2020 Lincoln Corsair for sale near Ft. Pierce, FL

2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV Review

The compact Corsair is Lincoln's latest cannon shot in the company's new-product assault—a strategy that aims to bring prestige back to the brand. It replaces the aging MKC for the 2020 model year. Its handsome styling and deluxe interior should turn the heads of compact luxury SUV buyer.

But the 2020 Lincoln Corsair's best features are hidden behind a paywall of expensive option packages, and its driving dynamics aren't as well sorted as established contenders such as 
the Audi Q5BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-class. Unfortunately, the Corsair is more of a base hit when what Lincoln really needs is a home run.
 
2020 Lincoln Corsair luxurious interior seating with driver profiles
 

What's New for 2020?

The Corsair is an all-new model for 2020 and has enough cachet to make it a far better ambassador for Lincoln in the compact luxury SUV segment than its predecessor, the MKC. A plug-in hybrid model is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2020 as a 2021 model. The Lincoln Corsair also have the available option to use your phone as a key.
 

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Standard: $39,440
  • Reserve: $44,725
The Reserve trim is where it's at: For the large step up in price, Lincoln provides several must-have items such as 19-inch wheels; a panoramic sunroof; a hands-free power lift gate; fog lamps; a 14-speaker Revel stereo system; in-dash navigation; SiriusXM satellite radio; a power adjustable steering column; genuine wood interior trim; and heated front seats covered in Bridge of Weir leather with 10-way power adjust ability and memory settings for the driver. From there, we'd exercise caution as the Corsair's option packages carry big price tags.

We'd also recommend sticking with the smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as performance is very similar to the more expensive 2.3-liter.

 
2020 Lincoln Corsair for sale near Ft. Pierce, FL
 

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Two turbocharged four-cylinder engines from the MKC carry over. That means either a 250 horsepower 2.0-liter or 280 horsepower 2.3-liter four; both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the smaller engine, buyers can choose from either front- or all-wheel drive but opting for the 2.3-liter brings all-wheel drive as standard.

We tested both engines with all-wheel drive and found that their acceleration performance is almost identical; the smaller engine managed a zero-to-60-mph run in 6.1 seconds while the larger 2.3-liter did the deed in 6.0-seconds flat.

Both are quicker than the old MKC, which delivered an adequate but unexciting 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph time when we last tested it; key rivals such as the Q5 and the GLC300 are quicker and simply more satisfying to drive. If you're interested in the upcoming Grand Touring plug-in hybrid model, you'll need to wait for the 2021 Corsair.

 

Fuel Economy and Real-World MGP

Choosing the more powerful of the two turbocharged engines doesn't negatively impact fuel economy much. According to the EPA, the 2.3-liter model with all-wheel drive loses just 1 mpg on the highway to the all-wheel drive 2.0-liter model. The Corsair's most efficient non-hybrid model—the front-wheel drive 2.0-liter—earns EPA ratings of 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.

We've tested both engines with all-wheel drive; the 2.0-liter managed 30 mpg highway in our 200-mile highway fuel economy test while the 2.3-liter returned 29 mpg. The plug-in hybrid model—which we have not yet tested—is said to provide up to 25 miles of all-electric driving range; EPA fuel economy estimates for that model are still pending.

 

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo Space

The 2020 Corsair boasts a handsome cabin that's similar to those in other SUV offerings from Lincoln such as the Navigator, the Nautilus, and the Aviator; it's upholstered in soft leather and offers plenty of features. Adjustable ambient lighting, 24-way power adjustable "Perfect Position" seats, a head-up display, and an app that allows users to unlock, lock, and start the vehicle with their smartphone are all available although ordering such items will add a princely sum to the bottom line.

Surprisingly, Lincoln says a top-spec Black Label model of the Corsair is not in the cards. The Beyond Blue interior theme shown at the Corsair's debut at the New York auto show is offered, though, and adds turquoise colored leather to the dashboard, door panels, and seats.

The Corsair's cargo bay is generously sized. We managed to fit eight of our carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats, beating the X3 by one case; lowering the rear seat backs to their flat position opened up room for 21 cases in total.

 
2020 Lincoln Corsair Infotainment Connectivity Features

Infotainment and Connectivity

An 8.0-inch touchscreen running Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment system is standard; a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is optional. The interface is fairly easy to use, and handy joysticks on the steering wheel help the driver avoid reaching for the screen too often. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come on every model but in-dash navigation costs extra on the base Standard trim. Going with the Reserve model swaps the Corsair's 10-speaker stereo system for a 14-speaker Revel setup and adds SiriusXM satellite radio with real-time traffic and weather updates.
 
2020 Lincoln Corsair Copilot 360 Driver Assisted Technology
 

Safety and Driver Assisted Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Corsair a five-star rating and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick for 2020. All models come standard with a suite of basic driver assistance features that Lincoln calls Co-Pilot360 but unlocking high-tech assists such as a self-parking feature or adaptive cruise control requires upgrading to the optional Co-Pilot360 Plus system. Key safety features include:?
  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Lincoln's standard powertrain warranty coverage is more generous than its German rivals'. Buyers of Lincoln's Black Label models are treated to a four-year/50,000 mile complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, but because the Corsair isn't offered in the Black Label trim, its buyers will find themselves paying out-of-pocket for oil changes, tire rotations, and the like.
  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance plan
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