Lincoln offers more style and substance in the form of optional massaging seats with 22-way adjustability, a standard digital gauge cluster, and a push-button gear selector. Behind the Nautilus's rear seat is a vast cargo area that swallowed 12 carry-on suitcases in our testing—two more than the XT5 and three more than the RX350.

Dropping the rear seat to its flat position a process that's simple due to handy levers in the cargo area that flop the seat backs down creates room for up to 27 suitcases.


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Infotainment and Connectivity

In addition to the 12.3-inch digital gauge display, all Nautilus models come with a secondary, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment software is easy to use, but we'd appreciate a larger screen that's within better reach of the driver's seat.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 11-speaker audio system, and a 4G LTE–powered onboard Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard; navigation and a wireless smartphone charging pad are standard on Select, Reserve, and Black Label models. Especially appealing to buyers with kids, Lincoln offers an optional rear-seat entertainment system on all trim levels.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-keeping assist with lane departure warning
  • Available adaptive cruise control with lane centering adaptive steering

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Although the Lincoln's powertrain warranty is longer than rivals', including the XC90 and the Audi Q7, its bumper to bumper policy doesn't push the boundaries of what the rest of the segment offers. Paying for the expensive Black Label trim adds dealership perks such as four years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, an annual detailing service for the first four years of ownership, and a culinary concierge for restaurant reservations.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles