There will no doubt be endless ads touting the "first-ever" 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, which is accurate, but it's really just a mid-cycle update of an existing midsize luxury SUV attached to a greatly welcomed name change. Frankly, Lincoln could've called it the Diamond Jubilee Bill Blass and it would've been an improvement. Whatever. The MKX is dead. Long live the Nautilus.

Now, speaking of SUVs with silly alphanumeric names, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 lines up remarkably well with the 2018 MKX. Besides hailing from American luxury brands, they have virtually identical exterior dimensions and similar standard engines as well. Cross-shopping seems assured.

But what does the change to the 2019 Nautilus mean for how it compares to the XT5? Cosmetic changes might tweak exterior dimensions by a tenth of an inch here or there, but the interior should remain the same. The Nautilus gets a new engine, though, so check out our spreadsheet below to see if America's (and Canada's) luxury SUVs still stack up.



Conclusions

The switch to a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine means the XT5 and MKX/Nautilus are no longer on equal terms under the hood. While the Cadillac now has a considerable power advantage, the Lincoln Nautilus could save you hundreds every year based on its likely fuel economy (the 2.0-liter turbo engine, albeit with a different transmission, is in the mechanically similar Ford Edge). Besides the new engine for 2019, the Nautilus also gains an eight-speed automatic and an automatic stop start system. Both of those elements are already included on the XT5.

It was announced that the 2019 Nautilus will start at $41,335, which compares to the base MKX at $39,960 and the 2018 Cadillac XT5 at $41,590. In other words, the Lincoln is still less expensive, but just barely. Standard feature content is also comparable, especially as the Nautilus gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are already standard on the XT5.

So really, no matter what they're called, the Cadillac and Lincoln should continue to be neck-and-neck competitors.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Photos

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2018 Cadillac XT5 Photos

2017 Cadillac XT5 driving
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2017 Cadillac XT5 driving
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2017 Cadillac XT5 front 3/4 view
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2017 Cadillac XT5 rear 3/4 view
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2017 Cadillac XT5 front 3/4 view
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2017 Cadillac XT5 rear 3/4 view
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2017 Cadillac XT5 grille
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2017 Cadillac XT5 wheel
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2017 Cadillac XT5 door handles
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2017 Cadillac XT5 c-pillar
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2017 Cadillac XT5 badge
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2017 Cadillac XT5 interior
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2017 Cadillac XT5 interior
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2017 Cadillac XT5 gauges
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2017 Cadillac XT5 gauges
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2017 Cadillac XT5 gauges
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2017 Cadillac XT5 gauges
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2017 Cadillac XT5 infotainment system
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2017 Cadillac XT5 infotainment system
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2017 Cadillac XT5 sun roof
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2017 Cadillac XT5 dash trim
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2017 Cadillac XT5 rear cargo area
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2017 Cadillac XT5 rear cargo area
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2017 Cadillac XT5 rear cargo area
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2018 Lincoln MKX Photos

2016 Lincoln MKX front 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX front 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX front 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX side view
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2016 Lincoln MKX front view
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear view
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2016 Lincoln MKX front 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear 3/4 view
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2016 Lincoln MKX badge
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2016 Lincoln MKX grille
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2016 Lincoln MKX grille
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2016 Lincoln MKX grille
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2016 Lincoln MKX headlight
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2016 Lincoln MKX wheel
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2016 Lincoln MKX wheel
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2016 Lincoln MKX taillight
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2016 Lincoln MKX taillight
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX exhaust tip
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2016 Lincoln MKX badge
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX engine detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX interior
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel
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2016 Lincoln MKX front seats
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2016 Lincoln MKX seat detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX interior
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2016 Lincoln MKX interior
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2016 Lincoln MKX front seats
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear seats
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel detail
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX steering wheel controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX paddle shifter
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2016 Lincoln MKX gauges
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2016 Lincoln MKX start button
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2016 Lincoln MKX transmission controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX wood trim
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2016 Lincoln MKX climate controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX audio controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX vehicle setting controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX ambient lighting controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX seat massager controls
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2016 Lincoln MKX instrument panel
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2016 Lincoln MKX door speaker
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2016 Lincoln MKX door speaker
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2016 Lincoln MKX rear cargo area
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