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Is the 2020 Lincoln Corsair good for a family?

A car review for parents.

Is the 2020 Lincoln Corsair good for a family?

Minivan? SUV? We're searching for a new family car and can't decide what should come next. So when Lincoln offered up a loaner of their new 2020 Lincoln Corsair I figured it would be the perfect chance to try out the luxury SUV and see if it would be the right fit for our family. [Full disclosure: They loaned us the car for testing, but did not pay for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.]

We only have one child so we don't need too many rows of seating, but since we're a one-car family we do need something that can be a workhorse for multiple situations—from hauling everyday groceries to packing in the whole crew for a multi-day road trip. They let us borrow it over the long Thanksgiving weekend so we had plenty of opportunities to check it out in different settings.

First impression: It's a really, really fancy car.

For context, our current car is a used 2013 Kia Soul that we paid for in cash when I was pregnant with our son. We were just looking for something easy to park on Brooklyn streets and would hold our little family of three and all the possessions that come with us. The back seat is currently covered in cookie crumbs, my 3-year-old's Halloween costume (yes, it's been there for months) and various other items that are too embarrassing to put in print.

When I saw this luxury SUV pull up with its gleaming white exterior and pretty navy leather interior, I thought, we definitely can't eat in that thing.

Our current car only cost about $10K and is basically the super base model, so it was a huge shift to go from a car that can barely drive (kidding, sort of) to one that was way more tricked out. The model that I drove (the 2020 Lincoln Corsair All Wheel Drive Reserve) starts at about $45K, but when you add in *all* the add-ons it comes in at about $60K.

Is this car worth six times the car we're driving now? I kept asking myself this the whole time we tested it.

Family-friendly features I liked:

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  • For safety-minded drivers, I appreciated the 360-degree view camera. Not only do you have a standard rearview camera when backing up, but you also get to see a top-down 360-view of everything that's around your car at the same time. It was kind of strange at first but at the end of our three days with the car, I really grew to appreciate it.
  • Sliding second row. You don't usually see this in two-row cars (so I've heard and read through doing research), but they included it here if you need more cargo space and less legroom (for example if you have a rear-facing car seat and your child doesn't need the space). This really helped when we needed extra room for getting Thanksgiving groceries and then hauling said Thanksgiving groceries (now in their delicious cooked form) and luggage to Grandma's house.
  • The driver and front passenger seats have a massage function! Okay, this is "family-friendly" because it helps to decrease your stress levels in the car when your toddler asks to play "Baby Shark" for the 20th time on the road trip back home. I've never seen this in a car before, but I also haven't spent time in many luxury cars so maybe this is just a feature that comes in vehicles at a higher price point. Either way, it was amazing.
  • I loved the various driver-assist features—like the adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel parking, steering assisted collision avoidance, blind-spot guidance, and automatic high beams. I'm more than happy to drive a car that has quicker reflexes than me, and I loved not having to turn the high beams on then off whenever another car was coming. I wish our current car had the blind spot guidance on the side mirrors the way the Lincoln does. I know most newer cars come with that now and it's just such a great feature to have when you're driving on busy highways.

The really awesome extras you don't "need" but really appreciate:

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  • The panoramic vista roof lets so much light stream into the car if you're driving on a sunny day. When the shade is fully back, it feels like you're just surrounded by glass and it feels so luxurious and airy.
  • Like any other luxury vehicle, the car designers really put in a ton of thought into the car driving experience and how to make it as exciting and comfortable as possible. This car had a 24-way control for the driver and passenger seats, essentially letting you adjust every angle of the seat you're sitting in, including lumbar support, leg support, angle of the chair and how high or low you want it. It has an automatic lift gate for the trunk, dual-zone climate control (no fighting with the husband when he's too cold and I'm too hot), heated seats, remote keyless entry and remote start.
  • I also really loved the user experience when you plugged in your iPhone to the car's USB. It would pull up your phone controls on the monitor console, and you could control everything through there—from your music to your Google maps. Plus, they've made charging your phone super easy in this car. They have a wireless charging "pocket" you can slide your phone into so it charges as you drive.

Okay, so what's the downside?

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I'd say the only downside of this fabulous massaging wonder-vehicle is the price. At least for my pretty humble middle-class family, it's hard to drop $60K (or justify dropping $60K) for something to get us from point A to point B. But depending on your family, and your own needs, it might be worth it to you. This car does start at around $36K for the standard 4-wheel drive, which can make this luxury brand a lot more attainable for most people.

Bottom line:

So, to answer my question from earlier about whether or not this car is worth six times the price of the car I drive now—I'd say yes and no.

For as much time as we spend in the car going on family trips or even just driving our kiddo back and forth to school and his various activities, it does make the entire experience so much more pleasant, convenient and worry-free overall (the car does so much thinking for you, it's kind of great).

But if you are going to drop your dough on a car like this, you do have other options with similar luxury brands like BMW, Audi or Mercedes. They, too, offer SUVs or crossovers in a similar price range. I'm not sure how the amenities of those cars compare to this one, though, so it would take a discerning car buyer some time to go through each of the offerings from the different brands to decide what would be best for them and their family.

To sum up, though, as my gear head brother says, "It's not about the bells and whistles, it's about how the car makes you feel," and this car made me feel like Beyoncé was singing to me on a sunny day. It was a really fabulous experience and one I would certainly do over again.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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