The Corsair is a compact SUV in the Lincoln family. It made its grand debut in 2020 and quickly impressed drivers with its long list of standard equipment and satisfying drive. Since this is only the second year for the SUV, it is not surprising that the 2021 Lincoln Corsair sees mostly minor changes, with one major exception.
What's New for 2021?
A new Grand Touring trim level will be available for the 2021 Lincoln Corsair. On top of some upscale upgrades, this model stands out with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Drivers can now also consider the Monochromatic Package that Lincoln offers on many of their vehicles when they choose the new Corsair.
With three different powertrains, drivers can easily find a model that meets their driving needs. Standard is a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder that creates 250-horsepower for the Corsair. This engine pairs standard with front-wheel drive but can be upgraded to all-wheel drive as well. It also pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The second option is a turbo 2.3L four-cylinder that produces 295-horsepower. This engine does an even better job of moving the Corsair around town and is always paired with all-wheel drive and the same transmission. The new plug-in hybrid option combines a turbo 2.5L four-cylinder with two electric motors. It creates 266-horsepower and moves with a CVT.
Exact fuel economy numbers vary based on engine selection. That said, all models of the 2021 Corsair are efficient. With its base engine and front-wheel drive, buyers are looking at 22mpg city and 29mpg highway. A step up to all-wheel drive means dipping down to 21mpg city but taking no loss on the highway.
With its 2.3L engine, the AWD Corsair is estimated to get 21mpg city and 28mpg highway. Official numbers for the plug-in hybrid have not been released. Lincoln does estimate a 25-mile all-electric range for the vehicle.
Whether buyers stick to the standard infotainment system or opt for the upgrade, the Corsair shows off impressive technology. The entry-level model is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10-speaker audio system, and more. Satellite radio is included as well.
Depending on the trim, buyers can get high-tech touches to make life easier. Navigation, wireless device charging, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are all available. A 14-speaker audio system from Revel is also offered.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2021 Corsair five out of five stars after conducting crash testing on it. Five stars were awarded for both frontal and side collisions. Rollover testing resulted in four stars, which is pretty common, especially for SUVs.
Many of today's hottest driver aids are among the standard features. It comes with automatic high beams, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and more. The list of available driver aids is nearly as long and includes adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, and a park assist feature.
While there are a few rivals that beat it, the 2021 Corsair offers a generous amount of cargo space. There are 27.6 cubic feet behind the second-row and 57.6 cubic feet behind the first. A power liftgate comes standard and helps to make the Corsair an even more practical choice. Optional upgrades include a hands-free liftgate and power-folding rear seats.
Each trim level of the Corsair comes standard with high-quality materials that help to cement the SUV's luxury status. If buyers stick with the Standard, they get aluminum accents along with leatherette upholstery. At the other end of the trim ladder is the Reserve, which is even more upscale thanks to genuine wood trim and leather upholstery.
There are three different trim levels, as well as a variety of equipment packages, to look at when considering the 2021 Corsair. The trims are called the Standard, Reserve, and Grand Touring. On top of the tech and safety features already mentioned, the Standard trim level comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and heated front seats.
When choosing the Reserve trim level, buyers are adding a panoramic moonroof, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. This trim is also eligible for the 2.3L engine upgrade. The new Grand Touring trim level gets 24-way power-adjustment for the front seats, standard all-wheel drive, and the plug-in powertrain.
Ultimately, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair is the complete package and should be able to stand out in the crowded luxury SUV market. Give it a try today.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Lincoln Corsair MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.