The Lincoln MKX was redesigned and renamed the Nautilus at the end of 2017, receiving a Continental-inspired front end, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster inside and several other features.
There’s no denying that it looks better than the MKX with that new grille, and that the cabin feels premium, for the most part. Occupants are surrounded by leather and wood trim, and have the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, at their disposal.
The front seats may look comfortable, but the truth is that they’re not. TheStraightPipes YouTube channel said they’re not as good as the ones in the more upmarketContinental and Navigator, although the massage function did earn them extra points if one can get used to its quirks.
There are several physical buttons that should help drivers keep their eyes on the road more, but some functions, such as the heated steering wheel, are accessible only via the infotainment system. Also, the 360-degree cameras are low-res, and that doesn’t do justice to a premium SUV.
While the overall quality of the interior is decent, space is pretty much identical to the Ford Edge. That’s no coincidence, as the two share the same platform and many more. Which, inevitably, leads to the question whether the Nautilus is worth the premium over the Edge. The Lincoln starts at just over $40,000, whereas the Ford costs a considerable $10,000 less.
The weird thing is that the two reviewers already have a favorite two-row SUV, and it doesn’t even come from a luxury brand. We’ll give you a hint: it’s not American and is even more affordable than the Edge.