2020 Lincoln Corsair review: Surprise and delight

Nancy J. Delong

2020 Lincoln Corsair

This is a tastefully styled luxurious utility auto.

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Lincoln’s much larger SUVs, the Aviator and Navigator, have spearheaded its ongoing renaissance. That means this compact Corsair has some really major tire tracks to fill.


  • Interminable silence
  • Unintimidating tech
  • Premium cabin
  • Easy trip

Never Like

  • Adaptive cruise handle could be improved
  • At times recalcitrant transmission
  • Steep pricing

Far far more than just an MKC with a distinct identify, the Corsair is manufacturer new from the basis up. Even however it shares its architecture and main parts with Ford’s new Escape, you would in no way know it. The styling, characteristics and general feel are pure Lincoln. Its style is tastefully stylish, with no gimmicks or superfluous visible bric-a-brac. Like the Navigator and Aviator, the Corsair harkens back to Detroit’s glory times, a time when pistons ended up the size of espresso cans and American luxurious autos ended up soft and peaceful.

The Corsair may be a compact luxurious utility auto, but it presents a generous amount of money of cargo place. There is just about 28 cubic ft of room behind the 2nd-row bench. Fold that split backrest down and you get just shy of fifty eight cubes. It really is far more capacious in the two steps than an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC, however it is marginally a lot less roomy than either an Infiniti QX50 or BMW X3.

But this tiny Lincoln just isn’t just adept at schlepping freight, it’s fantastic at moving people, far too. Sliding fore and aft by about six inches, the 2nd-row seat delivers ample legroom.


If you do not have a relatives, there’s more than enough place in the Corsair’s back seat to get started out on a single.

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Up entrance, the readily available Ideal Situation bucket seats are excellent as very well, altering in 24 distinct strategies, moreover they are heated and ventilated. But these things damn very well improved be relaxed for what they price tag. Only readily available on the best-shelf Reserve product, they are bundled with the $11,540 Reserve II deal. This means you have to shell out about $fifty seven,000 to get a Corsair with these seats. Oof!

The good thing is, this selections group features an array of other package, from a windshield deicer, 360-diploma camera and adaptive suspension method, to a twelve.three-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster, reverse braking support and advanced LED headlamps. Adaptive cruise handle with site visitors-jam support, lane centering, end-and-go functionality and highway-sign recognition is incorporated, far too.

Unintimidating tech

Compared with lots of rivals, the Corsair just isn’t making an attempt to be an electronics shop on wheels. Yes, it presents a good deal of know-how, but virtually all of it is refreshingly simple to use.

For occasion, the radio and climate controls are an array of physical buttons found on the middle stack where by they are simple to operate by feel on your own. The Sync three infotainment method is apparent and concise, with a straightforward menu framework and fast performance. That readily available electronic instrument cluster could not be less complicated to toggle by way of.


Tasteful is a term that properly sums up this vehicle’s interior.

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The 8-inch infotainment display is significantly scaled-down than what you get in either an Aviator or Navigator. It feels a tiny cramped, but at the very least it is appropriately sized for the Corsair’s cozier interior.

Lincoln Co-Pilot 360, the automaker’s suite of driver-aid characteristics, is normal equipment. It features things like lane-holding support, blind-place checking and computerized superior beams. For an excess outlay of cash, you can enhance to Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 Furthermore, which gets you adaptive cruise handle and other goodies. As in its major brother, the Aviator, warning chimes for things like an open up doorway or unbuckled seat belt ended up recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Alternatively of an irritating excitement or beep, you get a few melodious notes, which is an stylish contact.

Talking of audio, an advanced Revel seem method is supplied in this half-pint Lincoln. Its 14 speakers ended up specially put and especially calibrated for the Corsair. It delivers a titillating listening expertise, even if it’s not rather as showstopping as the Aviator’s readily available 28-speaker method.

This luxurious crossover’s interior is peaceful, relaxed and roomy where by it counts, moreover it’s produced of nice supplies. The leather is delicate and plastics properly grained. A few interior colour schemes are supplied. There is blue and white, black and tan, and gray with touches of ebony. Sadly, no Black Label themes are supplied. In other Lincolns, these drive luxurious to new heights with even finer leather, distinctive supplies and a raft of operator positive aspects.

Speeds and feeds

Two engines are readily available in the Corsair: a base two.-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a much larger two.three-liter device. The scaled-down of these two choices is rated at 250 horsepower and 280 pound-ft of torque, precisely what it provides in the Ford Escape. The up-degree motor pumps out 295 hp with 310 lb.-ft. when working on premium fuel. Both engines are matched to an eight-pace computerized transmission. Either entrance- or all-wheel generate can be experienced with the two.-liter motor, but its bigger sibling arrives completely with 4-corner traction.


There is an motor hiding underneath all that plastic… seriously!

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When equipped with that much larger 4-banger, be expecting 21 miles for every gallon in the metropolis and 28 mpg on highway jaunts. Mixed, this arrangement must return 24 mpg.

Giving a great deal higher performance, Lincoln is developing a Grand Touring edition of the Corsair. Its plug-in hybrid drivetrain will provide an approximated 266 hp with an electric-only variety of about 25 miles. This will be the edition to get if fuel overall economy is a best issue.

A easy operator

Acceleration with the two.three-liter motor is strong. Many thanks to ample minimal- and midrange torque, this powerplant has no difficulty whisking the Corsair up to excess-legal speeds.

Regardless of whether idling in hurry-hour congestion or sprinting to redline as the transmission hands off to the following gear, a single issue you will never recognize in the Corsair is powertrain noise. A intelligent, dual-wall dashboard delivers an excess degree of seem insulation, shielding passengers from uncouth mechanical racket. Active noise cancellation even further quashes any ruckus that breaches these defenses.

This Lincoln’s eight-pace computerized transmission can be just as serene as its cabin, or not. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, or what the dewpoint is in Barrow, Alaska on a Tuesday, upshifts can be imperceptibly easy or fairly clunky. This hit-or-miss out on performance is a bit disappointing specified how refined anything else is, which include the trip.


The Corsair’s gear selector resembles an outdated-faculty tape participant. How awesome is that?

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Lincoln’s Corsair is just about as delicate as a down comforter. In the Ordinary driving mode, it nonchalantly shrugs off bumps and chuckholes. The trade-off for this smoothness is undulating human body motions about irregular pavement, moreover rather a bit of squat and dive for the duration of even average acceleration or braking.

In that mode, the Corsair feels a bit disjointed, beautifully supple but a tiny on the sloppy aspect. Clicking it about to Excite — Lincoln-speak for activity mode — corporations up the optional adaptive suspension method. This degrades the trip quality ever so marginally, but delivers significantly far more human body handle, producing the auto feel like a a great deal far more cohesive deal. I endorse leaving it in this placing for the most fulfilling expertise.

Just one minimal annoyance is the Corsair’s braking feel. The pedal is far too delicate, a very small amount of money of tension will cause the calipers to clamp down like a starving Rottweiler on a soup bone. Just a skosch far more pedal vacation would make these binders significantly less complicated to modulate.

The Corsair is an great highway-journey equipment, capable to tackle extensive distances at a extend without the need of fatiguing its passengers. The readily available adaptive cruise handle definitely will help in this spot, however it’s not the ideal about. It saws at the wheel far more than I would like, continuously producing compact adjustments still left and right as you are driving, which is at ideal irritating and, at worst, heading to make you turn the complete method off.

Puttin’ on the ritz


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The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is relaxed and upscale, easy and refined. I adore its regular take on luxurious, an method that’s, regrettably, a rarity these times. And unfortunately, all that goodness arrives at a price tag. My tester below rang the cash-register bell at $60,one hundred ten, which include $995 in shipping and delivery costs. That’s BMW and Audi dollars for what is however a challenger manufacturer.

The Corsair is a bit challenging to endorse at that price tag, but steering apparent of any selections, you can generate residence in a single for just about 38 grand, which is a a great deal far more pleasing determine for what must however be an engaging auto.

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