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Ride Analysis Of The 2020 and 2021 Nautilus

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whatsupdoc

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Before deciding to purchase the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve I test drove the 2020 and 2021 Nautilus in both the base aka standard and reserve trims. I noticed that with the 2021 model the "Comfort" mode is no longer available, instead being replaced with the modes "Conserve", "Normal", "Slippery", "Deep Conditions". "Excite". This was a huge factor in deciding to purchase the 2020, there was no way to get the same ride quality from the 2021 since the "Comfort" mode was no longer available. Some may say the "Conserve" mode in the 2021 is the same as the "Comfort" mode in the 2020 but I don't think it is. I believe things changed on how the active suspension works with the various modes between the 2020 and the 2021 (maybe someone could validate this). Also the base or aka standard model does not have active suspension and the ride was noticeably not as posh. I also noticed this in the 2020/2021 Aviator, the ride quality between the standard and reserve trims was noticeably different.
 

GAB

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My 2021 Nautilus Reserve only has D or S as driving modes. Where are those other modes located?
 

whatsupdoc

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The driving modes are found by pushing the settings button on the lower right part of the steering wheel, drive control, drive mode in D and selecting Comfort, Normal or Sport. The drive mode in S can also be set.
 

GAB

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The driving modes are found by pushing the settings button on the lower right part of the steering wheel, drive control, drive mode in D and selecting Comfort, Normal or Sport. The drive mode in S can also be set.
My 2021 Nautilus Reserve with Synch4 does not seem to have those settings.
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whatsupdoc

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At 45:40 in this video it'll show how to get to the drive control. Press OK for Handling in D and then press OK again to see the options to choose from (that's not shown in the video).
 

PaddioLV

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I’m not seeing it either. It’s not on this screen. Is that option only for the 2.7 engines? This is a 2020 reserve 2.0.
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whatsupdoc

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Here's how to get to the 2019/2020 drive mode; it's available in the Reserve and Black Label:

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Press on the button with the gears on it. It's on the lower right side of the steering wheel.

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Then you'll see the SETTINGS and Drive Control.

Press the OK button on the right side of the steering wheel.

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Then you'll see the Drive Control modes. Press the OK button on the right side of the steering wheel for the mode you want.

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Then press the OK button on the right side of the steering wheel for the level you want.

Hope this helps!

I also saw an article indicating this is also available on the Select model with All-Wheel Drive but I'm not certain of that; on the vehicle I tested it wasn't present.
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I noticed that with the 2021 model the "Comfort" mode is no longer available, instead being replaced with the modes "Conserve", "Normal", "Slippery", "Deep Conditions". "Excite". This was a huge factor in deciding to purchase the 2020, there was no way to get the same ride quality from the 2021 since the "Comfort" mode was no longer available.

I'm still confused by this statement. I have a 2021 Reserve, 2.7 AWD and I have "Comfort", "Normal", and "Sport" not "Conserve", "Normal", "Slippery", "Deep Conditions", and "Excite".
 

whatsupdoc

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I'm still confused by this statement. I have a 2021 Reserve, 2.7 AWD and I have "Comfort", "Normal", and "Sport" not "Conserve", "Normal", "Slippery", "Deep Conditions", and "Excite".
You're right! I was getting the Nautilus confused with the Aviator and Corsair lol. The Aviator and Corsair have those other modes with the fancy graphics.
 

tgara

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I have the same issue. No paddle shifters. The vehicle rides like a truck. The Corsair is way better.
Mine doesn’t ride like a truck. On the contrary, it has a very smooth and quiet ride.

Ride and noise are greatly influenced by road conditions, tire conditions and tire pressure. Maybe you are driving on rough roads?
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peterk9

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................................... Some may say the "Conserve" mode in the 2021 is the same as the "Comfort" mode in the 2020 but I don't think it is. .........................................
You are correct. 'Conserve' mode has nothing to do with "Comfort" and as the name implies, it is selected to help conserve fuel consumption. When driving in 'Normal' mode and then switching to 'Conserve', there is a noticeable difference in the acceleration/power of my Aviator.

Peter
 
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