The Lincoln Nautilus is set to undergo a complete redesign for the 2024 model year – which includes a production shift from the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada to the Changan Ford Hangzhou Assembly plant in China. However, the outgoing model continues to earn its fair share of praise, including making the cut as one of Consumer Reports‘ recommended vehicles, as well as one of the top mid-size SUVs/crossovers in the premium segment of J.D. Power’s 2023 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Now, the Lincoln Nautilus has also been named as one of the most reliable three-year-old vehicles by Consumer Reports, a list that its platform mate – the Ford Edge – landed on last year.
As Consumer Reports points out, three-year-old vehicles are smart buys given the fact that they’ve already experienced a good deal of depreciation, yet are new enough that they still have plenty of standard safety and tech features. Additionally, most leases cover three years, meaning that many of this age are turn-ins that have low miles and are more likely to have been treated with care over that time span, too, with scheduled maintenance completed as prescribed, to boot.
In that regard, the Lincoln Nautilus made the cut thanks to its above average predicted reliability scores, which are based on feedback from Consumer Reports‘ owner surveys. The luxurious crossover also performed well in CR‘s road testing, and received a good overall owner satisfaction score as well.
Other than its stellar reliability, Consumer Reports praised the Lincoln Nautilus for its “effortless power,” solid fuel economy, agile handling, comfortable ride, quiet interior, and “swanky” cabin. Its only gripe is the model’s “unintuitive, fussy push-button selector,” in fact, which is undoubtedly impressive.