2021 Acura RDX vs. 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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Safety

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Both the RDX and the Corsair 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corsair is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Engine

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The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (272 vs. 250) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 275) than the Corsair’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Acura RDX is faster than the Lincoln Corsair:

RDX

Corsair 2.0

Corsair 2.3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

88.4 MPH

92.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The RDX has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Corsair (17.1 vs. 16.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Corsair.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the RDX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corsair:

RDX

Corsair

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

The RDX stops much shorter than the Corsair:

RDX

Corsair

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the RDX has larger standard tires than the Corsair (235/55R19 vs. 225/60R18). The RDX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corsair (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The RDX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corsair’s standard 60 series tires. The RDX A-Spec’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Corsair Reserve’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Corsair.

The RDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Corsair doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RDX’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Corsair (108.3 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the RDX is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Corsair.

The RDX AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Corsair AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The RDX AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Corsair AWD (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The RDX has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corsair.

Cargo Capacity

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The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Corsair with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Corsair with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 57.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 1% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The RDX’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Corsair’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the RDX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RDX will cost $420 to $1035 less than the Corsair over a five-year period.

The RDX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the RDX will retain 51.11% to 51.6% of its original price after five years, while the Corsair only retains 46.39% to 46.92%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the RDX is less expensive to operate than the Corsair because it costs $336 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the RDX than the Corsair, including $93 less for a water pump, $196 less for a muffler, $129 less for fuel injection, $48 less for a fuel pump, $11 less for front struts and $644 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura RDX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Lincoln Corsair isn't recommended.

The Acura RDX outsold the Lincoln Corsair/MKC by over two to one during 2019.

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