The Nautilus is Lincoln's new name for the SUV previously known as the MKX. Based on the Ford Edge, the Nautilus is one of the more pleasant models among luxury midsized SUVs.  With responsive handling, comfortable ride, effortless acceleration, a plush interior, and a suite of standard advanced technology, it's a formidable competitor that tends to fly under the radar.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Nautilus is Lincoln's new name for the SUV previously known as the MKX. Based on the Ford Edge, the Nautilus is one of the more pleasant models among luxury midsized SUVs. 

With responsive handling, comfortable ride, effortless acceleration, a plush interior, and a suite of standard advanced technology, it's a formidable competitor that tends to fly under the radar. With such an impressive road-test score, the Nautilus outguns a few popular luxury midsized SUVs, including the Lexus RX 350.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (335 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Lincoln Nautilus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Since day 1 of picking up this $70,000 vehicle, the transmission has been shifting roughly and erratically. It has been reprogrammed twice by the dealership, but it has not solved the issue. Without the multiple issues we've had with this vehicle, it would be one of the best cars we've ever owned."

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"It apparently is a known problem with the new series of transmissions. The 2-3 shift and downshift was really rough and often when putting into gear, both forward and reverse it would slam into gear with quite a jolt. A software update was performed the helped a lot but did not entirely fix the problems. Still get occasional slams and the 2-3 shifts aren't what I'd call Lincoln worthy."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"tremendous clunk shifting from reverse to drive"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"shift at times was rough and sometimes hard shifts. was repaired according to a service buttetin"

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"had to await updates from Lincoln. several times"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"When stopping and shifting into reverse the transmission shifts hard with a bang. The same thing occurs when stopped and shifting to drive. There is a bang and it lurches into drive. We took it to the dealership and they said they found nothing. It still does it."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Shifting between 3rd and 4th gear was quite abrupt and inconsistent. Lincoln dealer reprogrammed it twice before issue was resolved."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The car downshifts abruptly during normal acceleration and then quickly upshifts again. It also shift hard in 2nd gear"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"shift points were inconsistent. fixed with software update"

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Discussed above."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Much worse in Sport as compared to normal. When gently coming to a stop, the downshifts are very abrupt. The car is going to be looked at by Lincoln service this week."

David P., FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"At low speeds when first starting off the transmission will jerk when shifting to the next gear. This is an intermittent problem."

William S., FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Occasionally when shifting from drive to reverse, reverse to drive, there is a long delay and slipping or clicking, before moving."

Anonymous, MI (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Transmission computer

"For first six months it did not shift smoothly. After transmission computer was re-programed it worked fine."

Anonymous, SC (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Initially had rough down shifts especially in sport mode. Recall from factory made changes to the transmission (?computer) and now there is no longer a problem."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Screen would freeze until engine was restarted."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"The screen would not respond to touch, like selecting a XM channel or ending a phone call. It was brought to the dealership where supposedly it was fixed. After that, the screen acted very weird, traveling through navigation, accessing my phone to call someone and other erratic behavior. Also, I would lose all function of the screen and sound after ending a phone call. After several minutes the screen would unfreeze. A total of 3 drop offs for several weeks to the dealership finally fixed it. I have no idea what they did but it took a lot of time."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"THE WHOLE SYSTEM INTERMITTENTLY FREEZES UP INCLUDING ALL CONTROLS, KNOBS, BUTTONS ETC. LINCOLN HAS BEEN UNABLE TO RESOLVE TEH ISSUE."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The screen just goes wacko, and you can not use Navigation ,or any other features. I have brought the the car in while it was acting they where surprised ,the car was kept for several days for parts from Lincoln. And after 3 months last week it did again go. The dealer picked up the car and installed an update software. My problem is I would like to take this beautiful car on a trip but concerned with this issue."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen went blank along with all the things in dash board It would come back and dealer could not find the problem. Finally it went blank on I95 and went to dealer and did not shut down. they put test equipment and could not find problem. after having the car for 10 days Lincoln sent them a new screen and electronics for the dash board."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not blank just wacky."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Routine software updates

"With excellent connectivity, pressing the check for update on-screen button results in a symbol that probably means it is checking, but it never comes back with a message that says something like you are already up to date or your software was successfully updated or any message that gives you confidence that a check update process actually occurred."

William D., CA (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"After owning the vehicle for a few months, it started having a strong door of "rotten eggs". Lincoln/Ford seems to know about the issue, and could not repair it. The technicians could smell it but yet could not repair it. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Exhaust leaks

"AFTER HARD ACCELERATION, A ROTTEN EGG SMELL FILLED THE CABIN. LINCOLN TOOK THE BACK END OFF AND SEALED UP EVERY POSSIBLE ENTRY POINT. IT STILL DOES IT BUT IS MUCH LESS AND NOT AS DISTURBING."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Other/unsure

"It just came on then went off after entering and starting the car. Later that day it came on and stayed on .I called Lincoln and they were magnificent. They offered to pick up the car and leave me a free loaner, but I stopped by and they immediately took the car in and cleared the light via computer scan"

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Going north on the 405 freeway (San Fernando Valley, CA) , where the 405 intersects with the 101, cars ahead were halted and the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) slowed the car down as it should have. It should have then gracefully brought the car to a stop and waited for me to press the Resume button to continue on. However, the car suddenly jerked to a jarring stop, causing the car in back of me to slam on its brakes. Then, after that, the ACC became completely nonfunctional. I continued driving home, but stopped at the local Ford/Lincoln dealer in order to report and document what I considered a serious problem. When I arrived at the Ford/Lincoln dealer, the ACC was still disabled. Shutting the car completely off and then turning it back on (rebooting?) finally caused the ACC to begin working again. I insisted that the problem be documented and asked to have the car inspected. The dealer was courteous and cooperative and complied by picking up the car the following week and inspecting it before returning it to me. Nothing was found, but at least this event was documented. You are welcome to contact me if you want a copy of the documentation."

William D., CA (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Had a bad front shock and dealer replaced it"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"Many times the car as a vibration.It does not matter on road surface,speed,or weather."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

"Seats heat and cool turn on, and not able to turn off"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"The vehicle trim level came with 22 way power driver and passenger seats. The electric thigh bolster control on the passenger side never worked. The dealership indicates they will need the car for a day to diagnose the problem."

Dorothy C., CT (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"It takes a long time to cool/warm car as needed"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Climate control, for example, would adjust from 74 too 70 on a hot day. The cool air of 74 would jump to extreme heat. If you then adjusted to high heat temp the air either would come out still hot or a slightly cooler temperature. Lincoln dealership kept car for over a week. They have since hooked up a computer to monitor and send info back to Lincoln engineering due to it being a new car design (2019). It has been running correctly since then."

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started at 5000 miles. Could not find the actual problem so they just replaced the entire transmission"

Anonymous, (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Hard to replace oil pan"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"There was a rattle/rustling noise coming from the roof liner over the drivers head. Dealer said insulation was not properly installed which fixed problem until it got cold out. Second visit they said magnets were not properly aligned. Believe this was for the sun visors. After that, no more noises and vehicle is very solid and quiet."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Temperature sensor became wet and did not function properly."

Anonymous, SC (2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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