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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Engine Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Power Equipment
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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

Display screen freezes up

"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

"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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"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)

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

"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)

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)

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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.

Climate System

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Body Integrity

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Jul 17 2020
An air bag that deploys inadvertently increases the risk of a crash. An air bag that does not deploy in the event of a crash increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company, Inc. (Ford) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019-2020 Nautilus vehicles equipped with 16-way electric tilt seats. The seat cushion frame edge may contact the wire harness when the seat occupant uses the tilt function of the seat, potentially damaging one or more wires within the harness, which can result in either inadvertent deployment of the air bag or nondeployment of the air bag in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install protective flocking tape onto the exposed edge of the 16-way seat cushion frames, and inspect the wire harness for damage, and repair or replace it as needed, free of charge. This recall began August 12, 2020. Owners may contact Ford/Lincoln customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S37.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V414000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19299
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Feb 11 2019
A blank instrument cluster will not show important information like vehicle speed, fuel or temperature level, or safety system warnings. Driving with an inoperative cluster can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. At vehicle start-up, the Instrument Panel Cluster Assembly (IPC) may not function, showing a blank display. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, "Controls and Displays."
What should you do:
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the Instrument Panel Cluster Assembly (IPC), free of charge. The recall began March 8, 2019. Owners may contact customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C03.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V076000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4212
LANE DEPARTURE: LANE KEEP: STEERING ASSIST
Jan 14 2019
If the system remains active despite the driver not having their hands on the wheel, the driver's inattention may increase the risk of crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles. The Lane Center Assist system may not adequately detect if a driver has their hands off the steering wheel for a prolonged period of time.
What should you do:
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module software, free of charge. The recall began on January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S02.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V031000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2276
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Nov 14 2018
If the air bag cover separates during deployment, it can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles that are not equipped with Adaptive Front Steering. The plastic cover on the driver frontal air bag module may detach during air bag deployment.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver air bag module, free of charge. The recall began December 7, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S38.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V806000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 268
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