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Lexus and Lincoln have a lot riding on new compact crossovers

Lexus and Lincoln, the moneyed offshoots of Toyota and Ford, are the latest automakers to enter the hotly contested compact crossover segment. But despite cooking the same dish, the Lexus NX200t and the Lincoln MKC use very different recipes. Both are all new, aimed at the fastest-growing segment in the luxury space. Market share for compact crossovers has more than doubled since 2009, according to new vehicle registration data from Polk. The growth will continue, as empty-nesters and young newcomers to the luxury world are drawn to the higher seating position, cargo-eating utility, smooth ride and increasing fuel economy offered by these $30,000 to $50,000 vehicles. Each of these...