Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - March 2014

2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport
In March 2014, five of America's 15 best-selling premium brand vehicles were BMWs, including the 10th, 11th, and 12th-ranked vehicles, the X3, X1, and X5. BMW also sells an X6, sales of which slid 9% to 372 units, and will soon sell an X4. 


Those BMWs were joined by a Lexus trio, including the top-ranked premium utility vehicle, the RX, sales of which jumped 10% in March. There's just the one Cadillac and one Lincoln to go along with two Acura crossovers and three Benzes. 

You'll find no Mercedes-Benz CLA here. Only 1725 were sold in the United States in March. CLA volume has fallen in five consecutive months on a month-to-month basis. (The CLA hasn't been on sale long enough for year-over-year comparisons.) When 4895 CLAs were sold in its first full month on sale, expectations perhaps rose to unreasonable levels. The CLA ranked ninth on this list that month.

GCBC has a second list in this post where you'll see the rankings for vehicles which, at their entry point, are priced beyond $45,000. That list is led by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, sales of which jumped 58% last month. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these top-selling luxury vehicles can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well.

March 2015 • April 2014 • February 2014March 2013

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
March 2014
March
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
10,120885814.2%24,40520,66218.1%
#2
Lexus RX
994390729.6%21,23221,404-0.8%
#3
Lexus ES
67846798-0.2%15,10316,801-10.1%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6335400958.0%15,87213,68915.9%
#5
Acura MDX
5793320780.6%14,597872867.2%
#6
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
56608396-32.6%17,02922,912-25.7%
#7
Cadillac SRX
5399436823.6%14,90312,85615.9%
#8
Lexus IS
48932255117%11,4585173121%
#9
Acura RDX
4580387518.2%10,221915911.6%
#10
BMW X3
4430303146.2%10,430721144.6%
#11
BMW X1
4307276455.8%7968541147.3%
#12
BMW X5
409438765.6%976011,891-17.9%
T13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4052350115.7%10,134916210.6%
T13
Lincoln MKZ
4052236071.7%92183758145%
#15
BMW 5-Series
38655306-27.2%10,95212,139-9.8%
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Tesla, and Lotus don't report specific monthly sales data. Bentley and Maserati only report brand totals. Buick has been excluded with a bunch of other automakers that don't sell vehicles with base prices higher than $40K.

Rank
Vehicles
With Base Prices Above $45K
March 2014
March
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6335400958.0%15,87213,68915.9%
#2
BMW X5
409438765.6%976011,891-17.9%
#3
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4052350115.7%10,134916210.6%
#4
BMW 5-Series
38655306-27.2%10,95212,139-9.8%
#5
Chevrolet Corvette
34801053230%81792941178%
#6
GMC Yukon
3280265523.5%65166917-5.8%
#7
BMW 6-Series
3063877249%4127207199.3%
#8
Chevrolet Suburban
29843378-11.7%67249415-28.6%
#9
Lexus GS
2484188232.0%5358408931.0%
#10
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2299121689.1%5369307774.5%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
21332803-23.9%54187618-28.9%
#12
Lexus GX460
1874770143%49072131130%
#13
Porsche Cayenne
1862150823.5%428041812.4%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1747138626.0%4823389823.7%
#15
GMC Yukon XL
17042293-25.7%36795065-27.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
$45,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, but if GCBC was to follow this system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, adding approximately $15,000 to the average new car transaction price seemed like a fitting place to begin. Plenty of less expensive vehicles with specific models feature prices above $45,000 - M, RS, and AMG models come to mind, specifically - but in the case of the second list, we know that none of the registrations were of cars priced at $32,750, as would be the case with the new BMW 320i, which costs less than a Honda Accord V6 Touring. The biggest problem with a $45,000 minimum price of entry? Cars like the Cadillac XTS, which starts at $44,600, and SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe, which also starts at $44,600.
^ In March, Infiniti sold 2001 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 594 Q60s and 3795 Q50s.

^ Regular-wheelbase Escalade, the best-selling Escalade, found 743 buyers in March.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series.
Cadillac's new CTS - 2918 March sales - starts at $45,100, but the lingering CTS Coupe is a sub-$40K car, and the wagon starts at $42,195.


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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - March 2015
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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - February 2014
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - March 2013

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