2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive: Former MKX gets the Lincoln look, new features


Car reviews / Понедельник, Сентябрь 24th, 2018

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Lincoln is again aiming to fill another space, this one occupied by mega-selling midsize luxury crossovers like the Lexus RX, Audi Q5 and Cadillac XT5.

“This segment represents one-quarter of our volume,” said Robert Parker, Lincoln’s director of marketing, sales and service. “This is a really, really important product.”

Yes, Lincoln has been in the midsize luxury segment since 2002 when it began building the Ford Explorer-based, body-on-frame Aviator. But the Explorer body-on-frame design and luxury didn’t go together well, so in late 2006, Lincoln switched to the far-smoother Ford Fusion/Mondeo/Edge platform and introduced the MKX. Two years ago, the MKX got new underpinnings, with a luxury ride similar to the new Lincoln Continental as well as the Fusion. Now, in what is known as a midcycle facelift, the former MKX gets a new all-Lincoln face, new engine options and a new name: Nautilus.

“It invokes images of exploration and discovery,” said one Lincoln exec. That it does, a lot more so than “MKX.”

It will be exploring not only the midsize luxury segment in the U.S. but the entire burgeoning Chinese market.

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1 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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2 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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3 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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4 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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5 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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6 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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7 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 8Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 8

8 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 9Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 9

9 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 10Inside the newly renamed and restyled 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photo 10

10 of 11Take a look inside the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus — formerly the Lincoln MKX crossover — which was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available interior features include 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort seats and 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. &nbsp

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To do that exploring, wedged into that semi-Continental architecture is an all-new powertrain. The base engine option is now a new 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four, while the more upscale models will get a 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. Both will be mated to Ford’s new eight-speed automatic, the first application for that new transmission. Front- and all wheel-drive layouts are available.

In addition to turbocharging, both engines use direct injection and twin-independent variable camshaft timing to eke the maximum out of their respective displacements. The 2.0-liter’s 250 peak hp comes at 5,500 rpm, with peak torque of 280 lb-ft is listed at 3,000 revs. The 2.7 V6 hits 335 hp at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 3,250.

Both models are engineered for a smoother, quieter ride. Both get acoustic laminated glass, thicker carpets and “stuffers” in the wheel wells (“stuffers,” I learned, are insulating layers meant to keep unwanted sound out of the cabin). 

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 1Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 1

1 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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2 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 3Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 3

3 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 4Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 4

4 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 5Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 5

5 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 6Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 6

6 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 7Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 7

7 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 8Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 8

8 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 9Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 9

9 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 10Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 10

10 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 11Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 11

11 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 12Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 12

12 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 13Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 13

13 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 14Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 14

14 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 15Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 15

15 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 16Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 16

16 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 17Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 17

17 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 18Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 18

18 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 19Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 19

19 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 20Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 20

20 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 21Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 21

21 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 22Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 22

22 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 23Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 23

23 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 24Introducing the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the updated and rechristened MKX crossover Photo 24

24 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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25 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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26 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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27 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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28 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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29 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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30 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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31 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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32 of 33The Lincoln MKX is now the Lincoln Nautilus — part of the luxury automaker’s effort to replace its confusing «MK-» nomenclature system with real model names. Along with the new name, the crossover has adopted the company’s signature grille. The 2019 Nautilus made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. &nbsp

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As you might expect, all that adds weight. The front-drive Nautilus tips the scales at 4,142 pounds and the AWD model at 4,305. That affects acceleration, as you might guess. I tried timing a 0-60 launch in the more powerful 2.7-liter Lincoln using the highly unscientific handheld-Apple-iPhone-stopwatch method. I sat in the passenger seat while a leadfooted colleague drove. “Go!” I yelped, simultaneously hitting “start” on the phone. For a long time, nothing happened -– the Nautilus was for Naut. “What is wrong with you?” I demanded, demonstrating both my management and interpersonal communication ability. “It’s not me!” he squealed. Apparently there is about a one-second delay between the time you stomp on the gas and the time when the Nautilus decides to depart the line. So we tried again and got a 7.93 0-60 time. Maybe it would have been a second quicker had we tried brake-torquing the thing, but we’re idiots.

As for the drive, I immediately decided the electric power-assisted steering is way too jumpy. This is supposed to be a luxury car, not an autocrosser. So, once underway, I started playing around with the various adjustments. You can change the performance of the Nautilus in a menu that allows you to adjust “Handling in Drive,” “Handling in Sport” and “Performance in Sport.” Within each of those, you can set parameters to comfort, normal and sport. Most of the settings just made the whole thing jumpy, like a lab rat with too much caffeine. They are settings that are not right for this crossover — or this class of crossover. I settled on comfort, and both I and, seemingly, the Nautilus felt happiest there, as if the car was originally set for this. Sure, it rolled a little more in that setting, and the shifts weren’t as quick, but you adjust for that as you corner and everything’s fine.

That’s not really the point with this anyway. The point is luxury and convenience, mostly in a straight line, and to that end, the Lincoln is loaded. For instance, there’s a suite of features called Co-Pilot360 that includes things like blind-spot information system, cross-traffic alert, precollision assist with automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, and lane-keeping assist. Those are standard. Options include evasive steer assist to get around fixed objects you can’t avoid by braking, and lane-centering technology that works with adaptive cruise control to steer the car for you (as long as you keep your hands on the wheel). I don’t know if I’m in Lincoln’s target demographic –- I’ll be 60 next year -– but those “features,” as they do on any car from any manufacturer, drive me crazy. Why have what amounts to Level 2 or 3 autonomy if you still have to hold on to the wheel? Why would autonomous braking not stop you in time? And why does everything have to beep so danged much?

Lincoln, as do all its competitors, sees all these features as required in order to be competitive. Lincoln sold 111,159 vehicles in the U.S. last year, about the same as the year before. That’s about one-third of what BMW sold, only a fourth of Mercedes’ total, a third of Lexus, half of Audi, and even Cadillac and Acura moved over 150,000 cars and trucks out the doors. But as it changes all of its vehicles from nonsensical letters like MKX to adventurous names, and with its nice exteriors and more fuel-efficient engines, Lincoln sales can only go up.

The base Nautilus is $41,335, and you can load one up in Black Label trim, a level that includes a concierge, car washes, and restaurant recommendations, for close to 60 grand. Apart from the initially jumpy steering and all the beeping (the latter which is in every luxo-car sold around the world) I was generally happy after a day in the new Nautilus. Various Lincoln execs described long summer drives in cars full of kids from which everyone emerged happy and relaxed, which, they say, is the goal. And with the Chinese market seemingly willing to buy at least as many cars as we here in the U.S., the new Nautilus should be a success.

On Sale: Fall 2018

Base Price: $41,335

As Tested Price: $57,890

Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, 8-speed automatic, AWD

Output: 250 hp at 5500 rpm, 280 lb-ft at 3000 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,142 pounds (mfg.)

0-60 MPH: 7.93 seconds (est)

Fuel Economy: 21/26/23 mpg (2.0); 20/27/22 mpg (2.7)(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Pros: Competitively priced for the class, nice exterior refresh

Cons: Luxury interior features don’t stand out in a crowded field