The official safety rating review of the Lincoln Nautilus is excellent, with the NHTSA awarding it five stars in every category save for rollover crashes, which is common for high-riding SUVs. The IIHS report card is equally impressive, with Good in every category so long as the high-end LED headlights, with the base LED headlights still scoring Acceptable. The SUV even receives a Top Safety Pick award for 2003.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
A big part of this excellent rating is thanks to all the passive and active safety systems that come standard on the Nautilus. These include traction and stability control, ABS, and seven airbags: dual-front, driver knee, front side, and side curtain.
The Standard is equipped with a rearview camera, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning with dynamic brake support, blind-spot assist, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Pedestrian detection and the Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 system are also standard. These are improved upon in the Black Label, which adds forward and side parking sensors, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and a surround-view camera. These can be optioned onto the mid-range trim at an extra cost.
|Lincoln Nautilus Trims||Standard||Reserve||Black Label|
|Rear Parking Aid||S||S||N/A|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||S||S||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S|
In terms of reliability, the newest Lincoln Nautilus has a good track record. While 2020 and 2019 models were subjected to a few recalls, 2022 and 2021 models were recall-free. The 2023 Nautilus has been recalled once so far for insufficient welds on the child-seat tethers. The automaker seems to have ironed out most of the problems, underscored by an excellent JD Power Quality & Reliability rating of 88 out of 100.
Every new purchase is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, while the powertrain warranty is valid for six years/70,000 miles. Roadside assistance is provided for the same duration.