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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus replaces the MKX in the company's lineup. It features updated interior styling, and it looks good inside. The cabin remains quiet even at highway speeds and incorporates plenty of high-quality materials. The seats are comfortable and spacious, and cargo space is decent for the class. A user-friendly infotainment system (albeit with a relatively small screen) headlines the long features list.

  • "Inside, the Nautilus is startlingly pretty and full of useful compartments. We drove a Black Label outfitted with the Gala theme interior package, which includes a saturated mix of leather and faux suede in shades of plummy black and wineglass-worthy deep red, all accented with a delicate plaid-patterned metal trim. It's breathtaking when you first open the door, and comfortable once you climb in." -- Edmunds
  • "Active noise cancellation, acoustic-laminated rear side windows and other insulators keep the interior quiet at highway speed and over rough surfaces." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "The cabin is super quiet and looks amazing with very comfortable heated and ventilated seats that also feature two-zone massaging." -- CNET

Seating

The all-new Nautilus seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. Leather upholstery, Venetian leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and 22-way power-adjustable multicontour massaging front seats are available. 

The front seats provide good comfort and support, even in the base trim. The fully upgraded front seats – with heating, ventilation, and massage functions – feel sublime. The rear seats are comfortable too, with enough space for adults.

Each of the outboard second-row seats has a full set of LATCH connectors, while the middle rear seat has an upper tether anchor.

  • "The front seats are fabulous, especially the Black Label trim my drive partner and I first sampled. … The optional Ultra Comfort 22-way power seats, with lumbar control and a massage feature are far more comfortable, and more premium in look and feel than anything from Cadillac." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and made even more so when equipped with the optional Ultra Comfort seats. … Of particular note, however, are the bolsters, which were snug yet comfortable." -- New York Daily News
  • "Where the 2019 Nautilus earns back some points is with its decently spacious rear seat and rear-seat backrest recline controls conveniently placed at the passenger's thigh-this isn't as universal a feature as you'd think. Neither is the Lincoln's helpful addition of rear-seat headrests that can fold down, increasing rear visibility, or the one-touch buttons in the cargo area that fold down the rear seats." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features in the Nautilus include dual-zone automatic climate control, MyKey, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging, and navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include automatic high beams, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of Lincoln's Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technology. Available active safety features include a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Some class rivals offer larger touch screens than the Nautilus' 8-inch setup, but few work better than its SYNC 3 system. The screen responds well to inputs and features intuitive menu layouts, making it easy to find and adjust settings. There are physical controls in addition to the touch screen, and the onboard navigation works great.

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  • "Sync is as good as ever here, featuring solid organization and quite good onboard navigation with voice control and traffic data. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity give customers alternatives, should they so desire, and baked-in integration with Amazon's Alexa service. …" -- CNET
  • The chief difference is the move to a digital gauge cluster, a 12.3-inch unit that is standard across the lineup. The second display, the touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, is only an 8.0-inch unit. That's small in this class, although its ease of use is commendable (typical of most current Ford products), as is that of the knobs and switches below." -- Car and Driver
  • Along with the attractive (and standard) digital instrument cluster, the Nautilus gets by with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that's too small for the class and mounted too low on the center stack for optimal visibility. Go for a fully loaded Nautilus Black Label and that 8.0-inch screen is still part of the package. At least the infotainment system is easy to use, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two features still unavailable at any price on the Lexus RX. The Nautilus also offers an integrated navigation system with pinch-to-zoom functionality for those times when your phone lacks reception." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The Nautilus provides 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 68.8 cubic feet with them folded. Those are typical capacities for the class. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard, and you get plenty of small-item storage space throughout the interior.

  • "The Nautilus has plenty of passenger room, storage bins and an exceptionally accommodating cargo compartment." -- The Detroit Free Press
  • "Cargo capacity is better than most. The interior has numerous cubbies and storage options, including a deep center console. A cubby with a USB port has a cover to secure items when parked." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "… this critic tossed his 2-year-old Jamis Coda Elite bicycle in the back, second row folded, to drive to a Monday evening Slow Roll Detroit, without having to remove the front wheel. That's the advantage of the mid-size MKX over the compact MKC: It will accommodate more equipment for sport of the non-automotive variety." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
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