2019 Volvo XC90 vs. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Nautilus doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln Nautilus has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XC90 and Nautilus have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC90 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Nautilus’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its direct attachment to the seat. Lincoln doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Nautilus. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Nautilus’ airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XC90 and the Nautilus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

The Volvo XC90 weighs 433 to 926 pounds more than the Lincoln Nautilus. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Nautilus has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Nautilus’ (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Nautilus.

Engine

The XC90 has more powerful engines than the Nautilus:

 

Horsepower

Torque

XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder AWD (59 city/56 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder AWD (24 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 gets better fuel mileage than the Nautilus:

 

 

 

MPG

XC90

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

Nautilus

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

20 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

The XC90 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Nautilus must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC90 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC90 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Nautilus:

 

XC90 T8

Nautilus

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The XC90’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, the XC90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Nautilus (275/45R20 vs. 265/40R21).

The XC90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nautilus’ optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XC90 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC90’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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC90’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Nautilus (117.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC90 is 1 inch wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the Nautilus.

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Nautilus’ (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Passenger Space

The XC90 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Nautilus can only carry 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XC90’s middle row seats recline. The Nautilus’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the Nautilus.

 

XC90

Nautilus

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

Towing

The XC90’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Nautilus’ (4000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Nautilus, the XC90 R-Design/Inscription/Excellence has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XC90 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XC90’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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the XC90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Nautilus doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the XC90 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Nautilus doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the XC90 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Nautilus’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XC90 Inscription/Excellence has standard front air conditioned seats and the XC90 Excellence also has them in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Nautilus doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The Nautilus has never been chosen.

The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The Nautilus has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The Nautilus has never been chosen.

The Volvo XC90 outsold the Lincoln MKX/Nautilus by 11% during 2018.

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