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Lincoln Corsair Wins 2nd IIHS Top Safety Pick Award For Ford

For the second time in three weeks, a Ford Motor Co. vehicle, the Lincoln Corsair, has been named the winner of a Top Safety Pick award.
Posted: November 21, 2019 - 3:22PM
Author: Marc Stern

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For the second time in the last three weeks, the Ford Motor Co. has earned a key safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2020 Lincoln Corsair and its corporate twin, the Ford Escape, received the safety organization’s coveted Top Safety Pick designation following the results of extensive testing by the highway safety group. Three weeks ago, the Ford Edge was named the first Ford winner of 2020 of a Top Safety Pick honor by the IIHS.

Corsair Wins Big For Lincoln

The award, in part, gives a big nod to the Corsair’s innovative headlight technologies, Camera-Based Dynamic Bending Lighting, and Speed-Dependent Lighting Technology.

The way the Bending Lighting tech works is this: Working with the Corsair’s front camera, the lighting looks at the road ahead, if it senses a corner, the system decides where the light is needed, and it then adjusts the headlights to put lighting where it is required immediately on the curve or bend. The Speed-Dependent Lighting works like this: At high speeds, the light is directed to the road ahead, while at lower speeds, the headlight adjusts to illuminate areas around the car.

Lighting Systems Help Corsair’s Big WinThe

Corsair, a small luxury SUV, and its corporate twin, the Ford Escape, earned superior ratings for its standard and optional front prevention systems and gained acceptable scores for its curve-adaptive LED project headlights. The Corsair earned superior ratings for both its standard and optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems and received an acceptable rating for its available curve-adaptive LED projector headlights.

To qualify for a Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle has to earn good ratings in:
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  • The driver-side small overlap front test
  • The moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint test
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    Also, vehicles will qualify for the award if they receive good or acceptable ratings in the passenger-side small overlap front test. And, the car must have an advanced or superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.

    A Bit More About The Lincoln Corsair

    Meantime, here’s a bit about the 2020 Corsair, one of the keys to the Lincoln brand. A small luxury SUV, the Corsair has two turbocharged engine options. The first is the 2.0-liter four that cranks out 250 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. The second is a 2.3-liter four that turns out 295 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque.

    The Corsair rounds out the brand’s portfolio of luxury SUVs. It combines refined power with excellent handling and a whisper-quiet ride, which are also trademarks of the Corsair’s siblings, the mid-sized Navigator, and the full-sized Aviator. Corsair remains true to its Quiet Flight DNA.

    Corsair Continues Lincoln’s Momentum

    The Corsair continues Lincoln’s momentum, following the launch of the Aviator, the brand’s all-new, three-row premium SUV, and its first plug-in hybrid offering, the Aviator Grand Touring.

    Sources: Lincoln and author research

    About the Author

    Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook

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    DeanMcManis (not verified)    November 22, 2019 - 4:06PM

    I think that the Lincoln Corsair is a good looking crossover, and that new intelligent headlight idea is cool. Lincoln just has a tough job of getting themselves noticed in today's sea of crossovers. Lately, the news has been buzzing about the upcoming 2021 RAV4 Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid crossover due out next year, but practically nobody knows that Lincoln will also be releasing the new Corsair with a plug-in hybrid crossover model as well. The hard part for Lincoln is that the RAV4 Prime will offer much farther EV range, will be much quicker, and will likely be much cheaper as well. Lincoln would be smarter if they just designed some pretty bodywork and a plush interior for the Ford Mach-E BEV and called it the Lincoln Lightning.