Lincoln’s SUVs get extra subdued as they inch down the worth ladder. The Navigator’s fabulous—because it had higher be, with a six-digit sticker worth all too simple to succeed in. The Aviator’s blessed with the identical finesse however much less bulk. (It is also ever so barely extra environmentally aware; it has a plug-in model, .)
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair? It flies underneath the radar, in comparison with its larger, brassier brethren. It is bodily unimposing particularly subsequent to a Navigator or any full-size SUV for that matter. It is compact, curt and unassuming even in contrast with the mid-size Aviator.
That mentioned, it is nonetheless one other beacon for the Lincoln model, which may’t shed its Continental and MKZ sedans shortly sufficient. SUVs run the roost at Lincoln, and even the smallest Lincoln SUV bristles with verve that is all however absent from Cadillac and Infiniti rivals.
We give the 2020 Corsair a 7.2 on our TCC Rating scale, a solidly above-average rating that is mirrored within the solidly above-average impressions it delivered as I aimed it south from Charlotte towards rural South Carolina looking for the intersection of barbecue and drive-thru service. Here is the place the Corsair hit—and the place it missed.
Hit: Enterprise-suit type. The Corsair’s downsized Aviator duds are a low-key knockout. Ford has reworked the Escape’s proportions right into a extra pretty elongated form to kind the Corsair, and it is endowed it with a brightly trimmed inside with ribbed fake aluminum and blue leather-based, if ordered accurately. In Flight Blue, the $695 paint utilized to my take a look at automobile, the Corsair’s enterprise go well with is pure enterprise class.
Miss: Over-the-top panache. The place’s the Black Label? Lincoln enables you to select a “Past Blue” leather-based that shares the hue of one of many Navigator’s Black Label themes, however the wine-and-horse nation stuff utilized to different variations is absent right here.
2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive
Hit: A stone-quiet inside. In contrast with the Escape (or, say, an Acura RDX), the Corsair’s like a rolling recording sales space, full with Revel audio, extra-thick glass, and loads of sound deadening.
Miss: The touchscreen deficit. Although it is 8.zero inches on the diagonal, the Corsair’s infotainment touchscreen is small by Korean requirements. The place’s the 12.3-inch panorama love?
Hit: It is filled with power. There’s turbo-Four gusto within the 2020 Corsair. The bottom engine musters a strong 250 horsepower, however in my tester a 295-hp 2.3-liter turbo-Four surged down South Carolina aspect roads with Audi briskness. Flick the console-mounted transmission toggles into Drive, paddle-shift right into a decrease gear, and spin the drive-mode selector to “Excite” (“Sport” in each different automobile so outfitted) and the Corsair squirts by way of site visitors and updrafts alongside these nation roads with sturdy urges that have been in all probability unlawful within the neighborhood till current Supreme Court docket rulings.
Miss: Thunk within the trunk. Even with obtainable adaptive dampers, the Corsair’s journey over potholes might be higher. It is higher at smothering ruts than the typical small automobile however the Lincoln Corsair‘s not utterly proof against deep potholes. These adaptive dampers (normal on the Reserve II package deal, $700 in any other case) do not hone down harsh impacts fully fully—possible due to the accompanying 20-inch wheels.
2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive
Hit: Cooled 24-way entrance seats. If solely the associated Escape had half this assist in its skinny, poorly padded seats. The Corsair’s again bench slides backward and forward too, so it is price a nod—however in entrance, with cooling and 24-way adjustment, the Corsair actually has your again.
Miss: A depraved $60,110 sticker worth. The bottom $36,940 Corsair will get an influence tailgate, heated entrance seats, and artificial leather-based trim; it is a honest deal. My take a look at automobile sticker at $60,110 with Reserve II trim, 2.3-liter turbo-Four and all-wheel drive, plus Flight Blue paint, wi-fi smartphone charging, cooled entrance seats, a surround-view digital camera system, and a head-up show. That does not grok as worth in a Corsair-sized package deal—and a $60,110 entry-level Lincoln misses the purpose. At about $40,000, the 2020 Corsair delivers a nicer driving expertise that steps as much as the Aviator and Navigator with out searching of step.
2020 Lincoln Corsair Reserve AWD
Base worth: $43,625, together with vacation spot
Worth as examined: $60,110
Drivetrain: 295-hp, 2.3-liter turbo-4; 8-speed computerized transmission; all-wheel drive
EPA gas economic system: 21/28/24 mpg
The hits: Sharp seems, highly effective engine, comfy seats
The misses: No Black Label, costly prime trims, stiff journey.