2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 MODEL
$41,040 - $63,800
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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Duncan James

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Luxury and comfort are two different things. And looking in terms of a car or specifically an SUV you may relate that a luxurious SUV will surely provide comfort for the money spent. Or a Comfortable SUV will surely be luxurious. The value-oriented Select model 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 liftgate as standard. In addition, the Reserve can now be had with the Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package, which adds adaptive cruise control with lane centring, a 360-degree exterior camera system, evasive steering assist, and a self-parking feature.

Four new colours give the exterior colour palette a refresh: Artisan Blue Clearcoat, Pristine White Metallic Tri-Coat, Red Carpet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Silver Radiance Clearcoat. No there are some cars that might not get the luxury yet can get you a much more comfortable ride than luxury SUVs. One such car we have for you that is not so luxurious but is surely a car that comforts you through the entire ride.

 

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Pros

Attractive exterior

Comfortable ride and quiet interior

Loads of safety tech

Fuel-economy

User-friendly infotainment system

Strong acceleration from turbocharged V6

Cons

Thick roof pillars impair visibility

Hard plastic on the center console

What's New?

New features added


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41040

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

280 lbs.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

190 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

66.2 in.

curb weight

4142 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/26/23 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior video
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Styles

2020 Lincoln Nautilus in Admiral Blue Metallic color 2020 Lincoln Nautilus in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color 2020 Lincoln Nautilus in Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri Coat color 2020 Lincoln Nautilus in Iced Mocha Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lincoln Nautilus Standard

Standard

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$41,040 - $43,535


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,040 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,535 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve

Reserve

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$48,500 - $53,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $48,500 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,995 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $53,495 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label

Black Label

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$63,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $63,800 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


Lincoln combines the flavours of the old school sedans with a plush ride, roomy interior, and relaxed driving dynamics. The Nautilus is well equipped with the option for either an Inline-4 or a V6. Both of which are turbocharged and quiet enough to satisfy buyers seeking shelter from crumbling roads and gridlocked traffic in a well-isolated cabin.

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.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Front View
2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Features

8.0/10

Three trim levels are available, Standard, Reserve and then ending with the Black Label. There's a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and all-wheel drive is offered across all trims and a V6 is optional. The standard Nautilus gets off to a good start with adaptive cruise control, leather seats, 18-inch wheels, and Apple Car Play and Android Auto both fully supported.

In keeping with the Lincoln brand's luxury ethos, the Nautilus is a soft-shoed crossover that's the 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.

Models

Standard

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP (FWD)

$41,040

$48,500

-

MSRP (AWD) $43,535 $50,995 $63,800

Key Features

Lincoln Co-Pilot 360

Adds/Upgrades to Standard Adds/Upgrades to Reserve

 

SYNC 3

Lincoln Embrace 2 package

Black label member privileges

 

18” Warm alloy painted Aluminum wheels

Wireless charging pad

Revel Ultimate system with 19 speakers setup

 

LED DRLs

Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats

HD radio

 

18” Inch premium painted bright machined aluminum wheels

20” Inch premium painted bright machined aluminum wheels

21” Inch painted ultra-bright machined wheels

 

Premium Leather-trimmed seats

Lincoln signature lighting

Unique black label center caps

 

Voice activated touchscreen

Navigation system

LED multi projector headlamps

   

Revel audio system with 13 speakers

Venetian Leather Seats

We Recommend

We recommend the Reserve trim with the standard V6 turbocharged engine. It offers more features than the base and also adds extra comforts. By selecting this trim, you also get the option to add optional packages such as Climate package (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic high beams) and Select Plus package (navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert system).

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Engine and Performance

The Entry Level Nautilus comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine generates 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. For people who want a bit more power a 2.7 litre V6 which generates 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines produced a great amount of torque at lower RPMs which makes the Nautilus feel stronger. Neither Engines felt underpowered in city driving, but the V6’s extra power is handy during highway merging and passing manoeuvres.

The power train is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which n contributes to the driveability, smoothness, and refinement of every Nautilus. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. Technologies like direct fuel injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) helps you to make most out of the engine.

Models

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$41,040

$42,950

$41,995

$41,695

$40,195

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

7-speed DCT

8-speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

250hp@5500rpm

252hp@5000rpm

248hp@5200rpm

241hp@5500rpm

250hp@5500rpm

Torque

280ft-lbs@1500rpm

273ft-lbs@1600rpm

258ft-lbs@1450rpm

273ft-lbs@1300rpm

258ft-lbs@1500rpm

All of the rivals produce a similar amount of horsepower and there is not much of a difference, but the power delivery is much linear in the German rivals.

Acceleration

The turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four can take the Nautilus form 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds which is faster than most of the SUVs in this segment. The turbocharged V6 with more than enough horsepower can sprint a second faster than the standard power train. It covers the quarter-mile mark at 14.4 seconds topping out at 97 mph.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV  hits 0-60 in just 6 sec

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.  

Models

Lincoln Nautilus 2.7L V6

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH

5.9

6.2

6.3

6.4

5.4

Quarter mile

14.9

14.5

15.2

14.8

14.9

Engine

2.7L V6 Turbo

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4109

4057

4034

3891

4109

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

7.4

6.8

7.3

7.7

The Lincoln MKX takes 5.9-seconds to cover 60 mph with the V6 engine making it one of the fastest SUV in the segment. It stands well against some performance-oriented competitors. Power arrives in a linear fashion above 1,500 rpm, and Lincoln heavily damps the engine noise—it’s difficult to say exactly how many cylinders are at work. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional on this engine.

Ride and Handling

This Lincoln shares its suspension platform with the MKX. Additionally, adaptive steering has been introduced on the black edition which is again shared with the Ford Edge. The nautilus handles road imperfections without any hesitation with the ability to even handle knee-deep bumps. With a suspension composed of front struts and an independent rear end, and shod with 18-inch to 21-inch tires, the 2020 Nautilus doesn’t have a hint of sportiness even on the twistiest roads. It’s best as a long-distance cruiser, and in that arena, it excels.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Handling

The steering is well-weighted but sometimes feels overly sensitive. The handling feels numb with no sense of tire’s interaction with the road. A competitor like BMW X3 and GLC may deliver sharper handling but the Lincoln Nautilus with a long wheelbase and adaptive suspension makes for a comfortable and composed ride over rough roads.

Braking

The Lincoln Nautilus is equipped with crisp brakes and body control is appreciable on corners. The pedal travel is large and emergency stops are straight with a minimal nosedive. The Lincoln takes a respectable 117 feet to stop from 60 mph which is on par with the old MKX (119 feet).

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Brake Front (in.)

12.8

13.3

13

13.5

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

13

13

12.6

12.6

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

112

114

115

114

The Nautilus 2.7-liter with AWD stops from 60 mph in 119 feet, which is a good performance but it cannot match the rivals like Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in terms of stopping prowess.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Fuel Economy

Lincoln Nautilus features Auto Start-Stop Technology that can shut the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop to help you save fuel. The inline-four with front-wheel drive delivers 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway while the AWD variant reduces 1 mpg (20 city/25 highway) from both the figures. The V 6 engine is surprisingly fueled efficiently and delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the AWD variant delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (city)

21

22

23

22

22

MPG (highway)

26

27

30

27

29

MPG (combined)

23

24

26

24

24

Range (city/highway) (miles)

392/520

407/500

396/516

383/470

414/545

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.8

18.5

17.2

17.4

18.8

The Lincoln Nautilus is the least fuel-efficient in its class and most of the rivals delivers a better fuel economy.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Interior

8.0/10

Unlike the exterior, the cabin of Nautilus is quite spacious. The only difference from the previous generation is the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster which is standard across the lineup. The 2020 Nautilus boasts a top-notch interior crafted from upscale material.The cabin of the Nautilus is finished in layers of luxurious leathers, metals, and woods become available as you climb up through the lineup. Nearly everything in the Reserve and Black Label trims were wrapped in soft leather, and the headliner of the Black Label model is covered in faux suede.

At 190 inches long,the exterior size translates to tons of interior space, and while the standard front seats are plenty comfortable, they are moreover adjustable 10 ways, the rear bench lacks the same cushioning and bolstering. Optional 22-way power seats on the Reserve and Black trim add cooling and heating as standard. These are some of my favorite luxury vehicle seats. The massage function is also available too, welcoming on long drives.

A tall roof and a large door make for an easy entry/exit in the Nautilus. The front seats are ultra-comfortable and offers a generous amount of support. There is enough legroom in both the rows to accommodate adults, although the headroom is a bit tight because of Nautilus’s sloping roofline.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.9/42.

41.7/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.9/42.6

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/36.4/56.0

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.0/56.3/38.0

The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are somewhat similar in terms of interior dimensions and Nautilus bags the second spot followed by the GLC 300.

Interior Features

  • 12.3" LCD instrument cluster display
  • 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat with recline
  • EasyFold® seatback release
  • Active Noise Control 
  • Comfort front seats with 10-way power adjustability
  • Driver’s side memory feature
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/-down with global open/close for all 4 windows

Infotainment System

The Sync 3 system's touchscreen interface is also notable for its user-friendly operation, including the way it incorporates familiar smartphone-like gestures including swipe and pinch-to-zoom." Edmunds

The 2019 Lincoln MKX comes fitted with the parent company Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which is easy-to-use but does not respond to touch as quickly as in some rivals. Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard while the 8-inch touchscreen has bright and intuitive graphics. Standard features include:

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Sirius XM with 6 months access

Cargo Capacity

The Lincoln Nautilus comes with a generous amount of cargo space at the back which is 37 cubic feet. The 60/40 split folding rear seats can help you to accommodate 69 cubic feet. It is above average for this segment and all passengers have plenty of room for their belongings. You also get hands free lift agate for easy access and the load height is also low.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

37

25.1

28.7

19.4

29.7

The Nautilus has got the highest amount of cargo space and no rival comes close to it.

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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior

8.0/10

The Nautilus embraces a bolder look into the front with new headlamps, a new hood and restyled front fenders. The corporate style mesh grille perfectly integrates into the nose with sweptback headlights looks dynamic. There are chrome accents on each side embellished with "Nautilus" looks prominent. Bystanders will definitely notice this vehicle as it is a looker. The thin turn signals look excessively like bristles which are definitely inspired by the Navigator. The side profile is cohesive with chiseled lines starting from the front and ending at the rear fender. In the rear, Nautilus- changes are kept to a minimum—that is something to be thankful for since the MKX was alluring from behind.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus SUV 3 Quarter View

Model

Lincoln Nautilus 2.0 l

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Length(in)

190.0

183.6

185.9

183.3

184.6

Width(in)

76.1

74.5

74.4

74.4

78.7

Height(in)

66.2

65.3

66.0

64.5

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

8.2

8.0

5.0

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

111.0

112.8

113.1

112.8

When it comes to dimensions, the Lincoln Nautilus is the longest but maneuverability will not be a concern. In terms of width, the Nautilus is also the biggest which in turn makes up for more interior space.

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic-laminated windshield and front-door glass
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • LED headlamps with dynamic signature lighting
  • LED tail lamps with LED backup lights
  • Power-adjustable, auto fold, heated, body-color side-view mirrors with memory and integrated LED turn signal indicators
  • Rearview camera wash

Towing Capacity

When fitted with the class 2 hitch the Nautilus is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds which is enough for a small trailer, or a pair of Jet Ski. Some class rivals can pull a considerably heavier load.

Model

Lincoln Nautilus

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Towing Capacity

3500lbs

4400lbs

4400lbs

3500lbs

3500lbs

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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Safety

7.0/10

Whether parked on the road or on the move, the Lincoln Nautilus has you covered with many safety features. The 2020 Lincoln MKX has earned an impressive crash rating by the NHSTA and the IIHS. The NHSTA rated the MKX with a five star overall, albeit a four star for rollover. The IIHS meanwhile gave it “Good” scores on the crash test, and a “Superior” rating for crash avoidance but only with the AEB (automatic emergency braking) that is a part of Driver Assistance package ($2,250).

In terms of reliability, Lincoln has covered the car with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/ 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Competition

7.0/10

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The GLC 300 is definitely a segment leader in terms of luxury, it combines high quality material with cutting-edge technology. The 2.0 liter turbocharged powertrain produces 241 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. The GLC feels more athletic than the Nautilus but the options cost quickly add up to a hefty price tag when you compare it with the Lincoln.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5

The 2.0 liter engine produces 252 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinders mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The power delivery is much linear when compared with the Nautilus. All-wheel drive is standard in Audi Q5 while it is optional for the Nautilus. The driving dynamics of the Audi is far better than the Lincoln and it proves a better option.

2020 Audi A5

BMW X3

The BMW X3 is among some of the best SUV’s you can get for your money. Power comes from a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which puts out 248 hp and a similar amount of torque. The optional xDrive variant is far more dynamic than the optional all-wheel-drive in the Nautilus. The handling is precise while the Nautilus have dead center steering and its overall performance is good in the X3.

2020 BMW X3

 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Final Verdict

Lincoln has done a noteworthy job in updating the MKS form outside but it doesn’t feel all that different inside. The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus low price and a long list of features along with a comfy and plush cabin make it a top pick in the midsize luxury SUV segment. It does everything well if not the best. It isn’t exciting as most of the rivals but the presidential Lincoln’s are above all in terms of luxury and comfort.

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