2020 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

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

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Cayenne and the Nautilus 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Cayenne has more powerful engines than the Nautilus:

Horsepower

Torque

Cayenne 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne S 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne E-Hybrid 3.0 turbo V6

455 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

541 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 turbo V8

670 HP

663 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Nautilus 4-cylinder AWD (46 city/46 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Nautilus must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it (mild regeneration on non-hybrids). The Nautilus doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (19.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cayenne’s standard fuel tank has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (23.7 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

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The Cayenne’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

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

Cayenne

Cayenne E-Hybrid

Cayenne S

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne opt.

Nautilus

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

16.3 inches

17.3 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.1 inches

13 inches

14.4 inches

16.1 inches

13.6 inches

The Cayenne’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.

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Nautilus doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Nautilus doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne has larger standard tires than the Nautilus (F:255/55R19 & R:275/50R19 vs. 245/60R18). The Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Nautilus (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/40R21).

The Cayenne’s standard 255/55R19 front and 275/50R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series front and 50 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nautilus’ standard 60 series tires. The Cayenne’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Nautilus’ optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Nautilus. The Cayenne’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Nautilus.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Nautilus doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lincoln doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Nautilus.

The Cayenne has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Cayenne’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 Cayenne’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Nautilus (114 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Nautilus.

For better maneuverability, the Cayenne’s turning circle with optional rear wheel steering is 4.2 feet tighter than the Nautilus’ (35.1 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cayenne 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.

Passenger Space

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The Cayenne has .2 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Nautilus.

The front step up height for the Cayenne is .8 inches lower than the Nautilus (16.75” vs. 17.5”). The Cayenne’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Nautilus’ (16” vs. 18”).

Towing

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The Cayenne’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Nautilus’ (7700 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Cayenne 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 first in service department satisfaction. With a 28% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Nautilus, the Cayenne 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 Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Nautilus does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Cayenne 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 power windows standard on both the Cayenne and the Nautilus have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cayenne is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Nautilus prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Cayenne’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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayenne offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Nautilus doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Cayenne to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Nautilus doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

When the Cayenne with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Nautilus’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Cayenne’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Nautilus doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

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The Cayenne will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Cayenne will retain 50.86% to 59.21% of its original price after five years, while the Nautilus only retains 38.53% to 39.02%.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayenne first among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Nautilus isn’t in the top three.

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