The stylish Corsair is the latest entry in the small luxury SUV segment that shares a platform with the Ford Escape. Yet the more upscale Corsair won’t be confused with the Ford, thanks to its well-appointed cabin, comfortable ride, and lively powertrain. The pricier Lincoln fulfills on the premium promise, delivering refinement throughout.
Interior fit and finish, with plenty of chrome and glossy black trim, is appropriately upscale. The driving position is aided by a "floating" center stack, which is not only a neat styling detail, but frees up right knee space so the driver feels less hemmed in. We weren’t unanimously enamored with the front seats however, because they don’t provide even support. Broad-shouldered drivers will find the seat too confining. The backseat provides ample room and can be moved forward or backward to increase legroom or cargo space.
The Corsair has some of the same stylistic quirks found on other Lincolns, which makes some controls tricky to use. For instance the cruise control setup is not lit up until drivers activate it. The push button gear selector can’t be operated by feel alone. The lumbar support adjustment must be made through the infotainment screen. The voice control button on the left side of the steering wheel can be accidentally activated. At least the Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use.