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2020 Lincoln SUV prices, trim levels, features: Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator, Navigator

Lincoln's SUV lineup is greatly revamped for the 2020 model year.

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The Lincoln lineup is fairly new compared to its luxury level competition. While the full-size Lincoln Navigator has been at the forefront of luxury buyers' minds for decades, there's a host of models with new names in addition to new SUVs and variants that have been added in recent years.

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2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

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The Lincoln Corsair compact SUV is new for the 2020 model year. It replaces the Lincoln MKC in the automaker's lineup as the smallest SUV they currently offer.

Lincoln currently sells the model in two trim levels: Reserve and Standard. The Corsair Standard starts at $35,945 and the Corsair Reserve starts at $42,630.

It comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 2.3-liter turbo-four that achieves 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV, like all others in the Lincoln lineup, prioritizes comfort over sportiness. It is noted for its comfortable seats, long list of available luxury level features like 24-way power-adjustable seats and a 14-speaker Revel stereo system.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is on sale now.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

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As part of the renaming process that included the MKC, the slot in Lincoln's lineup previously filled by the MKX was taken over by the Lincoln Nautilus midsize SUV. It's larger than the Corsair but smaller than the Lincoln Aviator and Navigator.

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is sold in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The Nautilus Standard starts at $41,040 while the Nautilus Reserve comes in at $48,500. The top-tier Nautilus Black Label has a starting MSRP of $63,800.

Under its hood, the Nautilus has a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 250 horsepower. Buyers can upgrade to a 335-horsepower 2.7-liter V6.

The Nautilus wins points for its luxe interior, which pairs comfortable seating for four with a host of standard and available features including 22-way power-adjustable massaging front seats, a 19-speaker Revel sound system, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is on sale now.

2020 Lincoln Aviator & Aviator Hybrid

2020 Lincoln Aviator & Aviator Hybrid

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The Lincoln Aviator is a luxury midsize SUV that falls between the smaller Nautilus and larger Navigator in the Lincoln lineup. It's an SUV built for comfort thought it does have a good amount of power.

The Aviator comes in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Its hybrid variant, the Aviator Hybrid, comes in the upmarket Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring trim levels. The Aviator Standard is priced starting at $51,500. Reserve and Black Label trims start at $56,190 and $77,695, respectively. Lincoln sells the Aviator Hybrid Grand Touring for $68,800 and the Hybrid Grand Touring Black Label for $87,800.

Lincoln's Aviator is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that achieves 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The Aviator Hybrid adds an electric motor to that power plant upping the output to 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

The spacious interior of the model features luxe appointments and design in keeping with the rest of the Lincoln SUV lineup. It's a three-row SUV that has available captain's chairs for second-row passengers as well as a long list of standard and available features like quad-zone automatic climate control, a 28-speaker Revel audio system, and a phone as key feature.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator and Aviator Hybrid are now on sale.

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Lincoln Navigator

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Sitting atop the Lincoln lineup is its flagship SUV, the Lincoln Navigator. The full-size, three-row SUV was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, kicking off the brand's new SUV identity and design aesthetic.

The Navigator is sold in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The starting price of the Navigator Standard is $76,185. The Navigator Reserve is priced at $81,725 and the Navigator Black Label comes in at $97,135.

The seven-seat SUV has a 450-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 450 horsepower. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available.

Lincoln has given the Navigator a suitably plush interior for its price point, rivaling the best models in its segment. Features like 30-way power-adjustable seats, a panoramic moonroof, and 20-speaker audio system are available.

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is on sale now.

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The CX-50 is surpsingly capable off-road.

Mazda

I have driven all of the Mazda vehicles that have been sold in the US market over the past three decades. On everyday roads and on racetracks. I’ve appreciated their “zoom-zoom”. Good power. Punchy torque just where it was needed. Well-balanced and sporty handling. A bit of growl for the versions that called for it. Plus, tasteful-but-modest styling and more or less elbow room, depending on the model. Mazda’s have been made for sports-car enthusiasts and to ferry families. But, I had never known a Mazda called an “overlander”. Until now.

2023 Mazda CX-50Towing capacity extends to 2,000 pounds.Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 moves this traction-sophisticated automaker into the lands where the pavement ends and now takes the brand ‘off-track’. Although it’s not a new thing for many of today’s carmakers to add a backcountry model or two to their lineup, it’s new for Mazda. I traveled to Santa Barbara, California to check out this all-new crossover built on Mazda’s seventh-generation small SUV platform that is shared with the smaller CX-30. This 5-passenger utility is longer, lower and wider than the CX-5 that rides on the previous generation’s underpinnings. The CX-50 has been crafted with a roomier second row and more cargo room for the goods and gear that weekend warriors and adventurers want to carry.

The CX-50 comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation that gets 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbo-charged powerplant with 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque; both shift through a six-speed automatic transmission. The sport ute can tow up to 2,000 lbs. with the naturally aspirated motor and up to 3,500 lbs. with the turbo-charged mill and Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) that brings a tow mode as well as Normal, Sport and Off-Road. The newest Mazda model has been made for North America only and is built in Alabama. It is the first Mazda vehicle with auto start/stop that can be deactivated.

2023 Mazda CX-50Mazda is a master of upscale interiors. Mazda

The new crossover starts at $26,800 and comes in S, S Select, S Preferred, S Preferred Plus, S Premium, and S Premium Plus with the base motor. Turb-charged versions come in Turbo, Turbo Premium, and Turbo Premium Plus that tops out at close to $42,000. A long list of technology and safety features are standard or available. Mazda says that Meridian, a fourth turbo trim will arrive soon with even more off-road cred; it will be set up with 18-inch black wheels AT, hood graphics and other backcountry goodies.

When you look at the CX-50, the first thing you’ll notice is exterior styling that speaks to its adventure-ready mission. Muscular bodywork, such as extra cladding, wide fender flairs and larger, more aggressive tires mean that this crossover has been designed not only to give a nod to the looks of a rugged crossover but to provide enhanced traction and a tad more suspension stretch for motoring over uneven terrain and along bumpy dirt roads. Planted on its haunches with functional air vents, it eschews minivan styling with a low and wide footprint that allows owners to have easy access to high-strength roof rails for loading gear on top; the roof has been made stronger than other Mazda crossovers to accommodate heavier loads, such as a roof-top tent. A panoramic moonroof- a first for Mazda- and attractive antiglare hood graphics and are tasteful additions.

The interior is attractive and roomy, with horizontal lines and “cleanable” surfaces as a nod to outdoor endeavors. Our Turbo Premium Plus model had bright orange reverse stitching that popped the cabin that has been crafted with uplevel trims and materials and brought heads-up display. A 7-inch infotainment screen is standard, while the top models get a 10.25-inch version. A wireless charging pad and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims. Of note, is the rear power and programmable liftgate to the wide and deep rear cargo compartment, with a load floor that flush with the liftgate opening to help slide heavy items in and out of the back. An available line of cargo accessories makes stowage easier.

2023 Mazda CX-50The CX-50 is family roadtrip ready.Mazda

How did it handle over the 200-plus miles of our ride and drive? The Turbo Premium Plus CX-50 offers a lot like; many of its driving attributes are consistent with Mazda’s tuning and handling priorities across its product line. Traveling along coastal highways, carving mountainous twisties with tight turns and accelerating on flat and straight well-graded pavement, it has great Mazda manners: i.e., there is enough power and torque in the right bandwidth to move it well; precise steering with a slightly heavily-weighted leather-wrapped steering wheel and well-modulated brakes, especially with towing a 3,500-lb. load. We enjoyed using Sport mode for carving corners, as it brings elongated shifts from the six-speed automatic; a crisp response comes when sport shifting in “manual mode” and provides a quick throttle response.

We tried out the Off-Road mode on a course that included flat and uneven dirt roads, as well as hill climb and descent. Although there is no downhill descent control system, the brakes worked well, along with manual gearing. Of note, Mazda would be wide to add downhill descent engineering for steeper and slicker terrain. We were able to test the difference between Normal and Off-Road over a special section of the course with sandy corners and a winding track at a speed of 30 mph showing the improved traction in the Off-Road programming and the aid of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control that brings a bit of magic to transfer torque to the wheels where it is needed to keep the intended track-think of it like an enhanced traction control program that helps with steering and yaw control.

2023 Mazda CX-50The CX-50 comes with off-road driving modes. Mazda

Other aids for off-road and backcountry travel are: the i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system that is standard equipment on all CX-50s, with a 50/50ish power transfer front to back; 8.6 inches of ground clearance; an 18-degree approach angle and a 24-degree departure angle; and an optional 360-degree camera system.

*EPA reports: base motor fuel economy 24 city/30 highway mpg, while the turbo option gets 23/29 mpg and can run on regular or premium fuel.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

Honda

Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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