Not 1 Lincoln SUV Is Recommended by Consumer Reports

Lincoln is Ford’s luxury brand and has been around for quite a while. With many improvements under its belt, the brand still seems to be failing at impressing Consumer Reports. None of its four SUVs are recommended by the publication. What is keeping each vehicle back from getting the overall approval from CR?

What Consumer Reports liked and didn’t like about the Lincoln Corsair

A side shot of a silver gray 2022 Lincoln Corsair luxury compact SUV parked on the side of a street
2022 Lincoln Corsair | Ford Motor Company

According to Consumer Reports, four SUVs are coming off Lincoln’s production line, and the Lincoln Corsair is its luxury compact version. It didn’t make it to the recommended list, though.

CR liked quite a few items on the Corsair. The SUV’s standard 2.0-liter engine, which produces 250 hp, has enough zip on its own, so the reviewers don’t think it’s necessary to upgrade to a bigger motor if you want to save some money. CR also liked the smooth ride and the quiet cabin as well. 

Despite its performance, the Lincoln Corsair didn’t get a great score from Consumer Reports. It barely met the average range. The controls affected its rating, which aren’t as easy to use as its competitors.

The front seats didn’t impress the reviewers either because there was no support to the cushions, which doesn’t bode well for long-distance traveling. Another major problem with the SUV is its reliability. CR gave it the lowest score possible due to its electronics, body integrity, and some minor issues with the transmission.

What did CR think about the Lincoln Nautilus?

The Lincoln Nautilus is another model from Lincoln that Consumer Reports liked reasonably well, but not enough to give it the recommendation mark. With the 2.7-liter V6 turbo engine, producing 335 hp, the Nautilus made driving fun with its energetic handling and relatively quiet cabin. The interior is spacious, especially the rear seats, and it comes with plenty of high-quality luxury features, like leather and wood trim pieces. CR liked the infotainment system as it was easy to find whatever you needed from it. 

However, the Nautilus’ gear selector was annoying to the reviewers, who struggled maneuvering in parking spaces using it. Its driving position was also disappointing, with the thick roof pillars compromising the view from both the front and rear of the vehicle. However, you could spend more money to upgrade to the surround-view camera, which can help alleviate the viewing problems. 

Speaking of the driver’s position, CR felt the left footwell was cramped, making the driver uncomfortable since the footrest was too far back. Fuel economy was another drawback, with the Nautilus’ 18 mpg overall rating, which doesn’t enable it to stand up to its rivals very well. Reliability scores for the Lincoln Nautilus also received low marks from the reviewers due to its transmission and drive system problems. 

Why didn’t the Lincoln Aviator make the cut?

The reason is pretty straightforward as to why the Lincoln Aviator wasn’t recommended. There wasn’t much the CR reviewers liked about the vehicle. As for the few positive items, under the hood is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 400 hp, so it’s probably the best thing about the SUV. 

Another promising feature is the 10-speed transmission that switches gears smoothly and enables the vehicle to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Handling is also great, making it a pleasure to drive on the road. 

Still, despite the Lincoln Aviator’s positives, too many negatives overshadow it. Some of the controls are extremely challenging to the driver and annoying to deal with. For example, the gear selector is a series of buttons in the center console area. You can’t figure them out by feeling; drivers must take their eyes off the road to see what they’re doing. Additionally, a few controls on the steering wheel can accidentally be activated, and it’s difficult to figure out how to correct your mistakes.

What happened to the Lincoln Navigator?

The Lincoln Navigator impressed the Consumer Reports reviewers with a decent amount of positive benefits. The SUV’s powertrain consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can get 450 hp if you use premium fuel. If you want to save money on the gas, the manufacturer lets you use regular fuel in the unit instead, which will still get you 411 horsepower. Its 10-speed transmission helps the acceleration time, clocking 6.2 seconds for a 0 to 60 mph run. 

The interior is luxurious and has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. As for safety features, the Navigator offers many standard items such as forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic warning, blind-spot warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, to name a few. 

However, Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend this SUV either due to the number of drawbacks the reviewers found with it. Fuel economy ratings for the Navigator are one of the worst in the Lincoln SUV lineup. It only gets 16 mpg combined, which is pretty low compared to a few of its rivals. When it comes to highway miles, it sits at a disappointing 23 mpg rating

The Lincoln Navigator also doesn’t drive well enough with its clumsy handling. Also, with the high price you pay for it ($77,635 to $109,680), seat comfort is disappointingly lacking in lumber adjustments. With rival vehicles that are cheaper, you can get more. 

Lincoln SUVs are pretty impressive vehicles, but due to the drawbacks each one has, Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend any of them. If you want to spend quite a bit more for a luxurious line, look elsewhere or know precisely what you’re getting before deciding on one from this manufacturer.

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