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

2014 Acura MDX
The BMW 3-Series continues to be America's best-selling premium brand automobile. 

Granted, BMW USA continues to combine the sales figures for the 3-Series and the 4-Series, which used to be a 3-Series. Regardless, U.S. sales of the duo are up 18% this year, and they're responsible for 35.5% of the BMW brand's year-to-date volume. 


All 258 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales


USA luxury auto brand market share chart May 2014
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The second and third-ranked vehicles in May generated 59.4% of the Lexus brand's volume. RX sales rose 9%; ES volume jumped 11%. 

Sales of the fourth, fifth, and sixth-ranked premium brand vehicles also increased in May. In fact, the Acura MDX and BMW X3 easily doubled their May 2013 U.S. output.

In total, four of the 15 best-selling premium brand automobiles in America in May 2014 were BMWs, including two utility vehicles. Lexus and Mercedes-Benz each grabbed three spots. 

GCBC has also compiled a list of the 15 best-selling vehicles in America which possess base MSRPs in excess of $45,000. Four of the top eight are GM products. None of those four are Cadillacs. 

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.

May 2015 • June 2014 • April 2014 • May 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
10,915930717.3%45,11438,20518.1%
#2
Lexus RX
947687148.7%38,83837,1714.5%
#3
Lexus ES
6523589010.7%27,66227,813-0.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6168493025.1%28,09623,05021.9%
#5
Acura MDX
59972781116%25,77414,38679.2%
#6
BMW X3
57232134168%19,69711,25974.9%
#7
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
52848013-34.1%27,42738,263-28.3%
#8
Cadillac SRX
4762374427.2%24,21220,07820.6%
#9
BMW 5-Series
4752403417.8%19,67721,407-8.1%
#10
Lexus IS
44031897132%19,6418867122%
#11
BMW X5
4313271858.7%18,46618,0532.3%
#12
Acura RDX
42994930-12.8%18,86418,1773.8%
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4084321926.9%18,04915,66115.2%
#14
Audi Q5
3836338013.5%15,90314,8177.3%
#15
Lincoln MKZ
371434906.4%15,98611,26042.0%
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
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6168493025.1%28,09623,05021.9%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
5423475314.1%16,98717,850-4.8%
#3
BMW 5-Series
4752403417.8%19,67721,407-8.1%
#4
GMC Yukon
44091814143%14,65810,30842.2%
#5
BMW X5
4313271858.7%18,46618,0532.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4084321926.9%18,04915,66115.2%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
3328905268%15,0214820212%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
31645063-37.5%934912,880-27.4%
#9
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT ^
2513192830.3%74888775-14.7%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
23262428-4.2%999712,527-20.2%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2173119082.6%9451537076.0%
#12
Lexus GX460
1958745163%85043531141%
#13
Lexus GS
17532015-13.0%8611734017.3%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1496110535.4%8325630832.0%
#15
Audi Q7
1455126914.7%7006535330.9%
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.
^ In May, Infiniti also sold 1694 copies of the Q50's predecessor, the G sedan, and 1004 Q60s.

^ Regular-wheelbase Escalade, the best-selling Escalade, found 1664 buyers in May.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series.
Cadillac's new CTS - 2905 May 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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