Size Matters: Nautilus or Corsair?
Lincoln has transformed its image from your typical grandpa’s car to a brand that now offers sleek, beautiful, and sexy crossovers. Today, we’ll compare the Lincoln Nautilus and the Lincoln Corsair, two 5-passenger crossovers, to help you decide which one suits you best.
The Difference in Size
The most noticeable distinction between the Corsair (formerly known as the MKC) and the Nautilus (formerly the MKX) is their size. If you prioritize interior cargo space and legroom, then the Nautilus might be the right choice for you. However, if you’re comfortable with a more compact vehicle that still boasts impressive safety features, advanced technology, and better fuel efficiency, then the Corsair is the perfect fit.
For cargo space, the Corsair offers 28 cubic feet of trunk space behind the passengers, while the Nautilus provides 37 cubic feet. Both options are suitable for daily errands or road trips, accommodating groceries, strollers, and more.
Overall, the Nautilus is 9 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 2 inches taller, offering additional legroom for rear passengers and a more spacious feel.
Luxurious Driving Experience
Both the Corsair and Nautilus provide a luxurious driving experience, featuring premium leather seating, elegant wood and chrome accents, and stylish exteriors. However, the Corsair’s interior design leans towards a more modern look, which I personally found appealing.
One notable difference is the placement of the seat controls. Lincoln has opted to place them on the doors for both models, rather than on the bottom left of the driver and passenger seats. While it takes some getting used to, having the memory function ensures that your preferred seat settings are always readily available. However, it’s worth mentioning that the controls on the door can appear slightly cluttered.
Need for Speed
Both the Corsair and the Nautilus offer two engine options. The Nautilus comes with a V6 engine, ranging from 250 to 350 horsepower, while the Corsair offers a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, providing 250 to 290 horsepower. All-wheel-drive is standard in Canada, with additional costs of $42,630 CAD for AWD in the Reserve Corsair and $44,675 USD for AWD in the Nautilus.
Lincoln emphasizes the importance of not just hearing the power but feeling it, and I must say that both the Corsair and the Nautilus deliver on that promise.
When it comes to Drive Mode options, the Nautilus offers Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes, while the Corsair provides Normal, Excite, Conserve, Slippery, and Deep modes. The gear buttons also differ, with a ‘Piano Key’ shifter in the Corsair and oblong side buttons in the Nautilus. Personally, I found both options satisfactory, and this wouldn’t be a deciding factor for me, although the Corsair does exude a more modern and youthful vibe.
Tech Features: Corsair Takes the Lead
As the newest addition to Lincoln’s crossover and SUV lineup, the Corsair introduces the latest cutting-edge technologies. With the Lincoln Way app, you can use your mobile device as the key for the vehicle, a feature that I tested in San Francisco and found quite impressive! However, this feature is not available in the Nautilus. Nonetheless, both models offer other Lincoln Way app functionalities, such as remote start, vehicle stats monitoring, and WiFi activation.
USB Ports and Other Tech Features
If the availability of USB ports in the rear is a dealbreaker for you, then the Corsair has the advantage over the Nautilus. The Corsair includes rear USB ports, while the Nautilus does not.
Both the Nautilus and Corsair feature wireless charging pads, a 13-speaker Revel audio sound system (with an available upgrade), Apple CarPlay, Waze and Android Auto compatibility, and a panoramic sunroof.
Safety Features: A Tie Between Nautilus and Corsair
Rest assured, both the Corsair and the Nautilus come equipped with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, providing an array of advanced safety features. This includes blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection, dynamic brake support, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera.
Additionally, you have the option to add Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus, which offers even more advanced technologies. This includes a 360-degree camera, active park assist plus, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, which includes stop-and-go and lane centering, as well as speed sign recognition.
A Quick Comparison
Here’s a summary of some key details for both models:
Making Your Choice: Nautilus or Corsair?
While both the Nautilus and the Corsair are exceptional vehicles, my personal preference leans towards the Corsair. It offers the latest technological innovations, superior comfort, modern interior styling, and a slightly lower price point. Plus, I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Grand Touring Plug-in Hybrid later this year!
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