The Lincoln Corsair’s Reliability Is the Worst, but Owners Don’t Care

by Gabrielle DeSantis

People have different priorities when buying a new car. For some reliability is No. 1, while others are more interested in performance, handling, style, or comfort. Buyers looking for the most reliable SUV might not be interested in the Lincoln Corsair, but Consumer Reports found that Corsair owners love their SUVs anyway.

Really low reliability ratings for the Lincoln Corsair

Each year, Consumer Reports conducts a survey of vehicle owners. In 2020, Consumer Reports got information from owners about 329,000 vehicles between model years 2000 and 2020. One of the results that Consumer Reports comes up with is their reliability score. A vehicle’s reliability score is based on issues that owners had across 17 different areas. The predicted reliability scores are developed based on the scores given in recent years.

The Lincoln Corsair is a pretty new model, and its first model year was in 2020. Both model years have the lowest possible rating though. The 2020 Corsair has a reliability rating of one out of five, and the 2021 Corsair has a predicted reliability rating of one out of five from Consumer Reports. Although the 2020 Corsair had high reliability scores in many of the 17 categories, it got the lowest score for body integrity and power equipment.

Owners would buy another if they could

The Lincoln Corsair | MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

The Lincoln Corsair did much better on Consumer Reports‘ owner satisfaction rating. This rating looks at owners’ answers to the question, “Would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?” It figures out the percentage of owners who said they would definitely buy the same vehicle again.

Both the 2020 and the 2021 Lincoln Corsair have the best owner satisfaction and predicted owner satisfaction ratings, with five out of five. For their component ratings, both years have 89 out of 100 for owner satisfaction with the driving experience and the same score for owner satisfaction with comfort.

They have a perfect 100 out of 100 for owner satisfaction with styling; however, the owner satisfaction with value is lower at 57 out of 100. This level of satisfaction makes it easy for 83 percent of owners who were surveyed to say they’d be happy to buy another Corsair.

Is the 2021 Lincoln Corsair a good SUV?

The highs and lows of the 2021 Lincoln Corsair ratings also appear in its overall score of 53 out of 100 and its road-test score of 82 out of 100. The Corsair is built on the same platform as the Ford Escape, but the Corsair provides a premium experience, says Consumer Reports.

The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 250 hp, and the optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 295 hp. The Corsair has a “lively powertrain” and a “smooth ride” with either engine, says Consumer Reports. There is also a plug-in hybrid version available, says U.S. News. The Corsair is able to tow up to 3,000 pounds.

The high-quality interior has a “floating” center stack along with padded surfaces and lots of chrome and glossy black trim. The base trim comes with synthetic leather upholstery and aluminum accents, but higher trims have leather upholstery and wood trim. The front seats, though, may feel too snug for some drivers. The rear seats do have plenty of space.

The Corsair comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Available tech features include a 14-speaker Revel stereo, navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless device charging.

The standard advanced safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot warning, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Adaptive cruise control is included in an available package.

The Lincoln Corsair might not have great reliability ratings, but owners are pretty happy anyway. This SUV has great style and is great to drive as well.

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