2019 Lincoln Nautilus
- New name is a big improvement
- New safety features, including evasive steering assist
- Giant panoramic moonroof
- Good room for backseat passengers
- Adaptive cruise control now works in stop-and-go traffic
- Sync 3 is fast and easy to use
- Interior quality lags behind other luxury SUVs
- Center console-mounted push-button gear selector
- Resembles Lincoln's smaller MKC SUV
MKX SUV gets new name for 2019
Choice of two turbocharged engines
Eight-speed automatic, front- or all-wheel drive
New available safety features
Sync 3 multimedia system
On the eve of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln debuted the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, formerly the Lincoln MKX. Watch the video for more.
For the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a new name is a chance at a new beginning, and the SUV-formerly-known-as-MKX gets enough new equipment to give the mid-size premium/luxury SUV a new lease on life. The Nautilus is the first Lincoln to ditch its old lettered name for a new, exploration-themed moniker. That's fine by me because it was hard to keep Lincoln's alphabet soup lineup of MKC, MKX, MKZ and MKT straight. Lincoln reps say that eventually all of the vehicles will ditch the lettering and get real words for names, but they weren't able (or willing) to disclose what those names would be just yet.
Aside from the name, changes include new styling, new powertrains and additional safety features to differentiate it from the MKX. I tested all of these updates in Santa Barbara, Calif., piloting the Nautilus through the country and along the coast at Lincoln's national media preview. (In accordance with our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its transportation to, and lodging at, such manufacturer-hosted events.)
The Nautilus ended up being one of the more uneven vehicles that I've tested, with its share of highs equally matched by some odd lows.
One Standout Powertrain
The powertrains are an example of this dichotomy. The Nautilus replaces the outgoing V-6 with a new base engine: a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 280 pounds-feet of torque. The optional ... Read More
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has not been tested.
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