2020 Lincoln Corsair vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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The Corsair offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Corsair and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty

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There are over 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corsair’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Corsair has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The UX Series doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Corsair’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 81 more horsepower (250 vs. 169) and 124 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Corsair’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 69 more horsepower (250 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Corsair’s optional 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 99 more horsepower (280 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln Corsair is faster than the Lexus UX Series:

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

UX 200

UX 250h

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

6.5 sec

8.5 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15 sec

16.5 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

92.9 MPH

85.6 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Corsair’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The Corsair has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Corsair has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (16.2 vs. 12.4 gallons).

The Corsair has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corsair stops much shorter than the UX Series:

Corsair

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corsair Reserve’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The Corsair Reserve’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corsair Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Corsair has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Corsair offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corsair’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the UX Series (106.7 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corsair is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

The Corsair Reserve AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the UX 200 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corsair Reserve AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the UX 200 (27.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Corsair uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The UX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Corsair uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The UX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Corsair has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (102.5 vs. 90.4).

The Corsair has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Corsair’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corsair has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (27.6 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Corsair’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Corsair has a 3000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Corsair uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Corsair’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the UX Series.

The power windows standard on both the Corsair and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corsair is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Corsair’s exterior PIN entry system. The UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Corsair’s exterior PIN entry system. The UX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Corsair’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Corsair’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the UX Series’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Corsair has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the UX Series. The Corsair also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

The Corsair Reserve offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

The Corsair Reserve offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Corsair’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Lincoln Corsair/MKC outsold the Lexus UX Series by 54% during 2019.

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