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

2015 BMW X3
As March goes, so goes April. In the fourth month of 2014, as in the third, fully eight of the 15 best-selling premium auto brand vehicles were SUVs or crossovers of one kind or another. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart April 2014
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Premium SUVs and crossovers are led by the Lexus RX. The Lexus, soon to be joined by a smaller NX which carries much lower sales expectations, outsold the surging Acura MDX by nearly 3000 units in April 2014 and the healthy Cadillac SRX by 3583 units. 

They were joined in the top 15 by the BMW X5, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz ML, BMW X3, and Audi Q5. 

While three of the seven top premium brand passenger cars sold less often this April than in April 2013, the same can't be said for any of the top eight utility vehicles.

BMW's 3-Series, including its 4-Series offshoot, was the leading premium brand nameplate in April 2014. April marked the eighth consecutive month atop the luxury leaderboard for the BMW, sales of which are up 18% this year. Overall, the 3-Series/4-Series tandem finished 20th among passenger cars in April. There were three other BMWs in the top 15, including the X3, sales of which grew at a faster clip than any other top seller in April.


• Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - April 2015
• Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - May 2014
• Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - March 2014
• Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - April 2013
• Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In America - April 2014


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.

April 2015 • May 2014 • March 2014April 2013

Rank
Luxury Vehicle
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW 3-Series/4-Series *
9794823618.9%34,19928,89818.3%
#2
Lexus RX
8130705315.3%29,36228,4573.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6056443136.7%21,92818,12021.0%
#4
Lexus ES
6036512217.8%21,13921,923-3.6%
#5
Acura MDX
5180287780.0%19,77711,60570.4%
#6
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
51147338-30.3%22,14330,250-26.8%
#7
Cadillac SRX
4547347830.7%19,45016,33419.1%
#8
BMW X5
4393344427.6%14,15315,335-7.7%
#9
Acura RDX
434440886.3%14,56513,2479.9%
#10
BMW 5-Series
39735234-24.1%14,92517,373-14.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3831328016.8%13,96512,44212.2%
#12
Lexus IS
37801797110%15,2386970119%
#13
BMW X3
3544191485.2%13,974912553.1%
#14
Audi A4 *
35163611-2.6%12,20313,406-9.0%
#15
Audi Q5
329332411.6%12,06711,4375.5%
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, 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
April
2014
April
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6056443136.7%21,92818,12021.0%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
4840368231.5%11,56413,097-11.7%
#3
BMW X5
4393344427.6%14,15315,335-7.7%
#4
BMW 5-Series
39735234-24.1%14,92517,373-14.1%
#5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3831328016.8%13,96512,44212.2%
#6
GMC Yukon
37331577138%10,249849420.7%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
3514974261%11,6933915199%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
25062752-8.9%61857817-20.9%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
22532481-9.2%767110,099-24.0%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2006130553.7%6829520331.3%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1909110373.1%7278418074.1%
#12
Porsche Cayenne
183917505.1%611959313.2%
#13
Lexus GX460
1639655150%65462786135%
#14
Lexus GS
1500123621.4%6858532528.8%
#15
Audi Q7
1462118323.6%5551408435.9%
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 $44,895 Chevrolet Tahoe.
^ In April, Infiniti also sold 1525 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 846 Q60s.

^ Regular-wheelbase Escalade, the best-selling Escalade, found 877 buyers in April.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. A4 sales here include the Allroad, without which A4 sales were up 0.8% to 3167 in April.
Cadillac's new CTS - 3270 April 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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