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The Lincoln Corsair is a compact SUV with the style of its larger siblings. We look at trim levels, safety features, and more. Find our thoughts here.   

What’s New for the 2022 Lincoln Corsair?

No gigantic changes make their way into the Corsair for 2022. Instead, a number of smaller adjustments have been made. For example, a new Luxury package offers a heads-up display and a 13-speaker Revel audio system on the Reserve and Grand Touring models.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $37,775

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

22 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Quiet and comfortable cabin

Smooth ride quality

Lots of standard features

Limited configurability

Some cheap materials

Dull to drive

Could use a bigger screen

2022 Lincoln Specs

Trims & Pricing

Standard - $37,775
Reserve - $42,605
Grand Touring - $53,005

2022 Lincoln Corsair Powertrain

2022 Lincoln Corsair 2.5L I4 - Jonathan Sewell on Youtube
2022 Lincoln Corsair 2.5L I4 - Jonathan Sewell on Youtube

Lincoln offers the Corsair with a trio of engines. The standard and reserve trims get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic and front wheel drive. Both trims can add AWD as an option. They can also add a Sports package that includes a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 295 horsepower and standard AWD.

Keep in mind that AWD adds weight so both the 2.0 and the 2.3 are similarly quick in a straight line. Where the 2.3 really stands out is on the highway where passing power comes at a premium.

2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com

The eight-speed transmission is silky smooth too and it makes for a very comfortable cruiser. Just the same, the Corsair isn’t really a sharp driver’s crossover no matter how you spec it. It’s meant to be a bit soft and it nails that just fine.

Above the 2.3-L engine is a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid four-cylinder with 266 horsepower. It’s standard on the Grand Touring trim and It sends power to all four wheels through a CVT and it’s the least engaging from behind the wheel. The additional heft of the onboard electronics slows it considerably.

Disappointingly, the only engine available for the Grand Touring is the plug-in hybrid. We’d love to see Lincoln open up configurability to the extent that we could at least option the 2.3-liter engine on the GT. It seems strange to make the most expensive trim the slowest.

2022 Lincoln Corsair Fuel Economy & MPG

Despite its diminutive size, the Corsair isn’t a class-leading fuel sipper. The punchy 2.3-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The 2.0 improves to 22 and 29 respectively. The PHEV does much better with scores of 78 MPGe and 33 MPG combined. It can go up to 28 miles on battery power alone.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Lincoln does a beautiful job of layering the Corsair with luxury touches. The seats are especially impressive compared to rivals in the space as they’re more adjustable, more comfortable, and look better too. The dash is a bit of a mixed bag on the Standard edition as you’ll find some hard cheap plastics on it. Nevertheless, the overall theme of the Corsair cabin is luxury and class thanks to clever art deco design touches.

The switchgear feels good to use in practice too. Some features like the joysticks on the steering wheel might take a little getting used to. The design is simple and elegant without the over-designed fussiness we’ve found in other vehicles. The rear seats are short on headroom for taller folks but otherwise spacious enough to shuttle four adults in comfort.

Entertainment & Technology

2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com

The entire Corsair lineup utilizes an 8-inch infotainment system with Ford’s Sync3 user interface. While not as sharp and feature packed as some rival systems we like it overall. It’s easy to use, quick to respond, and has big bright graphics. Those who want them will find both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features too.

Ahead of the driver is a 6.5-inch digital display in most models but a larger 12.3-inch digital cluster is also available. On top of that, a heads-up display is optional on the Grand Touring Trim. Lincoln also offers a special 13-speaker sound system but we like the standard 10-speaker package too.

Safety Features

The Corsair has a great safety record including a 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Granted, the former only applies to the Corsair when it’s equipped with LED projector headlights. On top of that, every trim level comes with forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Other features like adaptive cruise control are available via the Co-Pilot360 package.

2022 Lincoln Corsair Trims & Pricing

2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Corsair - lincoln.com

Standard – $37,775

The base Corsair starts out the 2.0-liter engine, front-wheel drive, and an eight speed automatic. On top of that it gets 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory settings, an 8-inch infotainment system with 10 speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and remote start.

Safety technology for the 2022 Lincoln Corsair includes lane-departure warning, forward collision mitigation, and blind-spot monitoring.

Buyers can add a number of packages including:

  • A Sport package adds the 2.3-liter engine, AWD, 20-inch wheels, and unique styling touches.
  • The Co-Pilot360 1.5 Plus package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, evasive steering assist, and parking sensors. The Technology package includes adaptive headlights, 24-way adjustable front seats, a hands-free liftgate, a wireless charging pad, and additional USB power ports.
  • The Luxury package includes a 13-speaker Revel sound system and a heads-up display.
  • An Elements package adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
2022 Lincoln Corsair Reserve - lincoln.com

Reserve – $42,605

The Reserve trim adds 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a digital gauge cluster, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and auto-dimming mirrors.

2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring - lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring - lincoln.com

Grand Touring -$53,005

As the top trim, the Grand Touring comes with the plug-in hybrid powertrain as well as AWD, a panoramic sunroof, an adaptive suspension, and unique exterior trim.

Warranties

A four-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year or 70,000-mile powertrain warranty comes with every Corsair. Lincoln doesn’t offer any complimentary maintenance. That package is slightly better than you’ll find on most rivals but some offer free maintenance to make up the difference.

What we think

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The standard Corsair with the Sports package and the Co-Pilot360 package is probably the one we’d go for as it’s loaded with great standard features and includes the best motor and all the available safety equipment without breaking the bank.

The Grand Touring trim only makes sense to us if one is really set on having a plug-in hybrid since there are a number of more compelling PHEV options for compact luxury SUVs. Overall, the Corsair is a very nice crossover with an emphasis on comfort and luxury above all else.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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