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2021 Lincoln Corsair Review

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair finishes in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It boasts a high-end cabin with plenty of standard features, but it isn’t as enjoyable to drive as some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, comfortable cabin
  • Lengthy list of standard features
  • User-friendly infotainment interface
  • Smaller touch screen than some rivals
  • Less engaging driving dynamics than classmates

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.9 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Lincoln Corsair a Good SUV?

Yes, the Lincoln Corsair is a good luxury compact SUV. Inside, the Corsair has adult-friendly seating in its two rows of seats, about average cargo capacity, and a user-friendly infotainment interface. From a performance standpoint, this Lincoln is a comfortable cruiser. On the flip side, the Corsair doesn't stand out in any way, and its standard touch screen is smaller than those of some class rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us: 7 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed seven Lincoln Corsair reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2021 Corsair review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2020.

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Should I Buy the Lincoln Corsair?

The Corsair’s low starting price and ample number of standard safety and infotainment features help make it a great value. However, shoppers willing to spend more should consider the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q5. Both vehicles are posh and offer peppier engine options.

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2020 vs. 2021 Lincoln Corsair: What's the Difference?

The Corsair debuted as an all-new SUV for the 2020 model year, replacing the Lincoln MKC. For 2021, Lincoln introduces a plug-in-hybrid variant of the Corsair: the Grand Touring trim. Otherwise, the 2020 and 2021 models are nearly identical.

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If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2020 Corsair review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Lincoln Corsair Cost?

Starting at $35,945, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair has a below-average base price for a luxury compact SUV. The midlevel Reserve trim starts at $42,890, and the new plug-in-hybrid Grand Touring trim starts at $50,230. All-wheel drive is an additional $2,200 in the first two trims and standard in the Grand Touring.

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Lincoln Corsair Versus the Competition

Lincoln Corsair vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has spacious, comfortable seats and a user-friendly infotainment system with a large 10.25-inch touch screen in its elegant cabin. The GLC comes in two body styles, and there are five powerful engines to choose from, including the 503-horsepower twin-turbo V8 in the top-tier AMG GLC 63 S. This Mercedes has a cushioned ride, but it's more engaging to drive than the Lincoln. Both vehicles have average cargo capacities and solid fuel economy figures. When it comes down to it, the GLC is a slightly more well-rounded vehicle. If you can foot the bill, go for the GLC. If not, the Corsair is still a good pick that costs several thousand dollars less.

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Lincoln Corsair vs. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 doesn't have as much cargo space as the Corsair, and it isn’t as feature-filled, but it has sharper handling and quicker acceleration. The Audi comes standard with all-wheel drive, which costs extra in the Lincoln, and still manages to provide typical fuel economy estimates. Like the Corsair, the Q5 boasts high-quality interior materials, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and adult-friendly seating. The Lincoln makes an appealing case, but the Audi is a more luxurious SUV.

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Corsair Interior: Lavish and Comfortable

Corsair Cargo Space

The Corsair's cargo capacity is about average. Behind the back row, there's 27.6 cubic feet of room, and folding the seats down increases the space to 57.6 cubic feet. A power liftgate is standard, while power-folding rear seats and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

How Many People Does the Corsair Seat?

Five people can sit inside the Corsair's cabin, which is praised for its spacious seating in both rows. You can also slide the rear seats back to create additional legroom. The driver will appreciate the standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats and driver's seat memory settings. Optional seating features include 24-way power-adjustable front seats.

Corsair and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. Plus, there's a tether anchor for the rear middle seat, and the middle seat can borrow lower anchors from the outer seats. This LATCH system is exceptionally easy to use.

Corsair Interior Quality

The Corsair features upscale cabin materials no matter which model you decide on. The Standard model comes with synthetic leather upholstery and aluminum accents, while the Reserve comes with genuine leather upholstery and wood trim.

Corsair Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Corsair comes standard with a user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system. The system has nicely arranged menus, sharp graphics, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Smartphone integration technology via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 10-speaker premium stereo
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, a 14-speaker Revel stereo, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and remote start
  • Other available features: a household-style power outlet, a universal garage door opener, and a panoramic roof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Corsair Performance: Solid and Smooth

Corsair Engine

This Lincoln is available with three powertrains, and any one of them should satisfy most drivers. The base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 250 horsepower, while the upgraded 2.3-liter turbo-four makes 295 horsepower. Some critics think these engines are similarly potent, while others say the 2.3-liter’s additional horsepower is noticeable. Both provide plenty of power for your daily commute. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.

A plug-in-hybrid trim is newly available for the 2021 model year. It comes with a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine and two electric motors that combine to make 266 horsepower. It's paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Corsair Gas Mileage

Official gas mileage figures are unavailable for the 2021 Corsair. However, the nearly identical 2020 model with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are typical figures for a luxury compact SUV. With all-wheel drive, the city estimate drops by 1 mpg. 2020 models with the 2.3-liter engine and AWD earn 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

According to Lincoln, the new Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid has a 25-mile all-electric range.

Corsair Ride and Handling

The Corsair doesn’t have the athletic handling or acceleration of rivals like the Audi Q5, but it maintains a comfortable ride around corners and comes standard with several drive modes. The Excite mode, which is essentially a sport mode, is designed to make the ride more engaging. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available in the Standard and Reserve trims and standard in the Grand Touring trim.

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Corsair Reliability

Is the Lincoln Corsair Reliable?

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Lincoln Corsair Warranty

The 2021 Corsair comes with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Corsair Safety

Corsair Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Corsair an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has not yet tested the 2021 Corsair.

Corsair Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lincoln's MyKey (lets you do things like set audio volume and speed limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control
  • Speed-limit sign recognition
  • Lane centering assist
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Front parking sensors
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Active Park Assist Plus (automatic parking)
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Head-up display
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Read more about safety »

Corsair Dimensions and Weight

The Corsair is about 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,691 to 3,851 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Built?

Lincoln builds the 2021 Corsair in Kentucky.

Which Lincoln Corsair Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair comes in three trims: Standard, Reserve, and Grand Touring. The base Standard trim is a solid pick that comes with loads of safety, infotainment, and comfort features. The main reason to step up to the Reserve trim is for its slightly stronger available engine and nicer cabin materials. The Grand Touring is the plug-in-hybrid version of this SUV. You can add all-wheel drive to the first two trims for $2,200, and the Grand Touring trim comes standard with it.

Lincoln Corsair Standard

The Standard trim starts at $35,945 and comes with a SYNC 3 infotainment system that features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 10-speaker premium stereo. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, driver's seat memory settings, sliding second-row seats, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, heated outside mirrors, and a power liftgate.

Several active safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and Lincoln's MyKey system.

The Standard I Equipment Collection package adds a power-folding rear seat, interior ambient lighting, a universal garage door opener, and navigation. The Elements package adds heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Premium package adds genuine leather seats and a panoramic roof.

The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus package includes a surround-view parking camera system, automatic parking assist, front parking sensors, evasive steering assist, reverse automatic emergency braking, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, speed-limit sign recognition, and lane centering assist.

Lincoln Corsair Reserve

The Reserve trim (MSRP: $42,890) comes with the base trim's features and powertrain, as well as genuine leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding rear seats, a panoramic roof, a hands-free power liftgate, navigation, and a 14-speaker Revel stereo.

The Reserve I package includes a surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, automatic parking assist, evasive steering assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, reverse automatic emergency braking, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, speed-limit sign recognition, lane centering assist, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Reserve II package adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, adaptive headlights, 24-way power-adjustable front seats, and wireless device charging.

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

The plug-in-hybrid Grand Touring trim starts at $50,230. It features a 2.5-liter engine, two electric motors, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It also comes with 24-way power-adjustable front seats.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lincoln dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lincoln deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair is a luxury compact SUV with a long list of standard safety and infotainment features and a roomy, top-notch interior. However, it isn’t an ideal choice if an engaging drive is a high priority.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Now in its sophomore year, the Lincoln Corsair is a compact and attractive luxury SUV that is helping the brand enjoy a bit of renaissance. It’s based on the chassis of the Ford Escape, but Lincoln has done an excellent job of making the Corsair look and feel like the premium compact crossover SUV it is." -- Autotrader
  • "Looking like a slimmed down Aviator, the Lincoln Corsair distills the luxury automaker's new design language down to the compact-SUV class, where it's one of few American nameplates to choose from. … The Corsair takes the same path as the larger Aviator and Navigator SUV, prioritizing comfort and style over driving enjoyment, and for many buyers, we expect that'll be quite enough." -- Car and Driver
  • "… the Corsair impresses us a luxurious and practical vehicle that’s small on the outside, but big in the areas of style, safety, tech, and performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
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