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2019 Lincoln Nautilus

$40,340 — $59,390 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
22-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • 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

The Bad

  • Interior quality lags behind other luxury SUVs
  • Center console-mounted push-button gear selector
  • Resembles Lincoln's smaller MKC SUV
2019 Lincoln Nautilus exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus
  • MKX SUV gets new name for 2019
  • Updated styling
  • Choice of two turbocharged engines
  • Eight-speed automatic, front- or all-wheel drive
  • New available safety features
  • Sync 3 multimedia system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

by Brian Wong -

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.

Related: New Name, New Price: Ex-MKX 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Starts at $41K

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

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lincoln

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Nautilus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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