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2022 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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2022 Lincoln Nautilus MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Modern, high-quality interior
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Many standard safety features


  • Pricey higher trims
  • Base engine's unimpressive efficiency
  • Could use an off-road mode

Say hello to the Nautilus, Lincoln's middle-tier SUV. Lincoln introduced the model as a replacement to the MKX for the 2019 model year and gave it a major interior refresh for 2021. Positioned above the Corsair but below the Aviator and Navigator, the Nautilus competes with other midsize luxury SUVs including the Genesis GV80, Lexus RX, and BMW X5.

What's New

  • Three new exterior colors: Bronze Smoke Metallic, Gilded Green Metallic, and Chroma Caviar (exclusive to Nautilus Black Label)
  • Five discontinued exterior colors: Artisan Blue, Green Gem, Iced Mocha, Red Carpet, and Chroma Elite Copper
  • One new interior theme: Black Label Flight
  • Premium package on base Nautilus adds 18-inch wheels, power tilt/telescope steering column, garage door opener, and integrated navigation
  • Luxury package on Nautilus Reserve adds hands-free power liftgate, phone-as-a-key capability, and 13-speaker Revel premium audio

What We Think

Even if it appears to lack the X factor that elevates the Aviator and Navigator to the top of their respective segments, the Nautilus is still an appealing, well-rounded SUV. Soft suspension irons out imperfections in broken pavement, and the surprisingly torquey base engine impresses.

Performance is even stronger with the available twin-turbo V-6 (which is nearly as efficient as the four-cylinder), but we've noticed some lag with the transmission paired to that powerplant. We could use more lateral support from the seats, too. 

Last year's interior update seriously modernizes Lincoln's midsizer. We appreciate the high-quality interior materials—this doesn't feel like just a leather-lined Ford—and the cabin hushes outside noise like a proper luxury vehicle. The biggest detriment to the Nautilus is pricing: Black Label variants can approach $70,000, and that has us wondering why buyers wouldn't opt for the superior Aviator.

Performance and Efficiency

Lincoln offers a pair of turbocharged engines under the hood of the midsize Nautilus. Both engines are paired with eight-speed automatics, and while the four-cylinder works with standard FWD and available AWD, the twin-turbo V-6 is AWD only. The base Nautilus is only offered with the turbo-four, Reserve models can be ordered with either engine, and the Black Label is exclusively available with the V-6.

Lincoln Nautilus, Nautilus Reserve

  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • Horsepower/Torque: 250 hp/280 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 20-21/25-26 mpg*
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.3 seconds

Lincoln Nautilus Reserve, Nautilus Black Label

  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Engine: 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 335 hp/380 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19/25 mpg*
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.7 seconds

*2021 EPA figures

Safety Ratings and Features

The Nautilus delivers a strong performance in IIHS crashworthiness testing—Good ratings in all six tests—but all three of its headlight options receive the lowest possible rating of Poor due to excessive glare. That said, Lincoln's middle-child SUV earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA with five-star frontal and side crash scores and a four-star rollover rating with 15.5-percent rollover risk. 

Thankfully, every Nautilus features the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 collection of driver assist features as standard. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included. The Co-Pilot360 Plus suite included on the Nautilus Reserve I and Black Label adds stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with lane following. 

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Looking at the Nautilus alongside one of its close competitors, the BMW X5, the Lincoln has plenty of space inside. The Nautilus has slightly less maximum cargo room but more space behind the rear seats. In terms of legroom, the Lincoln has noticeably more space in both rows of seating.

Cargo space (behind first/second rows):

  • 2022 Lincoln Nautilus: 68.8/37.2 cubic feet
  • 2022 BMW X5: 72.3/33.9 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 Lincoln Nautilus: 42.8/39.6 inches
  • 2022 BMW X5: 39.8/37.4 inches


The Nautilus got a massive interior upgrade last year, headlined by an enormous 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display in place of the old 8.0-inch unit. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and the system is capable of over-the-air updates. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also included on all models.

Lincoln Nautilus vs. Lincoln Corsair

Although they're both five-seat luxury SUVs, there are notable differences between the Nautilus and its little sibling. First off, while these SUVs share the same 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine, the Corsair's upgrade is a 295-hp turbocharged four-cylinder while top-trim Nautilus variants get a 335-hp twin-turbo V-6. Unlike the Corsair, the Nautilus is not available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Inside, the Nautilus gets a standard 13.2-inch infotainment system in place of the Corsair's 8.0-inch unit. Legroom is relatively similar, but the Nautilus has a distinct advantage in terms of cargo volume—68.8/37.2 cubic feet behind the first/second rows compared to 57.6/27.6 cubes in the Corsair.

Recommended Trim

The Nautilus Reserve seems to us like a nice mid-tier trim for the Nautilus. This trim adds key features such as a panoramic glass roof, adaptive headlights, and integrated navigation. We've found the base engine surprisingly adept at motivating this midsize SUV, so no need to opt for the V-6 (which adds a little over $2,500 to the price). That said, for those with extra cash to spend, the Black Label is a proper expression of American luxury, and the twin-turbo V-6 doesn't come with much of a fuel economy penalty.

Other Midsize Luxury SUVs:

Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
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Transmission, SelectShift® 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (448)
Base AWD
Premium Mid-Size Utility
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Unleaded Regular
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$750 Lincoln announces a College Student Purchase Program on select models. 01-03-2022
$1000 Lincoln announces a Conquest Program that is good towards a purchase on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$500 Lincoln announces a Military Appreciation Bonus Cash on select models. 01-03-2022
$2400 Lincoln announces an Early Bird early lease trade in program that covers the last three remaining payments on eligible returning RCL customers and the customer purchases or leases a new and unused vehicle financed through Ford Credit. 01-03-2022
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Lincoln announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$600 Lincoln announces a RCL Customer Cash offer on select models. 01-03-2022