Known for its appealing blend of nimbleness and practicality, the crossover class has become phenomenally popular. For today’s busy lifestyles, a vehicle that can accommodate family members, friends, recreational pursuits, and road trips is often considered essential. But for many drivers, practicality isn’t enough. Enter the luxury crossover, with all the space and versatility of a conventional crossover, but with added levels of comfort and plush features. Not too long ago, luxury vehicles – especially ones of this size – were mostly for the elite, but things have changed. Consider the premium 2021 Genesis GV80. With its manageable starting price of $48,900, it’s considerably less expensive than similar vehicles from Audi, Lexus, BMW, and the like. One of its main U.S.-made competitors is the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus. Let’s look at how they match up in some important categories.
Power and Performance
There are two engines available for both models, and both of the Genesis powerplants are more powerful than the Lincoln ones. The GV80’s base engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower and 311 pounds-feet of torque. But the base engine in the Nautilus is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with considerably lower output: 250 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The more potent engine for the ‘21 GV80 is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (375 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque), while the Nautilus’s upgraded engine is not quite as robust: it’s a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 making 335 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
Warranty and Maintenance
The ‘21 GV80 has longer-lasting warranty coverage than the Nautilus. Its basic bumper-to-bumper warranty is good for 5 years/60,000 miles, and its powertrain warranty lasts for 10 years/100,000 miles. Compare that to the Nautilus’ basic bumper-to-bumper warranty term of 4 years/50,000 miles, and its powertrain warranty term of 6 years/70,000 miles. The ‘21 GV80 also comes with a complimentary maintenance plan that covers oil and filter changes, multipoint inspections, and tire rotations for 3 years/36,000 miles. Although the Nautilus has a complimentary maintenance plan, it expires after 2 years/24,000 miles.
Notable Amenities Heated front seats are standard in the ‘21 GV80, but not in the Nautilus. The ‘21 GV80 also has a larger infotainment system than the Nautilus (14.5 inches vs. 13.2 inches). What’s more, the ‘21 GV80 is eligible for a 12.3-inch 3D digital gauge cluster, while a 3D digital gauge cluster isn’t offered with the Nautilus. The ‘21 GV80 also has soft-close doors, which gently pull shut to prevent injury or a jarring slam. Soft-close doors aren’t available on the Nautilus. If you need to accommodate more passengers, the ‘21 GV80 has an available third row that increases seating capacity to seven. The Nautilus has just two rows and can only seat up to five passengers. And while both models have similar active safety technologies, the ‘21 GV80 has the world’s first adaptive cruise control system with machine learning that can understand and “learn” a person’s driving habits over time. This artificial intelligence allows the cruise control system to replicate the driver’s habits, such as their preferred following distance, for a more authentic cruise-control experience. The Nautilus’ adaptive cruise control system doesn’t have machine learning capabilities.