2020 Ford Escape vs Lincoln Corsair: Differences compared side by side

The Ford Escape has been completely renewed and it has a new Lincoln partner, the Corsair, which Ford has invested a lot of effort in differentiating.

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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Both vehicles share the C2 platform, which debuted underneath the latest Focus.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Despite the common platform, the Escape and Corsair don't share a single body panel. The Corsair is significantly more of its own car than the Mercury Mariner ever could be.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
The new Escape has left its SUV styling roots behind, and has been deliberately styled like a bloated hatchback. The Corsair, on the other hand, is a very handsome vehicle which sticks closer to the crossover norm.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
The Corsair has almost exactly the same design as the larger RWD/AWD Aviator. It is also only available with 2L and 2.3L turbo I4 engines, while the Escape has turbo 1.5L I3 and 2L I4 engines, and 2.5L I4 hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Like the MKC it replaces, the Corsair has a clamshell-style tailgate. It's definitely more distinctive than the Escape's rear.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
The dashboard for the new Escape looks to be taken straight out of the Focus, and it's ergonomically fine, but rather plasticky. The Corsair gets its own completely unique dash with a classier design, lots of probably faux leather and soft touch materials.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Like other recent Lincolns, the Corsair is available with adjustable Perfect Position seats.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
The Corsair seems to have the same rear bench as the Escape - no Perfect Position seats pictured here - but with different colour choices.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Unique steering wheels for each car. The Ford has blue backlighting, while the Lincoln has a slightly different button arrangement and lots of fingerprint attracting piano black plastic.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Although trunk space has yet to be quoted for both cars, they should hold a similar amount of stuff.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Both the Corsair and Escape are available with fully digital instrumentation screens and head up displays. The Lincoln naturally has darker 'classier' graphics.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
Both the non-hybrid Escape and Corsair models have an 8-speed auto as standard. The Escape has a PRND rotary dial in the centre console, while the Corsair has buttons on the dashboard.
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2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
The Escape has its climate and audio controls separated by the central air vents, while the Corsair lumps them all together. There's also a bit too much fingerprint-ready piano black plastic.
2019 Ford Kuga ST-LineEscape
2020 Lincoln AviatorCorsair
This image really highlights the gulf in materials between the Corsair and Escape. At least the Escape has a padded knee rest area.

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2020 Lincoln Corsair




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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]


2020 Ford Escape vs Lincoln Corsair: Differences compared side by side