Although it shares its platform with the Ford Escape crossover the 2022 Lincoln Corsair adds enough Lincoln-brand style, luxury, and high-end features to hide its mainstream roots. Refined road manners make the Corsair a good choice for those seeking comfort and solace while cruising, but some drivers will find its lack of athleticism a bit of a snooze when it comes to taking on curvy roads. Most models come with either a turbocharged 2.0- or 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available but only on the expensive Grand Touring trim. Rivals such as the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class offer more driving verve, but if your idea of luxury aligns with Lincoln’s unique take on premium motoring, the Corsair is sure to please.
What’s New for 2022?
The Corsair sees some options-package changes for 2022. The new Luxury package is optional on Reserve and Grand Touring models and includes a head-up display and a 13-speaker Revel stereo system, while a more comprehensive Elements Technology package is new to the Grand Touring trim and adds LED fog lamps, a hands-free power liftgate, rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive LED headlamps, 24-way Perfect Position front seats, additional USB ports, ambient interior lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. Bronze Smoke Metallic, Elite Blue Metallic, and Ocean Drive Blue Metallic replace Artisan Blue, Burgundy Velvet, and Iced Mocha on the color palette.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Reserve trim is where it’s at. For the large step up in price, Lincoln provides several must-have items such as 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, fog lamps, a 14-speaker Revel stereo system, in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, a power-adjustable steering column, genuine wood interior trim, and heated front seats covered in Bridge of Weir leather with 10-way power adjustability and memory settings for the driver. From there, we’d exercise caution, as the Corsair’s option packages carry big price tags. We’d also recommend sticking with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as its performance is very similar to the more expensive 2.3-liter’s.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Two turbocharged four-cylinder engines from the MKC carry over. That means either a 250-hp 2.0-liter or 280-hp 2.3-liter four. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the smaller engine, buyers can choose from either front- or all-wheel drive, but opting for the 2.3-liter brings all-wheel drive as standard. We tested both engines with all-wheel drive and found that their acceleration performance is almost identical; the smaller engine managed a 60-mph run in 6.1 seconds while the 2.3-liter did the deed in 6.0 seconds flat. Both are quicker than the old MKC, which delivered an adequate but unexciting 7.3-second 60-mph time. Key rivals such as the Q5 and the GLC300 are quicker and more satisfying to drive, though. The plug-in-hybrid model pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor, a CVT, and all-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Choosing the more powerful of the two turbocharged engines doesn’t negatively impact fuel economy much. According to the EPA, the 2.3-liter model with all-wheel drive sees 1 less mpg on the highway to the all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter model. The Corsair’s most efficient nonhybrid model—the front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter—earns EPA ratings of 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. We’ve tested both engines with all-wheel drive; the 2.0-liter managed 30 mpg in our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test while the 2.3-liter returned 29 mpg. Lincoln says the plug-in-hybrid model—which we have not yet tested—will provide up to 25 miles of all-electric driving range; EPA fuel economy estimates for that model are still pending. For more information about the Corsair’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2022 Corsair boasts a handsome cabin that’s similar to those in other SUV offerings from Lincoln, such as the Navigator, Nautilus, and Aviator. It’s upholstered in soft leather and offers plenty of features. Adjustable ambient lighting, 24-way power-adjustable seats, a head-up display, and an app that allows users to unlock, lock, and start the vehicle with their smartphone are all available—although ordering such items will add a princely sum to the bottom line. Surprisingly, Lincoln says a top-spec Black Label model of the Corsair is not in the cards. The Beyond Blue interior theme shown at the Corsair’s debut at the New York auto show is available. It adds turquoise-colored leather to the dashboard, door panels, and seats. The Corsair’s cargo bay is generously sized. We managed to fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats, beating the X3 by one case. Lowering the rear seatbacks opens up enough room for 21 cases total.
Infotainment and Connectivity
An 8.0-inch touchscreen running Lincoln’s Sync 3 infotainment system is standard, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is optional. The interface is fairly easy to use, and handy joysticks on the steering wheel help the driver avoid reaching for the screen too often. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration come on every model but in-dash navigation costs extra on the base Standard trim. Going with the Reserve model swaps the Corsair’s 10-speaker stereo system for a 14-speaker Revel setup and adds SiriusXM satellite radio with real-time traffic and weather updates.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
All models come standard with a suite of driver-assistance features that Lincoln calls Co-Pilot360, but unlocking high-tech assists such as a self-parking feature or adaptive cruise control requires upgrading to the optional Co-Pilot360 Plus system. For more information about the Corsair’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Lincoln’s standard powertrain warranty is more generous than its German rivals’. Buyers of Lincoln’s Black Label models are treated to a four-year/50,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, but because the Corsair isn’t offered in the Black Label trim, its buyers will have to go out of pocket for all oil changes, tire rotations, and the like.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance