Buyer's Guide

2021 Lincoln Nautilus
Select a Different Model (5 Available): Base AWD
Fuel Economy $ 20 / 25 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 37/69 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 250@5,500
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2021 Lincoln Nautilus MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Modern, updated interior
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Standard safety tech

Cons

  • Base engine's mediocre mpg
  • Could use an off-road mode
  • Higher trims get expensive

The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus' massive updates aren't immediately obvious, but they're significant. After a 2019 model year refresh, the five-seat midsize luxury SUV is back with a completely overhauled interior. Lincoln's compact Corsair, large Aviator, and enormous Navigator have impressed us—they're top-rated in their respective segments—but the Ford Edge-based Nautilus couldn't quite match their blend of style and dynamic excellence. With the 2021 Nautilus' updates, Lincoln is hoping the SUV can attract a few more customers away from the Lexus RX, Cadillac XT5, and Genesis GV80.

So How Big Is That New Screen?

The big news with the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is its new 13.2-inch screen. Placed at the top of the dashboard, the screen is actually the biggest display currently offered in any Lincoln. Thanks to that upgrade in size from the 2020 Nautilus' 8.0-inch screen, the 2021 model also gets updated infotainment and over-the-air updates via the Sync 4 system.

How Much Power Does the 2021 Nautilus Make?

What didn't change for 2021 are the Nautilus' engine options. A surprisingly peppy 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four with 280 lb-ft of torque is the base engine. Power-hungry buyers will want to upgrade to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6. As before, the six-cylinder powerplant is good for 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic.

What Else Is New?

Lincoln's piano-key shifter buttons now stretch across the center console below the screen. It's a classier Navigator-like look that appears to be an improvement from the outgoing SUV.

There are also two new interior colors called Sandstone (beige with dark accents) and Ebony Roast (black with dark wood accents). Three new exterior colors include Asher Gray, Green Gem, and Lincoln Flight Blue. The lower front fascia's design has been updated, too.

Safety

All 2021 Lincoln Nautilus SUVs get standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360 safety tech; available tech includes a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control (with stop-and-go functionality), lane centering, and Evasive Steering Assist. In NHTSA testing, the 2021 Nautilus performs well. The Lincoln earns a five-star rating overall, with five stars (out of a possible five stars) in front and side tests, with a four-star rating in the rollover evaluation.

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2021 LINCOLN NAUTILUS SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, SelectShift® 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (448)
Trim
Base AWD
Class
Premium Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
250@5,500
Standard MPG
20/25
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
70,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2021
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2021
$0 5.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2021
$1500 Lincoln announces a Lease Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2021
$750 Lincoln announces a College Student Purchase Program on select models. 01-03-2022
$500 Lincoln announces a Military Appreciation Bonus Cash on select models. 01-03-2022