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Both the Nautilus and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.
Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Cayenne. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cayenne ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Nautilus’ reliability 26 points higher than the Cayenne.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Cayenne isn’t in the top three.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.
On the EPA test cycle the Nautilus AWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Cayenne with its standard turbo V6 (19 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Nautilus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Cayenne requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Nautilus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Nautilus has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1150 pounds less than the Porsche Cayenne.
The Nautilus is 3.7 inches shorter than the Cayenne, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cayenne doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Nautilus has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cayenne.
The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cayenne with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 60.3 cubic feet).
The Nautilus’ cargo area is larger than the Cayenne’s in every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cayenne doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Nautilus has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Nautilus’ standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.
If the windows are left open on the Nautilus the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Cayenne doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Porsche Connect can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nautilus has standard extendable sun visors. The Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cayenne doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Nautilus is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Nautilus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Nautilus will cost $3520 to $9370 less than the Cayenne over a five-year period.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Porsche Cayenne isn't recommended.
The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Porsche Cayenne by 79% during the 2019 model year.
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