Lincoln Corsair

The Lincoln Corsair is available in two trims: Standard and Reserve. A turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 280 lb-feet of torque is standard while A 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available on the Reserve offering 45 more horses and 30 more torques. Both engines transmit power through an 8-speed transmission. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is an upgrade on all models.

Corsair Standard models come excellently equipped as one might expect from a Lincoln. Starting with an 8-inch infotainment screen, 10-way adjustable "soft-touch" heated leather seats, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, SYNC3 phone integration, SiriusXM radio and a 10-speaker audio system. Both rows of seats are also available with ventilation and heat.

Reserve trimmed Corsairs step things up with embedded 4g WiFi, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, a voice-activated navigation system, power-folding second row seats, 12-volt power sockets, a frameless auto dimming mirror and Lincoln's "Phone As A Key" technology which allows drivers to lock and unlock the Corsair, open the liftgate and drive the car with nothing but their smartphone.

Lincoln takes safety features to the next level. Each Corsair includes Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a comprehensive technology-based safety system that includes blind spot monitoring, rear-collision detection as well as collision warning systems that can intervene with automatic braking if needed. Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection is also included. Lane-keeping system will help nudge you back into your lane should you be distracted and automatic high beams will keep drivers from neglecting their high-beams and blinding oncoming traffic.

Editors' Review

Lincoln's larger SUVs, the Aviator and Navigator, have spearheaded its ongoing renaissance. That means this compact Corsair has some pretty big tire tracks to fill.

Far more than just an MKC with a different name, the Corsair is brand new from the foundation up. Even though it shares its architecture and major components with Ford's new Escape, you'd never know it. The styling, features and overall feel are pure Lincoln. Its design is tastefully elegant, with no gimmicks or superfluous visual bric-a-brac. Like the Navigator and Aviator, the Corsair harkens back to Detroit's glory days, a time when pistons were the size of coffee cans and American luxury cars were cushy and quiet.

The Corsair may be a compact luxury utility vehicle, but it offers a generous amount of cargo space. There's nearly 28 cubic feet of room behind the second-row bench. Fold that split backrest down and you get just shy of 58 cubes. It's more capacious in both measures than an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLC, though it is slightly less roomy than either an Infiniti QX50 or BMW X3.

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The Good ~ Interminable silence ~ Unintimidating tech ~ Premium cabin ~ Smooth ride

The Bad ~ Adaptive cruise control could be better ~ Sometimes recalcitrant transmission ~ Steep pricing

The Bottom Line The Corsair is nicely trimmed, performs well and delivers a mostly serene driving experience. If comfort and ease of use matter to you, check out this compact Lincoln.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 8

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