2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Updated: June 15, 2020

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The 2020 Corsair is Lincoln’s smallest and most affordable crossover. It proudly trades sporty moves for a pleasantly serene driving experience.

Most Corsairs are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4, though a 2.3-liter turbo-4 is also available. The smaller engine is good for 250 horsepower, but moving into the 2.3-liter engine nets a hefty 295 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic backs both engines. All-wheel drive is mandatory with the 2.3-liter engine and available with the 2.0-liter engine.

A front-drive Corsair with the 2.0-liter engine is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined. Upgrading to will be rated at 21/29/24 mpg when the EPA finishes its tally. The more powerful 2.3-liter turbo-4 is rated at 21/28/24 mpg.

All Corsairs are equipped with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. An available suite of additional active-safety features includes lane-keep assist, a surround-view camera system, and automatic parking assistance. A head-up display is optional.

Model Lineup

All prices reflect all applicable destination charges.

The base Corsair is known as the Standard and starts at $36,940 for front-drive models. It includes 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Corsair Reserve begins at $43,625. It includes the uprated 2.3-liter turbo-4, all-wheel drive, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 19-inch wheels, 10-way adjustable heated front seats, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless smartphone charger.

Exterior

The Corsair takes the Lincoln design language and shrinks it down a size or two for the compact segment. The scaling down is a successful one, as the Corsair is a handsome, well-profiled crossover that has nary an awkward angle.

The front end looks pulled right off one of the larger Lincoln crossovers, and yet it doesn’t look disproportionate; in fact, the brand’s trademark front end treatment might work best on the Corsair. The lack of any big air dams along the lower bumper provide a clean, uncluttered look that comes off as especially premium.

Out back there’s a slick-looking thin horizontal light strip that stretches right across the middle of the liftgate. Above this the Lincoln name is spelled out in chrome. The look is distinctive, elegant, and flattering, which is right in line with the overall look of the Corsair.

Interior

The interior of the Corsair is as posh as the exterior. Lincoln has done up the cabin in high-quality materials, and everything fits together nicely. There’s a happy lack of big panel gaps or cheap black plastic.

Front seats get synthetic leather in the base model rather than the genuine stuff, but they are high-quality imitations and offer standard 10-way power adjustment and heating functionality. Check enough boxes and you can get 24-way power seats that are cooled, heated, and equipped with memory and massage functions.

The back seat is comfortable for five thanks to dimensions that are generous for the class. Some limited recline as well as fore and aft adjustment provides additional comfort for rear passengers on longer trips. Leg room is a healthy 38.6 inches with the seat pushed all the way back.

Cargo space is plentiful for a compact crossover, with a maximum of 27.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Fold down the seatbacks and 57.6 cubic feet of cargo space becomes available.

All Corsairs get an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and there’s two USB ports up front to connect. The software is the latest version of Ford’s Sync, and it works better than ever.

Driving Impressions

There is an air of tranquility about the 2020 Corsair crossover that can’t readily be found elsewhere. The quiet and comfortable ride, a composed suspension that prefers to waltz rather than tango, and a largely unobtrusive powertrain all factor into this impression.

Most models will come with the base 2.0-liter turbo-4, which makes a healthy 250 horsepower. That will prove plenty for most drivers, as there’s likely to be few instances where more power will be necessary. Upgrading to the 295-horsepower 2.3-liter turbo-4 is not necessary for good performance in the Corsair.

The 8-speed automatic used with both engines has been tuned to deliver smooth, imperceptible shifts. From behind the wheel there is hardly any sense of a gearchange, even when accelerating aggressively.

Multiple drive modes are available, the sportiest being known as Excite. This mode cuts out the two highest cogs and holds gears for longer. It’s more irritating than exciting, as both engines can be buzzy at higher engine speeds.

Final Word

The 2020 Corsair finally brings Lincoln into the white-hot arena of luxury compact crossovers. Though it was overdue, the wait was worth it, as the Corsair has been thoughtfully designed and executed. We’d stick with the Standard trim to save a bit of money.

 

—by Anthony Sophinos, with driving impressions from The Car Connection