2020 Lincoln Corsair


The 2020 Lincoln Corsair wants for few features, but the crossover can have a spit-take high price in top trims. 

The Corsair is available in Standard and Reserve trim levels with a handful of option packages scattered among the two. Base cars cost $36,940, including destination, while top models can crest $60,000. 

Every Corsair gets 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, active safety features (that we cover above), synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with two USB ports. We give the Corsair an 8 for features with added points for good base features, its good warranty, and another for an 8.0-inch touchscreen on all models.  (Read more about how we rate cars.)

We wouldn’t stray far from the Standard versions because they’re better values in the lineup. 

All-wheel drive is a $2,200 option but adds a $1,200 convenience option that adds painted 18-inch wheels, ambient lighting, a split-folding rear seat, and navigation. At just over $40,000 with all-wheel drive, the 2020 Corsair with just a few upgrades makes its best case for value with or without all-wheel drive. 

At the top end, the 2020 Corsair Reserve with everything thrown at it chimes in for more than $60,000. It includes the uprated 2.3-liter turbo-4, all-wheel drive, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 20-inch wheels, 24-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats, adaptive suspension, a head-up display, more driver-assistance features, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding rear seats, leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charger, front-seat massagers, and an appearance package. 

Those tony Corsairs rival established luxury compact crossovers in features but doesn’t undercut many in price. 

Lincoln’s warranty is relatively generous with 4 years/50,000 miles covered bumper to bumper. Lincoln’s app for smartphones can lock and unlock doors, start the Corsair, and schedule maintenance. Lincoln also offers a few incentives for using its app, including points for scheduled maintenance, similar to frequent flyer miles. 

Lincoln infotainment

All Corsairs are equipped with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software. 

The standard Lincoln system is intuitive and easy-to-follow, with bright menus and an interface that swipes between main menus. Some functions are buried in menus, such as the in-seat massagers, and the steering wheel-mounted voice recognition button is placed high on the wheel—at about 10 o’clock—that we kept inadvertently turning on. The native software should be easy for most people to use, but we found smartphone-mirroring software to be a little more intuitive to use in our drives. 

Spend-up audio systems can add up to 14 speakers in the small Corsair cabin, filling it with rich sound that adds to the car’s luxury credentials. 

Baked-in Waze compatibility without using CarPlay or Android Auto is a boon to city-dwellers who use the app to dodge traffic, which we appreciated. 

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