2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the Nautilus.

Both the Macan and the Nautilus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.


The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Nautilus’ (12 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 9 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.


The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 13 more horsepower (348 vs. 335) than the Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (19.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Nautilus doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Nautilus doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Nautilus:


Macan S


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

The Macan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Nautilus are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the Macan has larger standard rear tires than the Nautilus (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Macan’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Nautilus (295/35R21 vs. 265/40R21).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nautilus’ standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Nautilus’ optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Nautilus’ (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).


The Macan is 5.1 inches shorter than the Nautilus, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Nautilus doesn’t offer active grille shutters.


The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Nautilus’ (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Nautilus. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Nautilus, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Nautilus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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