2020 Lincoln Nautilus Review; price, performance, features

The standard trim level starts at $42,035, then you have the Reserve with a starting price of $49,495, and lastly the Black Label all-wheel drive starting at $64,795. The first two trims are front-wheel drive, but you can add all-wheel drive by paying an extra $2,495.

Regardless of trim level that you go with, the powerplant will be the same with the exception of one additional optional engine setup. But when it comes to the standard engine setup, powering this little beast is going to be a 2-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, putting out 245 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 275 pound feet of torque available at 3,000 rpm.


Power is sent to the front wheels or all wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. One thing that Lincoln does with their 8-speed automatic is a little bit different than a lot of other manufacturers, as far as the gear selection goes. There’s actually buttons just to the left of the infotainment screen, so if you were to put it in drive, simply just press the D button.

For fuel economy, it does 21 mpg in the city and 26 on highway for the front-wheel drive, 20 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway for the all-wheel drive.

The other engine set-up, the more potent engine set up so to speak, is going to be a 2.7 liter twin turbocharged V6 putting out 335 horsepower 380 pound-feet of torque, sent to front wheels or all wheels through an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. It accelerates from naught to sixty miles an hour in approximately six seconds flat. MPG numbers on that one come in 18 in the city 25 on the highway.

There are front and rear ventilated disc brakes. There is a sport mode that boosts the performance. There are also some drive modes that adjusts suspension that can be found on the Reserve and Black Label trim levels, and essentially what its going to do is adjust the damping system. So it’s going to monitor each shock absorber individually.

Lincoln Navigator has very little cabin noise, both windshield and front side glass are acoustic laminated glass, so that is going to soak up a lot of the exterior road noises, giving you a very quiet cabin.

You can get additional rain-sensing windshield wiper option for $785 if you wanted to go that route, it’s kind of like automatic headlights, they’re going to come on automatically for you when the Nautilus detects rain or even a drizzle.


It has LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED signature lighting will come standard, so it looks pretty impressive at night. They will also come with the automatic feature, meaning when it starts to get dark, the lights turn on automatically for you. If you were to go with the Black Label, then you get multi projector headlamps with dynamic bending, meaning those headlights will swivel based on your steering angle at night, better illuminating what’s around the corner, so you don’t hit any deer or anything else.

Chrome window surrounds will come standard on every single trim level. There are some chrome inserts on the door handles and also on the side skirts down below which definitely gives it more of a high-end look.

It has power folding heated side mirrors with LED integrated turn signals with memory feature, so they always go back to right where you set it previously.

The wheel setup is 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels that come with the standard, 20 inch aluminum alloy wheels with the Reserve and 21 inch aluminum alloy wheels with the Black Label. You also get rear spoiler with an integrated brake light for every single trim level.

Its cargo capacity is 37.2 cubic feet, for reference Lexus RX comes in to 18.9 cubic feet behind second row, BMW X5 has 34 cubic feet, so that is why Ford claims the Lincoln Nautilus has the best-in-class cargo capacity behind second row.

The rear legroom is 39.6 inches which is more than you get with BMW X5 or the Mercedes GLC-Class. The second row passengers also get heated second row seats if you choose the Reserve trim level or the Black Label. The rear seat entertainment system is available for an additional $2,000.

The front seats are heated and 10 way power adjustable that come standard on every single trim level. Ventilated front seats will come with the Reserve and Black Label trim levels. There’s slightly different leather setups depending upon your trim level. There’s a $1500 seating option that gives you 22 way power adjustable front seats, which should be more than enough as far as finding your perfect driving position.

The steering wheel is tilt and telescoping and is manually adjustable for the standard version, power adjustable with heating for Reserve and Black Label and is leather wrapped for all trims.

There is wireless phone charger in the cubby area directly in front of the cupholders. A universal garage door opener can be found again on all trim levels but the standard. And depending on the setup that you go with there are authentic wood trims available, including ash wood and walnut wood, so that is definitely more high end. There is dual zone climate control that comes standard.

Lincoln Nautilus comes with 8 inch color touchscreen display as standard on all trim levels with Bluetooth and audio streaming, as well as Android Auto and Apple Carplay, meaning if you have a smartphone and simply hook it up through USB port, you get free navigation through your smartphone.

It comes an 11 speaker sound system with a subwoofer on standard trim level, then there’s a 13 speaker sound system for the Reserve, and 19 speakers for the Black Label.

Contact the author: carolray@wheelsjoint.com


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