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Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: Lincoln Corsair Can’t Sail Past Subaru Outback

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Lincoln’s new Corsair is a reintroduction of its smallest SUV, replacing the MKC. The departure of the MKC also means the end of Lincoln’s meaningless alphabet-soup naming convention for its SUV lineup. Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong got to drive the Corsair from San Francisco to Carmel, Calif., and came away mostly pleased … and full of pirate puns. Alas, the Corsair couldn’t pillage the No. 1 spot from the 2020 Subaru Outback among Cars.com’s most popular reviews this week, instead dropping anchor at No. 3.

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“Technically, the word ‘corsair’ can refer to either a pirate ship or the pirate itself, which feels confusing since you have a corsair on a corsair,” Wong writes. “All I know is that this corsair would choose the Corsair to be his corsair for any long voyage, because Lincoln has done a fantastic job with the SUV’s ride quality and quietness.

“Though the Corsair is closely tied to the Ford Escape — which got a full redesign of its own for 2020 — there are a few key differences. One of those is the suspension setup: The Corsair has a multilink rear suspension with upgraded bushings, a more capable (and expensive) setup that allows the rear to be compliant for a smooth ride without feeling sloppy.

“You feel this when you push the Corsair on curvy roads, as I did on the drive from San Francisco down to Carmel. As the SUV turns into a corner, the body leans noticeably (as is common in all SUVs). Where many of those vehicles get tripped up is that once the body leans (or ‘rolls,’ as we gearheads say), the suspension rebounds too much and unsettles the vehicle for a second time. Not so in the Corsair; the suspension does an excellent job of resetting the rear once body roll happens, and by the time you exit the corner, it feels completely flat and balanced again so you can jump back on the power with confidence. Both Corsairs I drove were equipped with the optional adaptive suspension, as well, which varies shock absorber firmness automatically based on conditions, so I can’t comment on the standard suspension as of yet.”

Our First Impressions of the updated 2020 Nissan Titan — unveiled in September at the 2019 State Fair of Texas — takes over the top spot among our most popular videos this week. Featuring updated styling and some up-to-date tech inside, the new Titan continues its valiant fight against the rest of the half-ton pickup truck class that includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.

Top 5 Reviews

1. 2020 Subaru Outback Review: Punching Above Its Weight Class

2. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review: More Efficient, Less Useful

3. 2020 Lincoln Corsair Review: A Pirate’s Life for Me

4. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: All the Economy, Few of the Frills

5. 2020 Toyota Corolla Review: Hatchback-Nice With a Trunk and Real Backseat

Top 5 Videos

1. 2020 Nissan Titan: First Impressions

2. 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Drag-Strip Tested

3. 2020 Hyundai Palisade: First Drive

4. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: Review

5. 2020 Lincoln Aviator: Review

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