The American compact luxury SUV game has heated up recently with the introduction of the all-new 2020 Lincoln Corsair replacing the outgoing Lincoln MKC. This comes one year after the all-new Cadillac XT4 was introduced for 2019 and is still a fresh entry into this segment. Both SUVs are made in the USA, and they both offer an attractive luxury value compared to more expensive German rivals.
Let’s take a closer look at how these two luxury crossovers compare in 2020.
The exterior dimensions are very similar for these two SUVs. They’re the exact same length and height, but the XT4 is three inches wider than the Corsair. They’re actually both on the smaller side of the compact SUV segment and could almost be considered subcompact. See the 2020 Cadillac XT4 models for sale near you
The Corsair and the XT4 both embody the design languages of their respective brands. The Corsair has a strong resemblance to the bigger Aviator, and the XT4 has sharp lines and corners that have been part of Cadillac design for years. We think they both look very sharp and modern. It’s great to see small American luxury SUVs that look this good. See the 2020 Lincoln Corsair models for sale near you
Both of these SUVs have handsome and roomy interiors. They both have plenty of room in the back seats and in the cargo area, which can’t be said about all of their competitors. The Corsair has the advantage of tilting and sliding second-row seats, meaning you can customize your interior for just the right balance of cargo and passenger space.
2020 Cadillac XT4 Engine
2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 237 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque; up to 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway
2020 Lincoln Corsair Engines
2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 250 hp, 280 lb-ft of torque; up to 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2.3-liter turbocharged inline four; 295 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque; 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway
As you can see by the numbers, when you compare the base engines of these two SUVs, the Corsair puts a little more emphasis on performance, while the XT4 is a little better on gas. They’re both good engines that deliver spry performance, and you won’t see a huge difference in fuel costs between the two, but those small differences are still something to keep in mind.
If you upgrade to the more powerful 2.3-liter engine in the Corsair, you’ll be treated to a more exciting drive without sacrificing much in fuel economy. Also, every Corsair equipped with the 2.3-liter engine also comes standard with AWD. Unfortunately, the XT4 only has the one engine option as of writing this, but we hope to see a higher-performance version of the Cadillac in the future.
When it comes to infotainment technology, these two SUVs are very similar. They both come standard with an 8-in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One difference is that the touchscreen in the Cadillac can also be controlled with a knob. They both have available upgrades that include wireless charging and premium audio (Bose in the Cadillac, Revel in the Lincoln).
As for driver assistance technology, the Corsair is a little better equipped at the base level. Every 2020 Corsair comes standard with the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite, which includes blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. The only noteworthy standard safety tech in the XT4 is forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors and the Teen Driver system, which limits speed and audio volume.
Optional safety tech in the XT4 includes reverse automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, a rear camera mirror, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a following distance indicator, active park assist for parallel and perpendicular parking, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and enhanced forward automatic emergency braking, which is capable of engaging at higher speeds than the standard system.
If you upgrade your Corsair to the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus Package, you get rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane centering, speed sign recognition, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist and active park assist plus.
The Corsair has a starting MSRP of $35,945, while the XT4 starts at $35,695. The Corsair can get more expensive on the high end, but remember, that’s with the more powerful engine, which isn’t an option in the XT4. They can both cross the $50,000 mark in the higher trims plus added options. If you’re looking for an AWD model, the most affordable AWD Corsair is $39,545, and the AWD XT4 starts at $38,195.
These SUVs are evenly matched in a lot of ways — the interior spaces, base engines and pricing are all very similar. However, the Corsair has enough advantages to be declared the winner over the XT4. The Lincoln has more standard driver assistance features, a fantastic optional engine upgrade and those cool tilting and sliding back seats. You can’t go wrong with either, but we think the Corsair is a better buy for most luxury shoppers. Find a Cadillac XT4 for sale or Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale