This week, I am On the MOVE with the 2020 Lincoln Corsair to tour around Ontario as part of my “Ontario Travel Series” segment. And this Corsair comes in a very exquisite “Iced Mocha Metallic” body paint, giving this SUV a luxurious look. I have to admit, usually, I am not a big fan of champagne or beige body paint (remember those champagne Toyota Corollas?). But this Iced Mocha Metallic works perfectly with the black and chrome components on this SUV. I have hardly seen any other SUVs that offers such an unique and prestige colour combination.
After driving this Corsair for a good few days touring around Ontario, let me give you my overall product review of this ride. I will tell you what are the Pros (What I like) and Cons (What I dislike).
Profile: 2020 Lincoln Corsair
Body Type: 4 door, 5 passengers
Trim Level: Standard
MSRP: $42,200 CDN (as listed on Lincoln Canada’s official website)
Engine Type: 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo, 250 hp & 275 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Fuel Consumption: Hwy 8.1L/100 KM (29 mpg), City 11.0L/100 KM 21 mpg)
This 2020 Lincoln Corsair is the latest addition to the Lincoln SUV family. This compact luxury SUV is slotted beneath the Lincoln Nautilus. Although it is considered as the smallest sibling in the Lincoln family, it still offers lots of space and room inside the vehicle and it’s still a good size driving machine.
It is a 4-door SUV sitting 5 passengers. It comes with the standard 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo that pumps out 250hp and 275 lb-feet of torque, which is quite decent. Quite honestly, before I stepped foot into this Corsair, I have no expectations and thinking it may just be any other typical SUVs. And I was so wrong! I was super impressed how impressive this Corsair was. Lincoln has come a long way in building such a fun to drive and refined SUV, it looks luxurious outside and inside. The entire SUV was a total package. It was one of the few media fleet that I fall in luv with and really didn’t want to return the vehicle after my 1-week test driving. It’s just that good!
MoVernie FUN FACT: Did you know that….Lincoln is one of the few remaining brands that still uses words to name its own models? Many other brands have opted to label their vehicles with names such as “A5; X6; CX-9; GLE, etc.
Pros (What I like):
– Luxurious Exquisite Look: I have to admit, when I first realized that my test vehicle was going to be this “Iced Mocha Metallic” body paint, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I fear anything champagne colour would be too old-school. But after I began driving it around town, it began to grew on me and I could understand why this is a popular colour by many Corsair owners (as as I was told). Lincoln designers have done an amazing job in putting all the black components, chrome components and blending them so well with the Iced Mocha Metallic body paint.
– Surprising Power & Acceleration: On paper, the Corsair comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine that pumps out a respectable 250 hp. Honestly, based on the small 2.0L placement, I thought it would only deliver ok power. But I was so wrong! This Corsair has surprisingly fast take off, great acceleration, very fun to drive. If this 2.0L is already fun to drive, I can’t imagine what it’s like driving with the optional 2.3L 4-cylinder turbo that pumps out 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
– Excellent Handling: Perhaps this Corsair stance ain’t as high up as other SUVs, it has a nice stabilize suspension and it was easy to turn around the corners and handle very well on twisty roads. And the suspension was very comfy to drive around even on bumpy roads.
– Responsive Brakes: The brakes on this Corsair was very responsive. It gives me a sense of confidence that when I need to brake, the vehicle can stop in a responsive fashion.
– Cool Features: This Corsair offers some cool features such as the ambient setting that you can choose the lights that ambient within your vehicle, based on whatever mood that you like. If you feel like purple, choose purple or blue. Another feature that I like is the Lincoln logo projection outside both doors during the evening to give you illumination of the vehicle, it’s a nice touch and give you that VIP experience.
– Piano Keys Transmission: In the Corsair, there is no hand brake and no transmission gear to shift with. Lincoln designers give this Corsair an unique way to change gears in your vehicle. They have what they called “Piano Keys” at the central console. Instead of shifting gears, you simply press “D” to move forward, press “R” to reverse. It took me a while to get used to it especially when I was trying to make a 3-point turn. But as I got used to it. It was interesting. Do I like it? Not really as I prefer the traditional shifting gears feel to it, but the piano keys does the job and provide the drver a new twist into the ultimate driving experience.
– Rich Interior Material and Layout: The interior of this Corsair “Wow” me! The leather seats are comfy and it’s very supportive. All the materials inside this vehicle are top notch with high quality everywhere.
– Great Audio System: High end speakers and the aluminum material on the speakers are so slick, giving it a luxurious finish.
– Super Quiet Cabin: Especially during highway speeds, you hardly can hear any noise outside of your windows. The Corsair uses high quality material to ensure the cabin is peaceful and quiet if you need it. Or when you want to blast the music, it gives you that high quality surround sound as if you are actually at the symphony or concert.
Cons (What I Dislike):
– Weird Trim Level Names: I am not a big fan of the naming convention Lincoln uses on the trim levels on the Corsair. They label them as “Standard” and “Reserve”, it’s just odd to me. If I am paying for a luxurious SUV, I don’t think I want to call it “Standard”, sounds so vanilla and basic. And what does “Reserve” means? Am I too timid and reserve? Or did I reserve this vehicle? It’s not a big deal as it’s not the end of the world, but I prefer to tell my friends that I am driving a Civic Type-R or Impreza STi vs saying “I am driving a Corsair Standard”.
As you can see, there isn’t much bad I can think of about this Corsair. It’s a total package. I am impressed that this entry level Lincoln can offers so much luxury than its rivals. Everything is on point with this vehicle. I am impressed. Lincoln just need to find ways to convert customers who buys Japanese and European SUVs to start buying Lincoln SUVs.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience with the Lincoln Corsair. This vehicle impresses me and surprises me the most! Before I drove this Corsair, I thought it would just be any typical SUV. Lincoln has elevate its game so much. The 2.0L standard engine pumps out decent power, good pickup and smooth acceleration. Very comfortable ride with good suspension and handling. It uses rich material for the interior and have many interesting advanced technologies. If this 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo is this fun, I can’t wait to see how the more powerful 2.3L 4-cylinder turbo with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft torque would flare. Moreover, I was told massage chairs is an option. Wow! I have not expected this compact crossover will have massage feature as an option. Usually, this type of luxurious feature are only available for $100,000+ SUVs.
Special shout out to Lincoln Canada and Media Profile for providing me with this Corsair for a week of test drive experience!
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair was provided by Lincoln Canada and Media Profile. However, as always, the opinions expressed in this post is entirely my own.