What’s the difference between the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus and the Lincoln Corsair? Both luxury crossover SUVs put a refined spin on driving and, since they come from the same automaker, they also can’t help but have lots of features in common. Choosing between them often comes down to personal preference so, let’s take a closer look at each model.
Price and Size
First, the basics: the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is a midsize luxury crossover that starts at $41,940. The 2021 Lincoln Corsair is a small luxury crossover model that starts at the slightly lower rate of $35,945.
Both offer generous space and plush seating for five passengers. However, the Nautilus has a bigger cargo hold, with 37.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 68.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. While not quite as roomy, the Corsair still gives you plenty of room for your stuff, with 27.6 cubes behind the rear seats and 57.6 cubes total.
Power and Performance
These Lincoln crossovers come standard with the same powertrain, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque) combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus offers a little more power, via its Black Label trim model. Under its hood, you’ll find a turbo 2.7-liter V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft).
The 2021 Lincoln Corsair also offers a little extra speed, via its Grand Touring trim model. Its plug-in hybrid powertrain (266 hp, 25-mile all-electric driving range) conserves fuel even as it kicks up extra dust.
With the proper equipment, both luxury crossover SUVs tow up to 2,000 pounds’s worth of boat or Jet Ski.
Interior Luxury and Comfort
One might be a little roomier than the other, but both of these luxury crossovers know how to roll out the red carpet for passengers. Both come standard with high-end features, including power rear lift gates, dual-zone automatic climate control, and faux leather upholstery. Both also offer upgrades such as leather-trimmed seating, heated and ventilated front seats, real wood trim, and a panoramic sunroof.
Tech and Safety Gear
There’s also a lot to love about both models’ standard tech lineups; both include 10-speaker sound systems and modern smartphone integration.
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus comes standard with the latest Sync 4 infotainment system, with its big, 13.2-inch touch screen and wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
For 2021 the Corsair is sticking to the old Sync 3 system, which has a smaller, 8-inch touch screen and the wired versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Both luxury crossovers also include a healthy list of driver safety aids. Every Corsair comes with Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Mitigation, and Forward Collision Mitigation. Alternatively, the Nautilus adds to this list with standard Lane Keeping Assist and automatic high beams.
The 2021 Lincoln Corsair is a little smaller, with a slightly shorter list of standard features, but it also comes at a great price. The Corsair on the other hand, is never short on luxury, modern safety, or premium power.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is a little roomier, with more standard features, though it does cost a little extra.