2019 Lincoln Nautilus
- All-new, but it's really an updated Lincoln MKX
- Revised styling compared to MKX
- Base engine is now a turbocharged four-cylinder
- Quiet interior with spacious rear seating
- Comfortable ride
- Strong acceleration from the optional turbocharged V6
- Thick roof pillars and small rear window impair visibility
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Which Nautilus does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
For 2019, the Lincoln has renamed the MKX, its midsize crossover SUV, the Nautilus. The name change alone is welcome — we always found it hard to remember what vehicle each of Lincoln's series of MK names referred to. Yet there's more going on than a simple badge replacement with the new 2019 Nautilus.
The Nautilus adopts a bolder look up front. Most prominent is a new grille, which is similar to those found on the brand's latest vehicles such as the Continental and the Navigator. Behind the grille is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower that replaces last year's 303-hp V6. The horsepower drop is disappointing, but this engine should be more fuel-efficient. A 335-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 is still available should you think the Nautilus needs more thrust.
Lincoln has also added a few new technology and safety features to the Nautilus, such as a digital gauge cluster and automatic emergency evasive steering. The rest of the vehicle is pretty much unchanged, which is fine. Just like the MKX, it's quiet on the highway, the seats are comfortable and the suspension ably soaks up bumps and ruts. With seating for five, this new-ish Lincoln Nautilus should provide ample comfort and style for all of its occupants and serve as a viable alternative to other midsize luxury crossovers.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is available in four different trim levels: base, Select, Reserve and Black Label. Each comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 280 pound-feet) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Moving up through the trim levels unlocks certain option packages, more standard equipment, and different wheel and tire options. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
The base Nautilus comes standard with an impressive array of driver safety aids, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Inside the cabin are a digital gauge cluster display, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery. Also standard is keyless ignition and entry, an 8-inch central touchscreen with the Sync 3 interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 4G onboard Wi-Fi, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Moving up to the Select gets you LED headlights and foglights as well as the Lincoln Embrace II package, which includes, among other things, a special headlight start-up sequence and remote software update capability. There's also leather seating surfaces, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a standard Enhanced Security package, and auto-dimming exterior rearview mirrors.
The Select also unlocks the optional 2.7-liter V6 engine (335 hp, 380 lb-ft) and available adaptive suspension if you select the all-wheel-drive option. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, a tow package, a Climate package (a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats) and an optional Revel 13-speaker audio system. Twenty-inch wheels are also available.
You get even more standard and optional equipment with the Reserve. Standard are 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and the 13-speaker Revel audio system. Optional packages with this trim include a Driver Assistance package, with upgraded cruise control and adaptive steering with swerve assist; a Technology package, with a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors and an automated parking system; and the Ultimate package, with 21-inch wheels, upgraded LED headlights and a 19-speaker audio system. You can also get upgraded 22-way power front seats.
The top-of-the-line Black Label is similar to the Reserve, but it offers different paint and interior theme options. The Black Label also comes with what is effectively a personal concierge and vehicle maintenance service.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Nautilus safety features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Helps mitigate an accident by applying the brakes when a possible collision is expected.
- Blind Spot Detection
- Warns the driver with a flashing light or a beep when a vehicle has entered a blind spot.
- 360-Degree Camera
- Aids in visibility when the vehicle is in a tight spot or might need help identifying obstacles.
Lincoln Nautilus vs. the competition
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Cadillac XT5
Lincoln Nautilus vs. Cadillac XT5
The Cadillac XT5 is Lincoln's crosstown rival. The XT5 has striking styling and a solid V6 engine on offer. But that's the only engine available. Most competitors, including the Lincoln, offer two. We also prefer the Nautilus' infotainment system and superior outward visibility.
Lincoln Nautilus vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
The GLC is definitely the luxury leader in this segment. It succeeds by mixing the traditional luxury of supple leather and high-quality wood trim with cutting-edge technology. But the price can add up quickly, especially when you start to spec the GLC up to a similar level as the Lincoln.
Lincoln Nautilus vs. Infiniti QX50
The QX50 might be a relatively unknown choice in this segment, but that's not for a lack of refinement. The handsome exterior styling hides a revolutionary 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the interior can be had with some interesting color and material combinations. The Nautilus, however, offers a more powerful V6 engine and should be a smoother-driving vehicle overall.
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a five-passenger midsize luxury crossover that takes over for the MKX with a fresh exterior style. There's a good deal of standard equipment to start with. Each successive trim level unlocks various option packages, both technologically and luxury-oriented.
Four trim levels are available, starting at the Nautilus and moving up to the Select, the Reserve and then ending with the Black Label. There's a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and all-wheel drive is offered across all trims. The standard Nautilus gets off to a good start with adaptive cruise control, leather seats, 18-inch wheels, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both fully supported.
The Select and Reserve trims open up the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine option, moving the Nautilus into rarefied air in this segment since the engine is one of the most powerful available in the class. More luxurious features become either standard or are now optional, such as a 360-degree camera, a panoramic roof, ventilated seats and even more driver's aids. An adaptive suspension can also be picked up with the all-wheel-drive option. These trim levels are usually separated by about $4,500, keeping them competitive in the class.
The Black Label switches out the standard interiors of the previous three trims and replaces them with specially curated themes, combining exclusive leather colors and interior materials. There's also the Black Label-specific concierge services that range from restaurant listings to private pickup and delivery for maintenance calls to free detailing once a year.
The restyled Nautilus is Lincoln's welcome addition to a very competitive segment. It should give the competition a run for their money with a strong list of standard features as well as an optional, powerful turbocharged V6 engine. When you're ready to buy a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, use Edmunds' peerless shopping tools to help you find the perfect match.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Overview
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Reserve 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Select 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Black Label 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus?
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