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2021 Lincoln Corsair - Featured in the Top 5 Best Luxury Compact SUVs

21 Nov
posted: 21/11/2022

2021 Lincoln Corsair - Featured in the Top 5 Best Luxury Compact SUVs

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The compact crossover Lincoln Corsair, the heir to the MKC model, a colleague of the new generation Ford Kuga/Escape SUV, debuted in New York. The C2 global platform allowed the car not only to improve handling and increase body rigidity, but also to tighten up the electronics. Among the advantages of the Corsair, there are the standard set of Lincoln Co-Pilot360 security systems and the Phone as a Key technology. It makes it possible not only to open and start the machine, but also to create a personal settings profile for many systems, automatically activated upon login. If the phone is stolen or lost, the function can be canceled remotely.


Crossover Lincoln MKC appeared in 2013. It was built on the Global C platform, like the Kuga/Escape of the time. In fact, the model can be imagined as a more luxuriously decorated Kugu in Lincoln's signature design.

In 2017, a restyling was carried out. The most changed is the front part, which received a new grille (photo on the collage at the bottom right). At the same time, the capabilities of the Lincoln Way mobile application were expanded, and automatic braking became responsive to pedestrians. Demand for MKC isn't huge, but it's surprisingly stable. In 2016, 25,562 cars were bought in the USA, in 2017 - 27,048, in 2018 - 26,241.

What's new

Three new colors: Bronze Smoke Metallic, Elite Blue Metallic and Ocean Drive Blue Metallic.

The Luxury package on Reserve and Grand Touring trim levels adds a head-up display and a 13-speaker audio system.

General impression

Corsair's greatest strength is that Lincoln doesn't compromise on luxury when downsizing its large SUVs. At times, Corsair can even seem like a baby Navigator.

Sure, the Corsair has a lot in common with the native Ford Escape, but Lincoln has done a particularly impressive job of improving those fundamentals. The interior is a treat, with art deco design elements and high quality materials. Solid-feeling switches and chic sound quality from the audio system remind the driver that this is not Escape.

The soft and quiet ride also helps to set the Corsair apart. With precise steering, this little Lincoln feels pretty decent around corners, and the optional AWD system even allows for some rally antics. However, the brakes seemed a bit too grippy. Basically, though, the Corsair delivers a relaxing, enjoyable ride.

Lincoln's small SUV deserves attention for its style, comfort and distinctive stamp of luxury.

Performance and Efficiency

Lincoln offers three different four-cylinder engine options for its smallest SUV. The base variant includes standard FWD and available AWD; more powerful turbo-fours and plug-in hybrid powertrains - AWD only.

Safety ratings and features

The Corsair is one of the safest SUVs on the market, but for that, you need to pay attention to the options. According to the IIHS, Corsair deserved the 2021 Top Safety Pick of the Year. Corsair earns a five-star overall safety rating for its performance in NHTSA crash tests.

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and automatic high beams are standard on Corsair. Buyers looking for more active safety can opt for the Co-Pilot360 Plus package, which adds adaptive cruise control, park assist, reverse brake assist, a 360-degree camera system, and front and rear parking sensors.

Cargo and interior space

Corsair offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage. Compared to the 2022 Acura RDX, the Corsair is slightly inferior in trunk space, but has legroom advantages front and rear.


No matter which trim level you choose, every Corsair is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is a 6.5-inch instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel. A 12.3" fully digital instrument cluster is available. Corsair comes standard with a 10-speaker audio system, while the Corsair Reserve and Grand Touring trims can be ordered with a premium 13-speaker ELS system.

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