2022 Lincoln Corsair Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brake, structure, & backover prevention issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The Lincoln Corsair is a relatively new, small luxury SUV that was launched in the U.S. in the summer of 2020. Manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, it is the Lincoln brand’s first electric all-wheel drive that delivers what is promoted as a powerful, confident, and nimble SUV.” It is also Lincoln’s best-selling vehicle.

According to Lincoln, 2022 sales were up 21.1% through the end of August. But sales don’t, of course, relate to problems and complaints.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Lincoln Corsair

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Electrical System
Service Brakes
Seat Belts
Fuel/propulsion System
Visibility:sun/moon Roof Assembly
Back Over Prevention: Sensing System: Camera

When the 2022 model was launched, Consumer Reports said they expected it to be “much less reliable than the average new car.” Their prediction was based on data from 2020 models.

A three-star Edmunds review that gives reliability one out of five stars says there are “so many irritations that I won’t be purchasing another Lincoln. It is telling that Consumer Reports ranked Lincoln dead last in reliability and they aren’t completely wrong.”

Consumer Reports has subsequently highlighted two recalls. These are, as the law requires, listed on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.

The first recall, issued in March 2022, warns that the SUV’s high voltage battery might fail. If it does, the sudden loss of drive power increases the risk of a crash. While they assess that only three vehicles are affected, the second recall potentially affects 100,689 vehicles. This recall is due to an engine compartment fire risk that relates to possible engine failure.

Most Common Problems with the 2021 Lincoln Corsair

Consumer complaints to the NHTSA and other sources are varied. Complaints about the structure of the vehicle are considerably higher than complaints about performance. However, brakes are a problem area, as is functionality relating to the backup camera, which affects backover protection.

2022 Lincoln Corsair Brake Problems

If your SUV brakes don’t work properly, you could be in big trouble.

A complaint to the NHTSA from a 2022 Lincoln Corsair owner in California reports several instances when the SUV’s braking system malfunctioned. For example, while driving at about 20 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle continued to move forward without slowing down. On another occasion, “the front passenger’s side wheel made contact with the curb due to the braking failure.” The failure mileage was reportedly 1,600.

A complaint from an owner in Kansas seems to be related to an electrical problem. It states that the luxury car’s three-seat memory recall positions don’t work correctly. Furthermore, the complaint claims that this has been a problem since the first 2020 model Lincoln Corsair.

“The computer-stored position does not remember the position resulting in one getting jammed against the steering wheel and jamming one’s feet into the pedals.” Instead of the seat recall feature being disabled unless stopped, “the feature can be activated when moving slowly, like when approaching a stop at a stop sign or the garage door.”

A serious result of the problem is that, when this happens, the driver cannot “press the brake or jam the gas pedal.”

2021 Lincoln Corsair Structural Problems

There is one complaint to the NHTSA that relates to the structure of the Lincoln Corsair. The problem is that the roof of the SUV leaks water above the driver’s seat when it rains. According to the complaint, water seems to enter the roof panel through the windshield glass seal rather than the sunroof.

“The water drips on the driver seat and the steering wheel and has caused discoloration to the driver seat. This water leak distracted me while driving due to (a) sudden water leak, it is not safe as it could cause (an) accident.”

The Edmunds review mentioned above also says: “Build quality is abysmal. You never know what features will take a vacation. Liftgate? Power seats? Auto hold? The list goes on. There are more creaks, pops, squeaks, and rattles that any car should have, especially a Lincoln. Even the seats have become noisy. There is a carpeted exterior wheel liner that falls loose and looks awful. Dealer said it was fixed, twice but (it’s) still hanging loose.”

Another Edmunds review objects to so much plastic in the interior of the SUV. “Granted it is mostly in the areas that you do not readily see. But still, this is supposed to be a luxury SUV.”

2022 Lincoln Corsair Backup Camera & Radio Problems

An NHTSA complaint from an owner in Los Angeles is listed as a backover prevention problem. The issue is that the backup camera doesn’t seem to be connected to the vehicle. After doing a reset suggested by Lincoln chat, the camera still doesn’t sync with the SUV.

“I also have to manually turn (the) radio off because the screen will literally stay on and run the battery. I am simply scared to drive my new vehicle!“

An Edmunds review also criticizes the radio. “One thing that is really important to me is the sound system. The Corsair’s sounds like my transistor radio from the 1960s. What a disappointment.”

What to do if your 2022 Lincoln Corsair is a lemon? Your Lemon Rights

If you have a recurring problem with your 2022 Lincoln Corsair that substantially affects its safety, reliability, or value, you may have bought a lemon.

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Complaint Data

CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateMar 17, 2023
Electrical system. Yes. While driving in traffic both on surface streets and the freeway the power in my vehicle stopped. The vehicle went from drive to park on its own. The battery light came on. The start/stop light went from solid green to blinking green. Vehicles around me had to stop suddenly to avoid a collision and the wait until I could restart the vehicle. This has happened a few times. No. No.
CategoryEngine, Seat Belts, Seats
DateMar 13, 2023
The seat belts in my vehicle takes two to three times to click and stay, the back seat belt on the passenger side was stuck and could not be worn for about a month after the vehicle was driven from odessa, tx to me in memphis, tn on july 1, 2022. The head rest on the passenger side will not adjust at all. It is still stuck forward and is hard to rest my head against it. The advanced driver assistance systems has stopped working since I got the truck, the steering wheel use to put the vehicle back in my lane but it does not do that anymore. I'm not sure what the difference is between the lane departure warning and the lane keeping assistance but it seems neither one works. Last, but not least the vehicle has a smell coming from it like something is burning under the hood. This vehicle already has two recalls and I called the dealership in memphis, tn and spoke with allison and she told me the parts for these recalls were not in and that I really did not have to get them fixed!!!!! I live in southaven, mississippi and have been trying to get rid of this vehicle since february because it is not worth the money and I am having a very hard time getting a decent offer for it so I won't be so much upside down on the next vehicle I choose. This is my first lincoln and my last!!!! Oh and not to mention, the first recall was december 2022 and I received the mail regarding the recall february 12th or later. One more thing I need to mention, the driver seat hurts to sit in, it's like the seat digs into your thighs. There is lumbar support for your back in the front seats but it feels like seat cushion have an issue with being too hard.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 23, 2022
Prior issue 11497970 reported on 12/19/2022. Car stopped without warning in traffic on november 30 and would not start or switch gears to neutral. Towed to hines park lincoln and spent 16 days in the repair shop. It was returned to me on december 15. On december 20, I started the car to drive it for a first test drive around the block. It traveled 2 houses and stopped. After several tries, I got it started and made it to the front of my driveway (blocking the entrance). The car was totally dead. The first tow truck driver could not get it on the flatbed as the wheels were locked. The second truck had rollers to move the car onto the flatbed. My wife will not ride in the car as she does not feel safe. Obviously, if the car stops suddenly on a busy highway or expressway, or any road, it will likely end up in a rearend collision of at least 2 cars. It has a dangerous, safety issue. We don't want the car anymore. Can you do anything to help us?
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 19, 2022
The car unexpectantly stopped on nov. 30 and would not start on a residential road close to a traffic light. It totally conked out and nothing worked except for the hazard lights. Cars had to be diverted around us in busy traffic, the tow truck driver could not get it in neutral and had to take something apart on the dashboard console. The dealership worked for days pulling the plugs, cleaning them, replacing them and the car continued to die out. Their hotline advised them to use carb clean. Which got it started. They tested it for 5 miles and delivered it back dec. 15. It has been parked in our garage ever since as we don't feel safe driving the car at this point. If the problem recurs, especially on the expressway, we would likely die with the car, as well as involving other people. The car is 9 months old with 6000 miles on it. This was not a simple repair and may or may not have permanently solved the problem. With this terrifying experience, we do not feel safe in the car. This is a leased, practically new car with a dangerous problem.
CategoryVisibility:sun/moon Roof Assembly
DateOct 07, 2022
The contact owns a 2022 lincoln corsair. The contact stated that while driving 76 mph a loud booming sound suddenly occurred when the front section of the panoramic sunroof exploded and shattered. Moments later, the glass from the shattered sunroof fell into to vehicle hitting the driver. While attempting to prevent the glass from striking the head, the driver's right hand and arm sustained lacerations and bruising from the falling shards of glass. The injuries did not require medical treatment. Additionally, the front driver's side and passenger's side seats were damaged by the falling glass. The contact indicated that no objects had struck the vehicle to cause the failure to occur. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The local dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 13,000.
CategoryService Brakes
DateSep 26, 2022
The contact owns a 2022 lincoln corsair. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the braking system malfunctioned and the vehicle continued driving forward without slowing down. On one occasion, the front passenger's side wheel made contact with the curb due to braking failure. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The manufacturer and local dealer were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,600.
CategoryStructure:body, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 04, 2022
The roof of my lincoln 2022 roof leaks water above the driver seat during rain, while driving, or when the car is parked. I checked the sunroof, but there is no sign of a water leak from around the seal. It looks like the water is entering the roof panel either from the front windshield glass or elsewhere. The water drips on the driver seat and the steering wheel and has caused discoloration to the driver seat. This water leak distracted me while driving due to sudden water leak, it is not safe as it could cause accident.
CategoryBack Over Prevention: Sensing System: Camera
DateMay 15, 2022
The screen in which my backup camera appears on seems to not be connected to my vehicle. This screen is also the primary method for controlling ac, radio, parking/camera, and general settings. Initially it was black and did not turn on. After doing some type of “reset” that was suggested during the lincoln chat, it came on; however, it looks like it was updated with a ford update, is blue, and looks completely different. It also does not sync to my vehicle and backup camera still does not work. I also have to manually turn radio off because the screen will literally stay on and run the battery. I am simply scared to drive my new vehicle! Service can not get me in until next week which makes me nervous!
CategorySeats, Service Brakes, Steering
DateMar 25, 2022
This luxury car has seat three seat memory positions: when you press the button the seat should go back to the computer-stored position (for the seat and steering wheel). The computer-stored position does not remember the position resulting in one getting jammed against the steering wheel and jamming ones feet into the peddles. While the seat memory recall feature is intended to be disabled unless stopped, the feature can be activated when moving slowly, like when approaching a stop at a stop sign or the garage door. The combination of the defect in the computer-stored position and being able to activate the feature while moving slowly has almost led to me not being able to press the brake or jam the gas pedal. This problem also existed in the 2020 model corsair and I presume the 2021 model corsair. The central fix should be lincoln fixes the seat (steering wheel too) memory recall feature.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Parvin A

    I’m a person who loves Lincoln company . But unfortunately I never ever had a worth car more than Corsair hybrid 2022. I got my car August 2022. It has a big list of issue in dealership Yonge & steeles branch . They told me you should wait for part ok I will wait but it’s just for seat problem. As well it has many problems I am paying $1000 a month but it’s look like old car no one care … inside door has noise. Seat has movement . Door was scratched . Front tire has very bad noise like helicopters… you can ask them in the branch . All of them knows they have a long list of problems. My name is …. and my car is under my business name .
    I really don’t know how should complain and to whom?
    I want to have new one or stop charging me until problem are solve .
    Give me an advise and show me a way to send them my huge complain.
    Thanks if you are caring about my request and follow up.

  • François G

    My 20222 Lincoln Corsair Hybrid was suppose to have an autonomy of 645 km. Since I have this car, I never got more than 300 km. I don’t know want to do since it already two times the car is going to the garage.

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