We were wowed by the 2020 Lincoln Corsair with its classy styling and interior that bring to a compact SUV the design flourishes of its Navigator and coming Aviator siblings, so much so that we gave it Cars.com’s Best in Show award at its debut during the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It replaces the former MKC in the lineup and is a real luxury compact, not a dressed-up Ford Escape. Now we know what that goodness will cost when Corsair goes on sale later this year: $36,940 to start, including $995 destination.
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That’s for a Standard trim level with the base 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter, front-wheel drive with eight-speed automatic and no option packages. The Standard is fairly well-equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, 10-speaker audio, a power liftgate and Lincoln’s CoPilot 360 package of safety and driver assistance tech. And it’s a starting price that slides in under the entry prices with destination for most rivals, including the Acura RDX ($38,595), Cadillac XT5 ($42,690) and BMW X3 ($41,995).
But things from there can climb quickly with options, and a fully loaded Corsair can weigh in at $60,660, according to Lincoln’s online configurator that just went live. And that’s before Corsair gets some form of Lincoln’s Black Label top-dog trim levels that seem likely down the road, along with the promised hybrid version.
Beyond the base model, a Standard trim level with all-wheel drive starts at $39,140, theoretically. I say that because, according to the configurator, getting AWD also requires adding the Reserve I equipment package (a 60/40-split, folding rear seat; ambient lighting; navigation; and fancier wheels) for a total increase with AWD of $3,600 for a sticker price of $40,540. Meanwhile, the now-top Reserve trim level with FWD starts at $43,625 and an AWD Reserve starts at $45,825, both of those also are with the base 2.0-liter.
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Similar bundling occurs, however, if you opt for the 280-hp 2.3-liter engine. This requires adding all-wheel drive and the Reserve I equipment package (which does include interior features as well as more advance safety tech), bumping up the price by a total of $6,740.
However, the competition can climb quickly in price, too, and buyers seem willing to part with big dollars in the red-hot market for luxury compact SUVs.
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