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2021 Lincoln Nautilus Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: September 9, 2020
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An unique American flavor along with staggering power and plenty of luxury elements defines the new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV. The midsize luxury SUV keeps the vintage legacy of Lincoln intact. Compelling exterior design with spacious and opulent interior space takes the new Nautilus to the top charts in the states. With respect to the previous year model, there are not many notable changes. 

The newly launched Lincoln Nautilus shares similar exterior, interior, as well as performance underpinnings from the outgoing 2020 model. Options for bigger alloy wheels, tech features inside, and the audio system give the new Nautilus an edge among competitors which include the likes of Lexus RX, the Volvo XC60 and Infiniti QX60. Here’s our take on the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus that is soon going to be on sale in the market.

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Pros

Plush and spacious cabin

Terrific ride quality

Feature rich infotainment

Loaded Infotainment

Smart design

Cons

Weak engine performance

Delayed Transmission

What's New?

The Lincoln Nautilus will remain totally unchanged for the 2021 model. Lincoln has, however, announced that a unique and one of its kind Lincoln Monochromatic Package will add up to its entire SUV lineup and the Nautilus is no exception.

One can now choose among Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, Infinite Black, and Asher Grey colors for the first time.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Review video
2021 Lincoln Nautilus In-Dash Clock video
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior video

Styles

2021 Lincoln Nautilus in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color
Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

8.4

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lincoln Nautilus Standard

Standard

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$41,040 - $43,535


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,040 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,535 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve

Reserve

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$48,500 - $53,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $48,500 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,995 MSRP (21/23/26) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $53,495 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.7L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label

Black Label

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$63,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $63,800 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.7L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus trims comprises of three tidy options starting with the entry-level Standard model priced at around $43,000, the mid-end Reserve trim is well-equipped with a wide variety of features, and the top-end Black Label model which gets exclusive features and latest tech tagged at around $65,000.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Front View
2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.4/10
Interior

 
 
 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Features

8.0/10

The latest 2021 line-up of the Nautilus SUV is equipped with an abundance of standard features and the latest infotainment setup. The three trim options give customers a wide range of features to choose from. It starts with the base Standard model, well-equipped Reserve model, and fully-loaded Black label trim with more power and more luxury inside. 

The entry-level trim is equipped with a standard 2.0 Liter Turbocharged four-cylinder engine hooked with an eight-speed Automatic, sensational performance and high agility is delivered. An optional 2.7 L V6 engine gives the extra adrenaline rush with the brisk accelerating ability and on-demand power. For the 2021 Nautilus, the same foundation is shared from the 2020 model.

Model

Standard

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP

$42,035

$49,495

$64,795

Key Features

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4 engine

Rain-sensing wipers

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Advanced safety features and Driver aids

13-speaker Revel audio system

360-degree exterior camera system

 

18-inch alloy wheels

In-dash Navigation

Steering assist with self-parking feature

 

Panoramic Sunroof

Power-adjustable steering column

Power Liftgate

 

Latest infotainment setup with premium audio system

20-inch rollers

Panoramic Sunroof

 

 

Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package

Heated and Cooled front seats

Exceptional features and unique design statements give the Nautilus a lot of attention. With the powerful 2.0 Liter inline-4 with an option for a bigger 2.7 Liter V6 engine underneath, athletic handling skills, lots of tech features inside, and the latest connectivity options, the new Nautilus is one of the top luxury midsize SUVs in the states.

The entry level Standard Trim comes with driver aids and safety features, along with a list of unmatched comfort features and exterior features. Notable features on the exterior include 18-inch alloy wheels, Panoramic Sunroof, upgraded Infotainment setup with a premium audio setup.

The mid trim Reserve trim touches a good amount of comfort features like the 13-speaker Revel audio system, Power-adjustable steering column and Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package, etc features. 

The Black Label trim equips the most advanced amenities such as Heated and Cooled front seats, 360-degree exterior camera system, Panoramic Sunroof, and Steering assist with self-parking feature to name a few.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Lincoln has earned high respect for its old-school American vintage style and top-class quality offerings. The attention to detail given to each model in the Lincoln foster is quite impressive. The midsize luxury SUV has gained popularity over the years with high-performance deliverance, easy handling, loads of tech features, and refreshed with new color options. Utmost reliability and quality ride are offered by the usage of robust material for the body and refined selection for the cabin.

JD Power has rated the 2020 Nautilus an overall 82 out of 100 which is considered above average. On the quality and reliability front, it received a score of 83 out of 100 which is the best in its class. Maintenance costs for the Nautilus are minimum and hassle-free with the huge chain of service centers. The car is expected to get infrequent repairs and deliver optimum performance for a long time. No recalls have been issued to its name for the 2020 model year.

5 year Ownership and Maintenance costs

With three exciting trims, the price starts at around $42,000 for the Standard trim. Additional packages can also be availed to bump-up features and drive options. Regions including Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes. In terms of ownership costs, the luxury SUV will need you to splurge around $43,000 in 5 years for the base trim and $65,000 for the Black label edition.

We will update the 5 year ownership costs table for depicting close estimates of the overall costs incurred during a period of 5 years once available. Which includes a supervised cost tally of variable factors, including Taxes and Fees, Depreciation, Maintenance expense, Repairs and other costs associated with the ownership of any variable.

Warranty

Lincoln offers a competitive warranty with the new 2021 Nautilus SUV. A standard limited time warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles is offered. With the highly robust and efficient powertrain, the car is designed to deliver for a long time. 

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

6 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary scheduled maintenance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

A complimentary scheduled service for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles is covered for hassle-free service and true value for money.

Miles per Dollar

Along with high-speed abilities and breath-taking acceleration abilities, the car delivers combined fuel efficiency of around 23 MPG. So it should equate to about 9 miles per dollar considering a gallon stands at 2.5USD.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Buying Advice

If you are looking for a luxury SUV and want the practicality of a compact wagon, the new Lincoln Nautilus can be an intelligent choice. With stunning performance numbers, modern exterior design with a vintage pinch, distinguished interior space with loads of tech-savvy features and advanced safety features and driver aids, the new Nautilus line-up offers true value for money with the affordable base trim itself.

The car has been in the top 10 of midsize Luxury SUV in the states with constant improvements and refreshing color palette every year. Additional packages like the Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus offer a wide range of driver aids and performance improvements. Bigger V6 engine option fulfills the high-performance requirements and the latest tech amenities get the modern vibes on point.

Is buying a used Lincoln Nautilus SUV a good idea?

Are you planning to buy a used Lincoln Nautilus? We can help you. The Nautilus has remained unchanged for a long time with similar powertrain configuration. The exterior design remains intact with new color options. Interior space also features the same layout with largely similar features. Few connectivity tweaks and a smoother interface can be expected from the newer models. But, apart from that, the underpinnings remain similar. A used Nautilus can sure save a lot of money and is totally worth it with the robust powertrain inside.

The midsize luxury SUV depreciates around 10% for the first year and is estimated to deliver a total fitness life of 10+ years. Refined performance with long term warranty period reassures the high quality and reliability of the car.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The latest 2021 model packs a 2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4 hooked with a highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission as a standard. The duo churns around 250 horses and 280 twisties. For the power-thirsty customers, the Nautilus also offers an optional 2.7 Turbo V6 engine which makes around 335 hp. For a more efficient drive, you can switch to an optional AWD system.

High agility and stability of the car improve cornering as well as high-speed performance.

Models

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV (expected)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Infiniti QX60

MSRP

$42,035

$44,150

$40,150

$44,350

Engine

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4

3.5 Liter V6

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4

3.5 Liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

CVT

Power

250hp @5500rpm

295hp @6300rpm

250hp @5500rpm

295hp @6000rpm

Torque

280lb-ft @3000rpm

267lb-ft @4700rpm

258lb-ft @1500rpm

270lb-ft @4800rpm

The above table clearly shows the incredible performance numbers delivered by the standard 2.0 Liter Engine. Want to get more power? Then switch to the optional 2.7 Liter V6 which makes more than 330 horses. Competitors including Lexus RX and Infiniti QX60 also deliver staggering performance numbers and bigger engines.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Acceleration and Braking Performance

The new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will house a 2.0 Liter Turbo inline-4 with an option for a bigger 2.7 Liter V6, to obtain power on-demand. The car sprints a 0-60 mph in about 6.8 seconds and covers a quarter-mile drag under 15.3 seconds. Braking performance plays an equal role as accelerating abilities and the new Nautilus takes care of high-performance brake fittings. With 4-wheel Disc brakes and ABS control with EBD, optimum braking is delivered by the car.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 6.8 sec

Complete control is kept intact at all road conditions. Moreover, the dynamic body design of the car improves high-speed stability.

Models

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV (expected)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Infiniti QX60

0-60 MPH

6.8 secs

6.9 secs

5.4 secs

7.6 secs

Quarter Mile

15.3 secs

15.1 secs

14 secs

15.9 secs

Top Speed

NA

124 MPH

112 MPH

142 MPH

60-0 MPH

NA

127ft

106 ft

121 ft

Among the Competitors , the Volvo XC60 shows the best-in-class acceleration with a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. Infiniti QX60 also delivers decent acceleration abilities and braking performance.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Fuel Economy

The combined mileage delivered by the new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is estimated at 23 MPG. An above-average tank size boosts the range of the SUV, making it an ideal choice for a long weekend getaway drive.

Model

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV (expected)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Infiniti QX60

MPG (City)

21

20

22

20

MPG (Highway)

26

27

29

27

MPG (Combined)

23

23

24

22

Fuel Capacity

18.4 gallons

19.2 gallons

18.5 gallons

19.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

386.4/478.4/423.2 miles

384/518.4/441.6 miles

407/536.5/444 miles

390/526.5/429 miles

2021 Lincoln Nautilus delivers one of the best-in-segment fuel economies with the best city mileage. A slightly smaller tank hinders the range of the car when compared to rivals. The Volvo XC60 delivers the best-in-class mileage and the Infiniti QX60 features the largest tank.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Interior

8.4/10

The interior of the midsize luxury SUV is packed with excitement. Starting with the plush seating arrangement wrapped in leather upholstery, extended supports, power-adjustable seats, and ample space for both front and rear passengers. The dashboard design is electric with a futuristic approach and loads of digital features. The second-seating gets 40/60 split which can further boost cargo space. Material selection and craftsmanship are commendable in the new 2021 Nautilus.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Cockpit Area

The package also gets tech-savvy features and the latest connectivity options for hassle-free media streaming. Multiple small-item storage spaces improve accessibility and keep you organized.

Model

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV (expected)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Infiniti QX60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/58.9/44.1

39.4/57.4/44.1

38/58.2/41.5

40.7/60.3/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/59/39.6

39.1/57.6/38

38/56.3/38

38.2/60.4/41.7

One of the most spacious cabins is offered by the new Nautilus with a seating capacity of five. Competitors like the Infiniti QX60 features the best-in-class shoulder room and legroom while Lexus RX also showcases a spacious and comfortable cabin.

How’s the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Infotainment system?

The latest edition of the Nautilus features a plethora of infotainment options and upscale features. The latest connectivity further makes media streaming hassle-free and faster. For starters, the car gets the Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package which holds a range of smart features. The user interface has been updated with a more responsive 8-inch touchscreen display. Music lovers are well answered with the 13-speaker premium audio system and subwoofers.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Infotainment System

A digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster makes your drive more engaging.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Interior Image
2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Interior Image
2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Interior Image
2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Interior Image
2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Interior Image

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Exterior

The exterior design of the new Nautilus SUV keeps the vintage American design intact along with a futuristic approach with LED headlights, massive alloy wheels, new front and rear bumpers, bolder front grille with chrome finishing, a power liftgate, and a lot more.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Third Quatar View

A similar design statement is witnessed from the 2021 model with refreshing color options. Dynamic body design provides a great aerodynamic advantage and high agility around corners.

Model

2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV (expected)

2020 Lexus RX

2020 Volvo XC60

2020 Infiniti QX60

Curb Weight

4142 lbs

4222 lbs

4493 lbs

4390 lbs

Length

190”

192.5”

184.6”

200.1”

Width

76.1”

74.6”

74.9”

77.2”

Height

66.2”

67.7”

65.3”

68.6”

Ground Clearance

7.9”

7.6”

8.2”

6.5”

Wheelbase

112.2”

109.8”

112.8”

114.2”

A well-crafted design is showcased by the new Lincoln Nautilus with a lengthy body structure, wider wheelbase, and ample ground clearance. The Infiniti QX60 features the biggest dimensions but lacks ground clearance. Design of the Volvo XC60 also showcases a similar statement as the Nautilus with slightly better ground clearance.

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2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUV
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2021 Lincoln Nautilus Safety

A wide range of advanced safety features and driver aids are offered in the latest 2021 package. With the Lincoln’s Co-Pilot Plus package offering adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature, 360-degree exterior camera system, evasive steering assistance, and self-parking feature which is very convenient. Moreover, standard features like Automated Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist with a departure warning system, ABS control, and a lot more are added in the latest Nautilus SUV.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lincoln Nautilus vs Volvo XC60

Performance-wise, the new Nautilus and XC60 show incredible performance numbers. The Nautilus gets more power deliverance with the bigger sized engine. Accelerating abilities of both cars are impressive with the XC60 delivering a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds. The exterior design of the Nautilus is more intriguing. Interior amenities and safety features of the Volvo XC60 gets uncanny attention and is the best-in-class.

Volvo XC90

2021 Lincoln Nautilus vs Infiniti QX60

The new Infiniti QX60 features the best-in-class performance stats with a bigger and more powerful engine. Though, the optional 2.7 Liter V6 in the Nautilus delivers more power than the standard QX60. The exterior body structure of the QX60 is the largest in the segment. The interior features of both cars are equally compelling with plush seating and ample space.

Infiniti QX60  

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Final Verdict

The latest launch of the Lincoln Nautilus gets similar underpinnings from the previous year with a new color palette as a refresh. The midsize luxury sedan sits on the sweet spot among performance, practicality, handling, luxury, and modern tech features. Advanced safety features and driver aids under the Lincoln Co-Pilot Plus package ensures hassle-free and comfortable driving. Overall, you can expect a wholesome package with a true value for money in the 2021 Nautilus.

Used Lincoln Nautilus for Sale


Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Lincoln Nautilus 220 Great Deals Out of 4096 $35,995 4096 Listings
2019 Lincoln Nautilus 99 Great Deals Out of 869 $28,851 869 Listings
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