Car Buying Strategies
Search Car Buying Strategies Makes & Models Select a Make and Model Makes & Models Select a Make and Model New Cars Prices Buying Advice
Home / Lincoln / 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Lincoln Nautilus Pros vs Cons

Why Buy a 2020 Lincoln Nautilus?
Reviewed & fact checked by
James Murdoch

Are You Considering a 2020 Lincoln Nautilus? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is a very appealing small luxury SUV. Not only is Lincoln a name that buyers know and trust, but the Nautilus is also full of cutting-edge technology, performance, and safety features. Compiling a list of advantages of this vehicle is quite easy, but looking a little deeper reveals a flaw or two as well. Are these flaws enough to push buyers toward the competition in 2020?

What's New for 2020?

This vehicle has an interesting history. It is technically in just its second year of existence, although it is strongly based on the Lincoln MKX. In 2020, drivers get four new paint options to consider. They are Silver Radiance, Red Carpet Metallic, Pristine White Metallic, and Artisan Blue. The previously available Select model level has been deleted entirely, reducing the number of trims to just three.

As for the remaining models, both the Reserve and Black Label trims come standard with a power liftgate. Starting this year, the Reserve trim is also eligible for the Co-Pilot Plus package that is found on the Black Label models. It adds adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, a surround view camera, and even a self-parking feature.

Ten Reasons You May Like the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus – The Pros

1. Long List of Standard Interior Features

Being a luxury vehicle, buyers will rightly expect many comfort and convenience features in their Nautilus. The entry-level model is loaded with a 10-speaker audio system, smartphone integration with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, simulated leather upholstery, and power-adjustable heated front seats. Safety aids include desirable features like lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision alert complete with automatic emergency braking. Going up trim levels unlocks features such as a sunroof, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and upgraded audio systems.

2. Capable Powertrain Options

There are two engines available for the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus, both of which offer drivers a thrill. Standard is a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder. This engine produces 250-horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. While this is the standard engine on all trim levels, the Reserve and Black Label have the option of upgrading to a 2.7L V6. With this, the Nautilus produces 335-horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine is available exclusively with all-wheel-drive.

3. Spacious and Comfortable Cabin

Riding in a Lincoln should be a luxurious experience. The 2020 Nautilus does not disappoint in this regard. It has plenty of room for seating five adults. All trim levels have plush seating surfaces. Optional on upper trims are Ultra Comfort front seats with Active Motion. These seats allow for a high level of movement so that everyone has plenty of room. They also have power thigh extenders and air cushions. Seven different air cushions offer a massage function, which can help reduce driver fatigue.

4. Smooth and Relaxing Ride

One of the hallmarks of a luxury vehicle is a smooth, enjoyable drive. The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus definitely checks this box. Both engines accelerate smoothly and the eight-speed automatic transmission is not prone to hard shifts. Plus, there is acoustic-laminate glass for both the first and second rows. This can greatly reduce the amount of traffic and other road noise that makes it inside the cabin. Active noise control is also standard, making it easy to relax inside of the Nautilus.

5. Performance Features that Make Life Easier

The Nautilus comes standard with electric power-assisted steering. This system detects the speed of the vehicle and makes changes accordingly. At lower speeds, this feature gives drivers a more fluid experience. The steering is firmer at highway speeds. Another standard feature is called auto hold. When the vehicle is brought to a complete stop with the brake pedal, drivers can let off of the pedal without fear of the vehicle rolling. This Nautilus will "hold' until the driver presses the accelerator. This can be particularly useful at long traffic lights.

6. Lincoln Way App

Drivers have the option of downloading the Lincoln Way app to access many features. It unlocks remote features for the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus, such as locking and unlocking the vehicle. With this app consumers can also do things like set up a parking reservation or schedule service for their vehicle. This app also grants access to the Lincoln Concierge service, which allows for roadside assistance requests. Those who have the Black Label trim can even arrange to have their Nautilus picked up and a loaner dropped off when it becomes time for service.

7. Available Enhanced Security Package

Buyers who live in high-theft areas will want to consider adding the Enhanced Security package. It includes an inclination motion sensor, which is intended to detect if someone is attempting to jack or tow the vehicle. Also included is an interior motion sensor that can alert drivers when someone is moving around in their Nautilus.

8. Auto-fold Sideview Mirrors

Every time a driver leaves and locks the doors of their 2020 Lincoln Nautilus it will automatically fold in the side mirrors. This is particularly useful for those who find themselves needing to park on the street. It can also help prevent dings and scrapes when in a parking lot. As soon as the driver enters the vehicle and closes the door the mirrors will fold back out.

9. All LED Exterior Lighting

It is easy to see and be seen when behind the wheel of the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus thanks to its full suite of LED lighting. This includes headlamps and signature lighting. Moving to the back, drivers will also find LED reverse and taillights. Optional on the Reserve trim level and standard on the Black Label are also dynamic-bending headlamps. These two trims also come with an automatic high beam feature.

10. Available Lincoln Black Label

Those who want the fanciest version of the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus possible will want the Black Label trim level. It gains standard driver aids like adaptive cruise control and enhanced park assist. Also standard here is a 19-speaker audio system. Additionally, there are interior color schemes that are exclusive to these models of the Nautilus. It also comes with exclusive member services, such as a premium maintenance plan.

Reasons You May Not Like the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus – The Cons

1. "Poor" Headlamp Score

Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus five-stars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety disagrees. They did not make the Nautilus a top safety pick as a result of a "poor" headlamp score. Considering these two trusted agencies seem to disagree, consumers may need to check out the headlamps in person. Going with a higher trim with more sophisticated headlamps is always an option as well.

2. 8-Inch Touchscreen Seems Small

For most vehicles, an 8-inch touchscreen is great. Inside a luxury SUV, however, drivers may feel a little cheated. Many rivals of the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus offer screens that are 12-inches or larger. That said, the 8-inch screen found in the Nautilus is easy to see and runs a very user-friendly infotainment system. Plus, all models come standard with a 12.3" digital-gauge display, so the Nautilus still manages to look very high-tech.

3. Interior Material Selection Questionable

Another area that the Nautilus is lacking in a bit for a luxury vehicle involves the quality of the interior. While the Reserve and Black Label trims have quite a bit of leather-wrapped surfaces, the entry-level model has a surprising amount of plastic. This problem is easily solved by choosing a higher trim level, however.

4. Handling is Underwhelming

Although the ride is nice, drivers may be a bit disappointed by the handling in certain situations. The steering can feel a bit vague at times. There are definitely more athletic options out there when it comes to handling, but they oftentimes sacrifice comfort. Ultimately, it depends on what type of experience the consumer is looking for.

How It Stacks Up to the Competition:

With the rising popularity of SUVs, there are currently many vehicles competing with the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus. One option consumers may consider is the Volvo XC60. This SUV has a fun design and a lot of nice features, but its V6 engine is no where as powerful as the one available for the Nautilus. Another potential choice is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, which has a lot going on for it as well. It does not offer as much cargo space as the Nautilus, however. The list of standard features for the GLC-Class is shorter as well. The Cadillac XT5 is another option, but it also has less cargo space than the Nautilus. It also comes with fewer standard driver assistance features. Finally, consumers may consider the Ford Edge, which is closely related to the Nautilus. While it costs quite a bit less, the Edge also offers fewer comfort and convenience features.


Anyone in the market for a smaller luxury SUV will be missing out if they do not consider the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus. It has the safety, tech, and performance features to give it an edge over its competition. Although the entry-level model may not have all of the luxury features some buyers are seeking, the Reserve and Black Label trims are fully-loaded with sophisticated touches. At the end of the day, the Nautilus is a smart buy in 2020.

Used 2020 Lincoln Nautilus:
Previous Lincoln Nautilus Buying Guides:

Why buy a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus? w/ pros vs cons