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One brand that doesn’t seems to fly under the radar is Lincoln. Following the failure of the Lincoln Continental, it seems like a lot of automotive journalists and publications have been unusually quiet when it comes to their coverage of Ford’s historic luxury brand—the Navigator being the exception to the rule.

Despite the lack of fanfare, their current lineup is actually quite good. U.S News certainly seems to think so. The 2023 Lincoln lineup consists of 4 SUVs—that’s all Lincoln makes now. U.S News gave every vehicle an overall score north of 8.0, so let’s see what all the fuss is about. 

A Lincoln on the side of a building.
Lincoln has an impressive 2023 lineup | Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It wasn’t all roses for Lincoln’s 2023 lineup

Getting the bad news first is always better, so let’s cover what U.S News didn’t like about the quartet of Lincoln SUVs. Lincoln is decidedly not making their cars sporty.

Unlike BMW or Cadillac that attempt to create cars that can “do it all”, Lincoln has firmly positioned itself on the luxury side of the spectrum. This being the case, U.S News identified numb or vague steering as a downfall for Lincoln across the board.

Plenty of praise

One bit of praise U.S. News bestowed upon the entire 2023 Lincoln lineup was comfort. Whether it be comfortable seats like on the Nautilus, a “silky ride” like on the Corsair, or better yet; a “silky-smooth ride” on the Aviator, each Lincoln model is a sure bet if you’re looking for comfort to be prioritized.

This seems to be in line with the focus of the Lincoln brand. Another excellent feature present in the Lincoln lineup is SYNC 3. Though most Ford models are also equipped with this infotainment system, it really is one of the best on the market. Reviews said it’s an easy-to-use and nicely integrated system that does everything you need it to do. 

Along with great comfort and impressive standard tech, U.S News noted each vehicle had remarkable cargo capacity and interior space. The Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator were each praised for their generous dimensions.

The only Lincoln model not directly praised for this was the Corsair. That isn’t especially surprising though given the Corsair is a compact crossover based on the Ford Escape—not necessarily the car to buy if you have 4 kids anyway. 

Lincoln’s 2023 lineup is better than you think

Given Lincoln’s struggle with brand identity over the last decade and a half—transitioning from names like Town Car and Continental to unmemorable alphanumeric designations and then recently back to names like Nautilus—it’s not a surprise that some people wrote them off.

That said, you really shouldn’t anymore. Even if Lincoln isn’t on your radar at the moment, an 8.0 overall score from U.S. News for the entire brand might convince you to look.


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