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Luxury SUVs can have serious reliability issues. Some consumers struggle to find luxury SUVs that are reliable. Some of the most reliable luxury models tend to come from Japanese automakers like Lexus. Is the most reliable luxury SUV that consumers can get in 2023 an American model? Three cheers for the red, white, and blue.

What is the most reliable luxury SUV?

A gray 2023 Lincoln Nautilus midsize luxury SUV is parked on a boardwalk.
The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus | Lincoln

Reliability can be tough to gauge and measure. Luckily for consumers, automotive publications regularly review and score new vehicles. There are even reliability rankings, so drivers can get an idea of which models are frequently mentioned in reliability discussions.

The “best” luxury SUV is subjective unless you’re comparing performance specs. However, J.D. Power, one of the most reputable data analytics companies, scores reliability. An American luxury SUV happened to get the highest predicted reliability score from J.D. Power.

The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus scored 88/100 for predicted reliability, beating out the 2023 Lexus GX and the 2023 BMW X3 for the top spot. So, the Lincoln Nautilus is currently the most reliable luxury SUV based on its predicted reliability score. The question is, is it really a good SUV?

Is the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus a good SUV?

A white 2023 Lincoln Nautilus midsize luxury SUV is parked.
The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus | Lincoln

The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus starts at $44,825. It uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to make 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The Nautilus gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

MotorTrend praises the Lincoln Nautilus’ refined interior, smooth ride quality, and many standard safety features. Kelley Blue Book compliments its “reasonable pricing” and quiet ride.

The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus provides the comfort and class of a great luxury automobile without breaking the bank. It’s available in three configurations so consumers that want an even classier luxury SUV can opt for upper trim level models and get more standard features.

The two-row midsize luxury SUV is great for small families that want to ride in style on a budget. Its reliability coupled with its value proposition makes it a strong contender in its vehicle segment.

What comes standard on the Lincoln Nautilus?

The front of a gray 2023 Lincoln Nautilus midsize luxury SUV.
The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus | Lincoln

The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and a cabin particulate air-filtration system. It also includes a blind-spot information system, active noise control, and pedestrian detection. The Nautilus features a forward collision warning and dynamic brake support, a 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 12.3-inch LCD instrument display.

Lincoln’s midsize SUV offers enough standard features to justify its starting price. The Reserve model adds features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting. It also includes leather-trimmed seats and heated seats. The Nautilus Reserve starts at $51,040.

The Blue Oval’s luxury division produces great automobiles for drivers with a taste for the finer things. The Nautilus’ high predicted reliability score puts an American luxury automobile brand on the map in an industry where American-made luxury vehicles tend to have reliability issues. Will the Nautilus continue to be a reliable model for the brand and gain more attention, or will the midsize SUV take a back seat to Japanese and German models? The redesigned 2024 model is already turning heads.


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