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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Overview

First introduced in 2019, the Lincoln Nautilus replaced the midsize MKX crossover. The Nautilus, which goes into its second year without any changes, faces a tough battle against luxury midsize and 2-row crossovers such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Cadillac XT5.

The exterior design of the Nautilus makes it stand out with an elegant profile accentuated by slim lighting and sweeping lines. The top-end Black Label features a 21-inch wheel design that’s truly luxurious.

The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, good for 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque is available. Both come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. All four trims also offer standard front-wheel drive (FWD) and optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The highest EPA ratings are about in line with class expectations, coming in at 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined.

Several trim levels are available: Base, Reserve, and Black Label. While the overall design is pleasant, the lower trim levels cut corners with some lower-grade materials. Reserve adds leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Black Label provides upgraded leather upholstery and exclusive trims and colors.

Lincoln uses Ford’s popular SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is one of the easiest to learn and use on the market. An 8-inch touchscreen display comes standard along with an 11-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a WiFi hot spot. The Reserve trim adds navigation, wireless device charging, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, and HD Radio. The top-end Black Label gets a 19-speaker Revel system.

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus received a 5-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Add the Driver Assistance package for adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist.

The Nautilus is worth a look if you’re shopping in this class. Lincoln is on a bold path forward, and it’s worth watching to see what happens.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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