Lincoln's two mid-size SUV's are very similar but there are some distinct differences that may help your decision to find out which is best for you. Lets start off with the price, with the Corsair being the less expensive option and the entry point into the Lincoln lineup. MSRP starts around $45,000 for a Base trim with the 2.0L engine, and caps around $60,000 with the Reserve 2.3L trim. Coming spring of 2021 the Corsair Grand Touring will arrive at dealers, with a 2.5L hybrid engine and MSRP around $58,500. AWD and an 8-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the gas models, and a CVT on the Grand Touring. The Nautilus has a MSRP of around $55,500 for a Reserve 2.0L trim, and up to around $64,000 for a Reserve 2.7L trim. The 2.0L engine is shared with the Corsair, but the smooth 2.7L V6 is exclusive to the Nautilus. AWD and the 8-speed automatic is standard, while a hybrid variant isn't available. 

Now, with those specs out of the way (full specs listed in the table below), here's 3 standout reasons on why you would want each vehicle. We'll begin with the Corsair.

Fuel Economy: With 3 engines available, all have better fuel economy ratings than the Nautilus of a combined 9.8L/100km for both gas engines, and an impressive combined 7.1L/100km for the hybrid. The shared 2.0L in the Nautilus has a combined 10.7L/100km due to its increased size and weight. When you opt for the Grand Touring Hybrid, you'll save roughly a third on fuel compared to its gas, and you may qualify for government rebates.

Perfect Position Massaging Seats: Yes, these are an option, but they're worth it. These 24-way seats not only look fantastic, they'll bring you and your passenger into extreme comfort with massaging functions for your back and thighs, with 5 different modes and 3 intensity settings. See for yourself in the picture below with the Corsair seats on the left and the Nautilus on the right.

Size: The Corsair is 254mm smaller than the Nautilus, and you'll definitely notice that when taking your relaxing drives around the city. It's more agile around a turning circle and feels noticeably more nimble when cruising through traffic in the city.


Moving onto the 2021 Nautilus, here's 3 reasons that can be made why it might be better for you over the Corsair.

Performance:  We're going to skip over the 2.0L engine for the Nautilus and solely focus on its bigger sibling, the buttery smooth 2.7L Ecoboost V6. With 335hp and 380lb-ft of torque at your foot, it can propel the Nautilus to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds. We believe the upgrade to the V6 is well worth the cost and will truly elevate your ownership experience. Frankly, the 2.0L feels sluggish due to the Nautilus's size, and the increase in fuel consumption is relatively small at a mere 5%.

Interior Technology : The 2021 Nautilus was due for an interior upgrade as 2019 and 2020 models still resembled the older MKX's interior. Thankfully, the 2021 model has a redesigned interior with a 12.3 digital instrument cluster, and a beautiful 13.2" LCD screen with the new SYNC 4 infotainment system. While SYNC 3 in the Corsair is still very good, SYNC 4 takes things to a new level. Some of the features include wireless phone connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cloud connectivity, over-the-air updates, digital owners manual, and conversational voice recognition with online search. These features blend together perfectly to make the experience seamless on every drive. Check out the pictures below to see for yourself, Corsair on the left with Nautilus on the right. 

Capacity: The cargo area in the Nautilus is roughly one-third more generous than the Corsair. Rear passengers will enjoy the 2.5cm of legroom to the front seats, and the middle passenger will be more comfortable due to its 6.3cm wider chassis. Rear doors are longer and also open at 90 degrees for easy access to the rear. In addition, passengers will enjoy a smoother ride due to the standard Active Suspension.

In conclusion, you're going to choose which vehicle is right for you and your family, no wrong decision can be made here: both are incredible vehicles. For more detailed specs, check out the table below, and contact our sales team to set up a Discovery Drive. As always, thanks for taking the time to read.

Nautilus v Corsair


2021 Corsair

2021 Nautilus




Engine Options

2.0L and 2.3L Ecoboost
4-Cylinder gas

2.5L 4-Cylinder hybrid

2.0L Ecoboost 4-Cylinder gas

2.7L Ecoboost V6 gas

Engine Specs

2.0L – 250hp and 280lb-ft

2.3L – 295hp and 310lb-ft

2.5L – 266hp and 265lb-ft

2.0L – 250hp and 280lb-ft

2.7L – 335hp and 380lb-ft

Drivetrain and Transmission

AWD – 8SP Automatic for gas

CVT for hybrid

AWD – 8SP Automatic

Fuel Economy

2.0L Combined 9.8L/100km

2.3L Combined 9.8L/100km

2.5L Combined 7.1L/100km

2.0L Combined 10.7L/100km

2.7L Combined 11.1L/100km

Cargo Space and Seating

2.0L and 2.3L - 5 Passenger, 781L of capacity

2.5L – 5 Passenger, 763L of capacity

3000lb towing capacity

5 Passenger, 1055L of capacity

3501lb towing capacity

Infotainment System
and Equipment

Standard: SYNC 3 with USB, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, push-button, CoPilot 360


Optional: Wireless phone charging, HUD, surround view camera, adaptive cruise control

Standard: SYNC 4 with USB, Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Sirius XM, Bluetooth, WiFi, wireless phone charging, CoPilot 360


Optional: surround view camera, adaptive cruise control


Base trim: Heated Front (Standard). Heated rear, ventilated front, and heated steering wheel (optional)

 Reserve 2.3L trim: All standard, except heated rear seats (optional)

Massage seats optional


Reserve 2.0L and 2.7L trims: Heated front and rear, ventilated front, heated steering wheel all standard.

Massage seats optional