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Should You Consider Lincoln?

Just a few years ago, analysts were wondering if Lincoln would be around for much longer. But now the brand is flourishing, thanks in large part to a range of new and highly competent product offerings in some of the market’s hottest segments, including SUVs like the full-size Navigator, the midsize three-row Aviator and the upcoming compact Corsair — not to mention the midsize Nautilus and the Continental full-size sedan. With all these new products and a new model-naming structure, you may want to familiarize yourself with the brand’s current offerings, so let’s go over some of the newest models to help you determine whether a Lincoln might be in your future.

Lincoln Aviator

Among the newest Lincolns on sale today is the Aviator. Just like the short-lived first-generation Aviator, which was offered for the 2003 to 2005 model years, the all-new 2020 Aviator shares its rear-wheel-drive platform with the new Ford Explorer, which has also been fully redesigned for 2020. Under the hood of the Aviator is either a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, or a hybrid version of the same engine that makes 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Every Aviator comes standard with a 10-speed automatic.

Beyond these two great powertrain options, the Aviator offers a modern and upscale design, loads of safety tech, a suspension that lowers to make ingress and egress easier and the ability to let your smartphone function as a key. There’s also an available 28-speaker audio system and adaptive headlights that narrow and widen based on the vehicle’s speed.

The new Aviator starts at $51,000 and tops out at a mind-boggling $88,000 for a top-of-the-line Black Label model with the hybrid powertrain. With a price like that for a midsize family SUV with all the available features, this new Lincoln clearly means business. Find a Lincoln Aviator for sale

Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln’s flagship SUV, the Navigator, was fully redesigned for 2018 to rave reviews. The new Navigator is available in two different lengths, standard and extended. The power comes from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. If these figures sound familiar, it’s because this is the same engine offered in the high-performance Ford F-150 Raptor. As with many Ford and Lincoln products, the Navigator comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Beyond offering another great powertrain, the Navigator boasts a spacious back seat, a best-in-class 8,700-lb towing capacity and a variety of unique upscale features, like an available blue leather interior. The Navigator starts at about $75,000 and tops out at $105,000 for a loaded Black Edition model. Find a Lincoln Navigator for sale


Lincoln Corsair

The compact Corsair is all-new for 2020, replacing the MKC. The Corsair is based on the same platform as the Ford Escape, which is all-new for 2020 as well. Two different engines are offered for the Corsair: Entry-level models come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and put out 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the optional 2.3-liter 4-cylinder (also turbocharged) makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. A plug-in hybrid will likely be added down the line as well.

In addition to these engine options and the attractive new design, the Corsair is available with all of the latest active safety features and a modern 8-in infotainment system. As far as compact luxury SUVs go, the Corsair is poised to raise the bar in the segment. Pricing has yet to be announced as of this writing, but you can expect the Corsair to start out in the mid-$30,000 range and top out around $50,000. Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale

Autotrader Says

Thanks to good product planning and a healthy investment from its parent company, Ford, the Lincoln brand has come a long way over the past decade. In addition to the SUVs mentioned above, Lincoln also offers the surprisingly good Continental full-size sedan, the recently-updated Nautilus midsize SUV and a couple other vehicles that are due for an overhaul or replacement in the next few of years. You can also expect to see more hybridization and electrification of the Lincoln lineup in the near future. No matter how you look at it — especially if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV — the Lincoln of today is quite appealing. Find a Lincoln for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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