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2022 Lincoln Corsair or 2022 Acura RDX: Which Is Better?

While the 2022 Lincoln Corsair and 2022 Acura RDX are stylish, luxurious compact SUVs priced considerably lower than their German counterparts. Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • 2022 Corsair is available with a gas engine only or as a plug-in hybrid.
  • PMC edition of the 2022 RDX is limited to 200 copies.
  • Both come with a 4-year basic warranty and a 6-year powertrain warranty.

2022 Lincoln Corsair

2022 Lincoln Corsai Profile in Pearl White
The 2022 Lincoln Corsair starts at $36,105.

Base price: $36,105 / Find out more about the 2022 Lincoln Corsair

What we like: Quiet cabin; low starting price; optional plug-in hybrid; choice of engines.

What we would change: Not exciting to drive; expensive for top trims; no all-wheel drive on the base trim.

Overview: It’s no surprise the Corsair is Lincoln’s best-selling model. The compact luxury 2022 Lincoln Corsair is comfortable, well designed, and inexpensive, particularly when you consider how plush its interior is. Even better, the Corsair offers a few different engine options, including a plug-in hybrid. All models except the all-wheel-drive hybrid are front-wheel drive, with AWD available as an option.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter turbo available as an upgrade with the Sport package. Steering is precise, but even with the Sport package, the Corsair’s focus is providing a comfortable and soothing ride, rather than tearing into the curves.

Inside, the 2022 Corsair is well equipped, with standard synthetic leather, heated and power-adjustable front seats, an 8-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker stereo system. Also standard is the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 1.5 safety suite. There are numerous trims available and options packages throughout the range for further customization.

What’s new for 2022: The Corsair has only been around since 2020, so changes for this year are relatively light. The Reserve and Grand Touring trims are now eligible for the Luxury package. The Elements Technology bundle is now only available on the Grand Touring trim. The Elements package now comes standard on Corsair 1, and a panoramic sunroof now comes standard on Reserve I.

Features and technology: Three optional engines power the 2022 Lincoln Corsair, ranging from a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder to a 2.3-liter turbo and a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid. The base engine connects to the front wheels, with all-wheel drive as an option. The upgrade engine in the Sport package requires all-wheel drive, and the hybrid is all-wheel drive only. The two gas-only engines use an 8-speed automatic, while the hybrid is powered by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Trim names are confusing on the Corsair, so bear with us. The base is called Corsair, and it’s well equipped, with synthetic leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, sliding second-row seats, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Infotainment comes via Sync3 with an 8-inch screen including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, SiriusXM, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Also included are a 10-speaker audio system and two USB ports. The standard Lincoln CoPilot360 1.5 safety suite includes blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear parking sensors, a back-up camera, and automatic high beams.

Moving up, the next trim is called Corsair I, which adds voice-activated navigation and the Elements package, with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and rain-sensing wipers.

Next is Reserve, followed by Reserve 1. Reserve adds exterior elements, leather seating, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and ambient lighting. Reserve 1 adds the Elements package and more safety features, including a 360-degree camera, reverse brake assist, and evasive steering assist. Standard this year is a panoramic sunroof.

Next is the Grand Touring, which adds the hybrid powertrain. There are also numerous packages such as the Technology and Luxury packages, with things like wireless charging and a 13-speaker premium audio system. The Sport package requires all-wheel drive and adds a stronger engine and sporty exterior trim.

What does the future hold: A consistent seller for Lincoln, the Corsair has only been around two years. We don’t expect too much to change, except a few options being moved around until the next redesign. See 2022 Lincoln Corsair models for sale

2022 Acura RDX

2022 Acura RDX front left in white
The 2022 Acura RDX starts at $39,300.

Base price: $39,300 | Find out more about the 2022 Acura RDX 

What we like: Top safety scores; good standard equipment; excellent build quality.

What we would change: Single engine choice; all options grouped within packages; low tow rating.

Overview: Exceptionally reliable and well built, the 2022 Acura RDX is an engaging, comfortable premium compact crossover with much to recommend it. A single engine choice sends 272 horsepower to the front wheels or all four for an additional $2,000. Driving manners are sharp and fun, made only better with the adaptive suspension in the Advance package.

The RDX is quiet and serene, with plenty of space, including 38 inches of rear legroom. Cargo space is also good, with nearly 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats expanding to 58.8 with all seats folded. Standard features are comprehensive, with numerous driver assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Upper trims include the forthcoming PMC Edition, which will not only be limited to 200 units but expensive, starting above $50,000.

What’s new for 2022: Mild styling changes include a thinner chrome surround on the grille and front air intakes and a different rear fascia with rectangular exhaust outlets. Also new are improved sound insulation, more safety equipment, and new exterior color options. A minor shuffling of packages includes more features within both the Technology and Advance packages, as well as the option of adding the A-Spec treatment to the Advance package.

Features and technology: There’s only one engine choice in the 2022 Acura RDX, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Power goes through a smooth 10-speed automatic to the front wheels, although all-wheel drive is available on all trims. Standard features include LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a power tilt and slide panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, and heated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Infotainment comes via a 10.2-inch display with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, and Wi-fi. Driver assistance features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Acura groups options in packages rather than offering them à la carte. The Technology package adds front and rear parking sensors, sport seats, leather seating, navigation, a 12-speaker ELS sound system, and wireless charging.

A-Spec is a sporty appearance package, with a flat-bottom steering wheel, leather/simulated suede seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a 16-speaker ELS stereo.

The Advance package adds all-wheel drive, an adaptive suspension, a 360-degree camera system, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear outboard seats, among other things. The forthcoming PMC model basically cherry-picks the best of the other packages, is sold in a single color, and is limited to 200 only.

What does the future hold: Given that there are special editions and even a sporty suspension option, we would love if Acura offered an additional engine choice or even a hybrid. Other than that, we expect nothing more than a reshuffling of options within packages before the next redesign. See 2022 Acura RDX models for sale

Corsair or RDX: Strengths Comparison

Corsair Benefits: Choice of engines; optional hybrid; lower price.

RDX Benefits: Top-notch build quality; more fun to drive; resale value.

2022 Lincoln Corsair or 2022 Acura RDX: Which Is Better?

2022 Lincoln Crossair vs 2022 Acura RDX Interior
Top: The 2022 Lincoln Crossair front row and dash.
Bottom: The 2022 Acura RDX front row and dash.

Elegant, quiet, and stylish, the 2022 Lincoln Corsair is about comfort and arriving relaxed, with a quiet cabin and a ride that focuses on smoothing out the bumps rather than tearing into the turns. There’s a stronger engine if you want a little more power or a plug-in hybrid if fuel economy is more important.

It might not turn heads, but the 2022 Acura RDX is a great little compact crossover. It’s fun to drive, it’s reliable, it’s well equipped, and if you want a little extra sport, you can get that, too.

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2022 Lincoln Corsair 2022 Acura RDX
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm 272 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 24 mpg (22 city/28 hwy)
Also Available 2.3-liter turbo I4; 2.5-liter hybrid; AWD All-wheel drive
Basic warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 6 years/70,000 miles 6 years/70,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 108.3 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 186.8 inches
Width 74.3 inches 74.8 inches
Height 64.1 inches 65.7 inches
Turning Diameter n/a 38.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.7 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 43.2 inches 42.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.6 inches 38.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 60.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.3 inches 57.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.5 cubic feet 104.0 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 27.6/57.6 cubic feet 29.5/58.9 cubic feet

Doug Lloyd
Doug Lloyd
Doug Lloyd is an author specializing in comparison tests. A veteran of the automotive press world, Doug started at Sports Car International and Vintage Motorsport magazines and has worked at both Porsche Panorama magazine and Doug is also a jazz piano player and a composer for television.

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