Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

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DRIVING THE 2019 LINCOLN NAUTILUS

Our Nautilus came with the upgraded twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 (the MKX’ base engine was a 3.7-liter V-6, which was supplanted by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four), which develops 335 horsepower and a muscular 380 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired to a responsive eight-speed automatic and the result was an impressively fast SUV that will outdistance much of its competitors in passing and zero-to-60 runs [we achieved 6.0 seconds going from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) although our measurement was somewhat unscientific].

Once underway, ride comfort was exemplary, with a library quiet cabin and the ability to select from three driving modes – namely Comfort, Normal, and Sport – which alter the damping and the steering effort.

If you want the car to drive for you, the radar cruise control and lane-centering assist do a decent job of emulating a human driver, and the stop-and-go functionality of the cruise control was exemplary. The Nautlius also gets several other new useful driver-assistance technologies including evasive steering assist and post-collision braking and what’s become a fairly standard list of these technologies – blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking – are standard on all trim levels of the vehicle.

The driver is presented with Lincoln’s new standard digital gauge cluster, a 12.3” LCD display. The 8” central information display is in the center of the dash has crisp clear graphics and, most importantly, supports Apple CarPlay, which worked quite well in the vehicle (and, alas, we have run into vehicles where CarPlay integration does not work as well).

BOTTOM LINE

The 2019 Nautlius is not your father’s MKX. Indeed, it’s a strong indication of how Lincoln is reinvigorating the brand and moving the entire Lincoln ownership experience upscale. This combined with the smooth ride, responsive powertrain, and posh interior makes the Lincoln Nautilus something buyers in this category should have on their short list.

THE DETAILS

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition
Base price/price-as-tested $59,390/$70,010
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 2.7-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 335 / 380
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 4,305
Wheelbase (inches) 112.2
Length x width x height (inches) 190 x 76.1 x 66.2
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 6.0
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 19/26

 

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