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2020 Lincoln Nautilus Interior Review


Interior: 7.3

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus has a handsome, quiet interior. There are plenty of premium materials throughout the cabin, especially in the Black Label trim. Both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Cargo space is typical for the class.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "The cabin is super quiet and looks amazing with very comfortable heated and ventilated seats that also feature two-zone massaging." -- CNET (2019)


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

Both rows of seats have enough head- and legroom for adult passengers to ride comfortably. In all trim levels, the seats remain supportive on long drives, and the available multicontour seats – with their added adjustability and massage features – are amazing.

For securing child safety seats, each of the Nautilus’ rear outboard seats has a complete set of LATCH connectors. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from both sides.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Interior Features

Standard amenities in the Nautilus include dual-zone automatic climate control and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports.

Some reviewers note that the 8-inch touch screen is undersized among luxury vehicles. It's also a bit of work to reach the screen from the driver's seat. Beyond that, however, there's little to complain about regarding the SYNC 3 infotainment system. It's responsive and intuitive, and few other systems are as easy to use.

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 MyKey, 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 surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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  • In addition to the 12.3-inch digital gauge display, all Nautilus models come with a secondary, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment software is easy to use, but we'd appreciate a larger screen that's within better reach of the driver's seat." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2019)
  • 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." -- Motor Trend (2019)


The Nautilus provides 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 68.8 cubic feet with them folded down. Those are decent totals for a luxury midsize SUV, and there's ample small-item storage throughout the cabin as well. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Behind the Nautilus's rear seat is a vast cargo area that swallowed 12 carry-on suitcases in our testing—two more than the XT5 and three more than the RX350. Dropping the rear seat to its flat position—a process that's made simple due to handy levers in the cargo area that flop the seatbacks down—creates room for up to 27 suitcases." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Nautilus has plenty of passenger room, storage bins and an exceptionally accommodating cargo compartment." -- The Detroit Free Press (2019)
  • "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)
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