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2020 Lincoln Corsair

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2020 Standard 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $35,945
2020 Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,145
2020 Reserve 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,630
2020 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,830
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The 2020 Lincoln Corsair replaces the MKC as the brand's compact crossover. While the MKC came off as simply an upscale version of the related Ford Escape, the Corsair displays the style, technology, and refinement of a no-excuses luxury vehicle.

Last year's engines continue, but they're now paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission for enhanced performance and efficiency. To further distance it from the Escape, the Corsair receives a comfort-tuned rear suspension and active noise cancellation, along with an acoustic windshield and extensive cabin insulation.

Lincoln Corsair

Choosing Your Lincoln Corsair

Lincoln offers the Corsair in Standard and Reserve trims. Pricing starts at $36,940 including destination for the Standard and climbs to $43,625 for the Reserve. Prices have increased by just over $2,000 versus the outgoing MKC.

Engine Choices

The Lincoln Corsair is available with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The standard 2.0-liter provides the level of performance buyers expect in this class. The more potent 2.3-liter is optional on the Reserve only.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp275 lb-ftNot Yet Rated
2.3L Turbo 4-Cylinder280 hp310 lb-ftNot Yet Rated

Both engines use a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Pairing the 2.0-liter with all-wheel drive adds $3,600 to the Standard and $2,200 to the Reserve. This includes the cost of certain options that are mandatory with AWD. Upgrading to the 2.3-liter engine on the Reserve costs $6,740 because it requires AWD and an Equipment Collection package.

The Corsair has greater passing power with 2.3-liter, but the difference isn't dramatic. Some buyers might not notice it at all in city driving. EPA ratings are still pending, but we expect the 2.3-liter to get slightly worse fuel economy.

Passenger & Cargo Capacity

The Corsair seats up to five, and the rear seats slide and recline independently. Cargo space is 27.6 cubic feet behind the second row, or 57.6 cubic feet with the seats folded. That's comparable to other compact luxury crossovers, which tend to favor style over utility.

Lincoln Corsair

Safety Features

The Corsair comes standard with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a suite of active safety equipment that includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors.

An expanded Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus version is available on both trims for $3,050. It adds adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, reverse automatic emergency braking, front parking sensors, and an advanced park assist system.

Safety ratings from NHTSA and IIHS aren't available yet. The Corsair should perform at least as well as the MKC, which consistently rated above average.


The Corsair gets an 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Also included is a wi-fi hotspot, SiriusXM radio, and four USB ports – two in the front and two in the second row.

The Standard trim carries a 10-speaker Lincoln audio system, while the Reserve gets a Revel unit with 14 speakers. Navigation is standard on the Reserve, and available on the Standard.

Lincoln Corsair

Standard - From $36,940

The Standard model showcases its luxury status with standard features like 10-way power and heated front seats with memory functionality for the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, and dual-zone climate control.

Navigation and button-activated folding second-row seats are available in the $1,650 Standard I Equipment Collection, which also adds ambient interior lighting and a universal garage door opener. Buyers must select this to access a lot of additional features (such as AWD), so very few models will be produced without it.

Buyers can bring the Corsair into full luxury territory with the $2,500 Premium Package that adds a panoramic sunroof, front leather seats, and 19-inch wheels. Ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are part of the $1,100 Elements Package.

Reserve - From $43,625

The Reserve comes standard with the panoramic sunroof, leather seating, a hands-free liftgate, the power-folding second row, and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

Buyers can get the features of the Co-Pilot360 Plus and Elements Package bundled in the Reserve I Equipment Collection for $4,150. This is required to upgrade to the more powerful 2.3-liter engine.

To get a loaded Corsair, opt for the $11,540 Reserve II Equipment Collection. It adds the contents of the Reserve I, 24-way power front seats, wireless charging, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and an adaptive suspension. It also includes a "phone as a key" feature that lets the driver lock, unlock, start, or open the liftgate with their smartphone.

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The Standard model's attractive base price doesn't reflect how most buyers will want their 2020 Lincoln Corsair. With luxuries like leather seats and a sunroof standard, the Reserve is the better value.

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Expert Review

  • Handsome design
  • Top-notch interior
  • Quiet and composed
  • Generous standard features
  • Can get expensive quick
  • Available 2.3-liter engine still leaves us wanting
  • No hybrid model yet
  • Nothing sporty about it
Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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No-excuses luxury vehicle. The 2020 Lincoln Corsair, which replaces the old MKC, embodies the brand's newfound direction. In recent times, Lincoln has a reputation for not meeting true luxury standards with copy-and-pasted Ford products. The Corsair is doing its best to lead a product renaissance with its distinctive design, elegant interior, and new emphasis on luxury – all done proudly and boldly in the American tradition.

Elegance exemplified. In the quest to stand out, a lot of brands have gotten carried away with extroverted designs – just look the latest Lexus lineup for proof. The Lincoln Corsair dismisses these ugly-sweater contests.

The aesthetic ethos here recalls the brand's seminal 1961 Continental – dapper, refined, and restrained. There are no awkward proportions or forced lines. From nearly any angle, the Corsair's sheet metal just looks right.

It's a theme that carries over into the interior. The horizontally-oriented dashboard offers a sense of width that belies the littlest Lincoln's tidy dimensions. First-rate materials cover nearly all surfaces and wouldn't be out of place in the brand's $80-grand Navigator. Seats are supremely comfortable, and the available 24-way adjustable units will have you wishing your commute was longer.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that there are no pretenses of sport to be found; the luxury here is of a serene sort. Forget about things like carbon fiber and blacked-out trim, performance option packages, or paddle shifters sprouting from the steering wheel. That the interior chimes were recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra emphasizes the kind of luxury Lincoln is aspiring to build.

Quiet competence. Like most of its peers in the market, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the Lincoln Corsair's standard powerplant. This particular unit makes 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, which is about in line with the rest of the class. It operates without drama or fanfare and has plenty of power to overtake traffic and take on hills.

If you're hankering for more, there's an available 2.3-liter turbo-four that's good for 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On paper, it's a sizable power bump that looks as if it would inject some verve into the Corsair. In reality, we found the extra oomph only came into play while passing on the interstate or chugging up a grade. Around town, the bigger engine's reserve of additional power remains largely unnoticed. All-wheel drive is mandatory with this motor.

Both engines hook up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission that's as unobtrusive as a good butler. If you're trying to get a bit more rowdy, the Excite mode, which would be called Sport in nearly any other car or crossover, cuts out the top two gears and will hold the remaining gears longer before shifting.

Perhaps this is a nod to our sport-obsessed era, but such a drive mode seems to fly in the face of what the Corsair is all about and feels gimmicky as a result. It's like seeing your dentist wearing cleats around their office – it just doesn't jive.

Still in the works is a hybrid variant that should return better mileage than the EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined for the 2.0-liter and 24 mpg for the 2.3-liter. If it can top the 31 mpg combined of the hybrid Lexus NX 300h, the gas-electric Corsair will steal the title of most efficient in its class.

Over the road, the Lincoln's suspension is composed and competent, You'd never guess the basic underpinnings are shared with the new Ford Escape. Lincoln ensured this would be the case by using a more upmarket suspension compared to that found under the Ford.

They've stuffed a good bit more sound deadening throughout as well. The result is a tomb of a car that lets in little of the outside world. Those seeking an automotive isolation chamber won't be disappointed by the Corsair.

Lincoln Corsair

Questionable value. So, the Lincoln Corsair has got decent powertrains, some suave-looking sheet metal, and a ritzy interior. Is there anything not to like? Yes, the value proposition.

Base models start at an entirely appropriate $36,940, but things shoot up fast from there. If you want the bells and whistles, Lincoln has bundled them in such a way that you'll be possibly spending five figures just to get one or two particular options.

Case in point are the available 24-way seats. They appear on the online configurator as a standalone option, but they're in fact only available on Reserve models equipped with the Reserve II Package. That upgrade costs a princely $11,180 by itself; with the seats, it comes to $12,490.

A less egregious example is the Technology Package that's available on the Reserve trim. It's supposedly a $2,000 option that bundles wireless charging, a phone-as-a-key option, jewel LED lights, and a 12.3-inch digital cluster. But Lincoln won't let you have it without the $4,150 Reserve I Package. The total upcharge comes to $6,150.

All this is to say that the flagship features don't come cheap on the Corsair. And Lincoln's strategy with the options and packages means it isn't very difficult to wind up with a fully-loaded $60,000-plus Corsair.

That's a bottom-line price thousands more than that of a comparable Cadillac XT4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, or BMW X3. A fully-loaded Acura RDX is a downright bargain compared to this Lincoln.

For a brand still digging itself out of a Town Car-sized grave, is such lofty pricing justified? It's up to the consumer to make that call. But in a segment where the badge on the hood matters, a $60 grand compact Lincoln seems like a hard sell against the cheaper and more highly esteemed European competition.

Final thoughts. Some products are merely tasked with carrying the torch from their predecessor. The 2020 Lincoln Corsair faces the challenge of raising up a freshly lit torch and holding it high in amidst some very tough competition.

And yet it manages to do just that. Inside and out, the Corsair is convincingly posh. There are no traces of a Ford product to be seen, touched, or felt. There's silence and indulgence in equally generous measures. It is, in short, a proper luxury crossover for the modern era.

As expensive as it is, the Corsair is proof of Lincoln's successful return to the business of building luxury cars. Look for it to start impressing brand snobs everywhere.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
8-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
57.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
102 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.6 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
64.1 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
38.7 "
Front Legroom
43.2 "
Rear Legroom
38.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,691 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Lincoln Soft Touch Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Blind Spot Detection With Cross-traffic Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Centering Assist (lca) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear / Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Active Park Assist Plus Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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