2019 Lincoln Nautilus/Lincoln MKX: Review

The MKX was Lincoln’s hottest-selling model in 2017. However, its sales trailed off a bit in 2018 as it finished second behind the MKC in brand popularity. Looking to change that, Lincoln unveiled the Nautilus for 2019.

Much more than just a renamed MKX, the all-new Lincoln Nautilus features a refined European-like exterior, new and improved engines options, hot new features, and a roomy, thoughtful interior with all of the latest bells and whistles.

Basic Overview

This five-passenger, four-door mid-sized crossover features front- or all-wheel drive. Engine options include a 2.0L 16-valve or 2.7L 24-valve one. Gas mileage is 21 for city driving and 25 on the highway for the 2L engine and 18 city/27 highway for the 2L option. Transmission is 8-speed automatic, but don’t worry: those who enjoy manual have an optional manual shifting mode. Even better, this vehicle can go from 0-60 in about 7 seconds!

Specs at a Glance

Engine

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-4
  • win-turbocharged 2.7-liter 24-valve V-6

Transmission

  • Eight-speed automatic with optional manual shifting mode

Fuel Economy

  • 21 city/25 highway (2.0-liter)
  • 18 city/27 highway (2.7-liter)

Curb Weight

  • 4,150-4,450 pounds

Dimensions

  • 190 x 78 x 66 inches

Passenger Volume

  • 111 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

  • 37 cubic feet

Top Speed

  • 125 mph

0-60 Time

  • 5.9-8.1 seconds

Exterior

This crossover sports the same attractive grille as the Navigator and now aligns with the new signature aesthetic Lincoln is going for. The rest of the exterior is refreshed as well, providing a touch of European styling and a modern, cohesive, and undeniably handsome look.

In fact, the entire front fascia is restyled with a new hood, front fenders, and new headlamps. The rear bumper and lighting system are also redone. It even lights up and greets drivers when they approach the vehicle. If these exterior changes weren’t enough, new turbine-style wheels featured on the larger Navigator are also available, culminating in a sleek, modern look that’s hard to dislike. Those looking for an attractive vehicle will find one here.

Interior

Passengers will find the interior of the Nautilus spacious and inviting with thoughtful amenities and ample storage opportunities. Both the driver and front passenger seats generously offer 22 power adjustment settings as well as luxury cooling, heating, and massage features. Although they take a while to adjust, they provide an immensely comfortable ride when fine-tuned.

Rear passengers will find themselves equally comfortable in the Nautilus. Not only is there plenty of head room, but sculpted front seats provide more than enough knee and toe room for everyone, including those in the middle. Of course, there are also rear air vents to keep everyone comfortable any time of year.

That being said, the digital primary instrument panel can take some getting used to. While it looks great, it’s apparent Lincoln opted for high-tech looks over functionality and ease of use.

Behind the second-row seats, there is a deep and wide carpeted cargo area capable of holding plenty of luggage for four or more people. If people need more room, the second-row seats fold down with the press of a button. Like most new models, the area is easily accessible via a power-operated tailgate.

All in all, although the technology panel will take a minor adjustment period, the interior is certainly luxurious and comfortable.

Performance

Lincoln has admitted the new Nautilus has put on a few pounds since its transformation from the MKX. Most of this added weight comes from its heftier gearbox.

While there is still a slight delay when mashing the throttle as turbo boost builds, the new four-cylinder engine pulls quite a bit better than the MKX’s discontinued 3.7-liter V6. With smooth shifts and decent acceleration, getting up to highway speeds and passing is definitely not a problem.

The new six-cylinder option pulls even better, but neither version will ever be classified as “whiplash inducing” from an acceleration standpoint. This is partly due to the Nautilus’ added weight.

Nonetheless, the Nautilus is all about luxury. It glides down the road on smooth surfaces and its acoustic glass drowns out exterior noise from the wind, tires, and so on. Not surprisingly, the ride deteriorates on rougher surfaces, but its adaptive dampers with Normal, Comfort, and Sport settings helps minimize harshness.

Unique Features

The Nautilus comes with Lincoln’s standard Co-Pilot 360 technology, offering drivers an array of advanced driver-assist features, such as automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, a blind spot information system, evasive steer assist, and a unique lane keeping system that helps drivers stay in the middle of their respective lanes.

Owners also receive access to a range of luxury services, including concierge pickup and delivery service for all scheduled maintenance services. The “Lincoln Way” mobile app is also available, allowing owners to remotely lock, locate, unlock, and start these vehicles.

It’s worth noting, though, that these features are becoming less and less unique in the luxury car segment. However, this brand’s dynamic app allows owners to monitor tire pressure and fuel levels as well, which are unique right now. Users can even use the app to pay for services and make their vehicle payments for maximum convenience.

Pricing

The newly released 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has a base price of $41,335 and maxes out at just shy of $58,000 for the upgraded Black Label trim.

A Competitive Upgrade

With a stylish design, smooth driving, and decent gas mileage, this 2019 upgrade brings competitive features to the market.

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