Lincoln Corsair

The Lincoln Corsair is available in either Standard or Reserve form. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque is standard while a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available with a bit more punch producing 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Both engines transmit power through an 8-speed transmission with optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for all models. The Grand Touring 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine comes with CVT transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

The Standard Corsair models come excellently equipped as one might expect. Starting with an 8-inch infotainment screen, 8-way power adjustable soft touch leatherette front seats, heated front seats, push button start, dual zone climate control, SYNC3 phone integration, Sirius XM radio, premium 10-speaker audio system, embedded 4g WiFi, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and symphonic chimes from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Optional ventilated front seats and heated rear as part of a package. For the safety of the passengers the Corsair has standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360 which includes: Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking including Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, and Dynamic Brake Support, Lane-Keeping System (includes Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Assist and Driver Alert), Rear View Camera, and Automatic High Beams.

The Reserve trim step things up a notch with leather seats, wood interior trim, 19-inch wheels, voice activated navigation system, power-folding second row seats, power liftgate, ambient interior lights, and frameless auto dimming mirror. Lincoln's "Phone As A Key" technology allows drivers to lock and unlock the Corsair, open the liftgate, and start and drive the car with just a smartphone as part of the Reserve II package.

The Grand Touring is loaded with all the standard equipment from Reserve plus, adaptive suspension and pedestrian acoustic protection for the EV mode.

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Editors' First Take

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring is a compact luxury SUV, one that also happens to be a plug-in hybrid. A little old-school yet still plenty new, this half-and-half drivetrain gives the Corsair -- and other plug-in hybrids -- unique benefits, like the option of emitting zero tailpipe emissions or being able to make cross-country treks without needing to recharge. The addition of a partially electrified drivetrain makes this Lincoln far more efficient, though not necessarily better overall.

Regardless of its powertrain, the Corsair does an admirable job emulating larger Lincolns like the Aviator and Navigator, two SUVs Roadshow editors love. The brand's elegant exterior design scales down nicely, as this utility vehicle looks cleaner and more sophisticated than some of its rivals, which are slathered in much showier styling. Mimicking its siblings, the Corsair's dashboard is strongly horizontal and punctuated by a freestanding touchscreen. Crisp and colorful, this 8-inch display with its chunky bezels looks a few sizes too small, even in the compact Corsair. But hey, at least the Sync 3 infotainment system is speedy and as straightforward to use as ever, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported, though not wirelessly.

Unlike its larger siblings, extra-swanky Black Label versions of the Corsair are not offered, though aside from a couple minor quibbles, the standard interior is still plenty nice. The design is handsome, the materials used are mostly excellent and nearly everything is tightly assembled and feels like quality -- aside from the dials and buttons for the audio and climate-control systems, which are sloppy and trimmed in blinding chrome. This interior's smudge-prone piano black trim doesn't elevate the experience, either.

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