Driven: Should You Buy A 2022 Lincoln Corsair, Or Wait For 2023?
The 2022 Corsair was offered with three engines: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid. Lincoln will drop the 2.3-liter engine for 2023, meaning the 250-horsepower 2.0-liter will be the base powertrain. We had no issues with this motor, but it doesn’t stand out in any way from other engines of this size. As for the eight-speed transmission, it often provided uncomfortable shifts that took away from the luxury experience.
We recommend opting for the Corsair Grand Touring, which includes the PHEV drivetrain. It delivers 266 hp and a 28-mile EV-only driving range. Unfortunately, the Grand Touring is more than a drivetrain option; it’s also the top Corsair trim, which is great for all the features that adds, but not so great for your budget. Starting at $53,385 without destination and options for 2023, the Grand Touring costs $10,000 more than the mid-level Reserve trim. It’s pricey, but the PHEV should qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, which partially alleviates the price premium.
To decide whether or not it’s worth waiting for the 2023 model, consider that the price increase over the 2022 model is just $1,575, but the improvements are substantial; it looks better, has an improved infotainment setup, and a more comprehensive safety suite. If your budget allows it, stretch for the latest Corsair Grand Touring.
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