2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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$40,340–$59,390 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Ford's efforts to return its Lincoln division to luxury relevance have brought some interesting differentiators — from valet service appointments for all models to complimentary dining for some. One more could be nigh: real vehicle names, not the alphanumeric designations that plague most luxury brands. Witness the Nautilus, a mid-size SUV that will replace the MKX in spring 2018.

Rather than a full redesign, the five-seat Nautilus is a refresh on the current-gen MKX, which was only a few years old. But its new name — alongside the Navigator and Continental — means half the Lincoln lineup is abbreviation-free.

The Nautilus competes with mid-size luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX 350 and Cadillac XT5, though its pricing also overlaps smaller luxury players like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 - SUVs with which Lincoln's refreshed MKC might also compete.

Exterior
It took a keen eye to tell the MKC and MKX apart, but the MKC refresh brought a sliver of hope that Lincoln might differentiate the two SUVs a bit more. No such luck for the most part: The Nautilus trades the MKX's split-wing grille for the brand's new design, which now graces everything but the MKT.

The tail is thematically unchanged from that of the MKX, but the width-spanning taillights now have a lighter finish. Gone is the old MKX insignia, obviously, but "Nautilus" doesn't replace it. Instead, Lincoln prints the new nameplate on a c...

Vehicle Overview

Ford's efforts to return its Lincoln division to luxury relevance have brought some interesting differentiators — from valet service appointments for all models to complimentary dining for some. One more could be nigh: real vehicle names, not the alphanumeric designations that plague most luxury brands. Witness the Nautilus, a mid-size SUV that will replace the MKX in spring 2018.

Rather than a full redesign, the five-seat Nautilus is a refresh on the current-gen MKX, which was only a few years old. But its new name — alongside the Navigator and Continental — means half the Lincoln lineup is abbreviation-free.

The Nautilus competes with mid-size luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX 350 and Cadillac XT5, though its pricing also overlaps smaller luxury players like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 - SUVs with which Lincoln's refreshed MKC might also compete.

Exterior
It took a keen eye to tell the MKC and MKX apart, but the MKC refresh brought a sliver of hope that Lincoln might differentiate the two SUVs a bit more. No such luck for the most part: The Nautilus trades the MKX's split-wing grille for the brand's new design, which now graces everything but the MKT.

The tail is thematically unchanged from that of the MKX, but the width-spanning taillights now have a lighter finish. Gone is the old MKX insignia, obviously, but "Nautilus" doesn't replace it. Instead, Lincoln prints the new nameplate on a character-line decal below the side mirror.

Interior
The Nautilus gets a redesigned steering wheel with controls similar to those in the Continental, but other differences are slight. The dashboard's waterfall design carries over, with a prominent center console that stretches down from a central touchscreen with Ford's Sync 3 multimedia system.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while a 12.3-inch virtual gauge display has configurable information. Options include two Revel premium audio systems, a panoramic moonroof, and heated and cooled seats with 22-way adjustments.

Under the Hood
Gone is last year's standard V-6 — a 303-horsepower, 3.7-liter engine — replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 hp. A turbo 2.7-liter V-6, which makes 335 hp, remains optional. Both engines now pair with eight-speed automatic transmissions instead of last year's six-speed automatics. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional.

Safety
Available technologies include lane-centering steering, full-speed adaptive cruise control and an evasive steering assist system that can help the driver steer around an impending collision.


2019 Nautilus Video

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.

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lincoln

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement for up to $45 per day, fresh oil and filter at delivery and certificate for your first complimentary oil and filter change

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    6 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Comprehensive Limited Warranty from original in-service date. See dealer for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 200-point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker