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 *
10,915 9307 17.3% 45,114 38,205 18.1%
#2
Lexus RX
9476 8714 8.7% 38,838 37,171 4.5%
#3
Lexus ES
6523 5890 10.7% 27,662 27,813 -0.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6168 4930 25.1% 28,096 23,050 21.9%
#5
Acura MDX
5997 2781 116% 25,774 14,386 79.2%
#6
BMW X3
5723 2134 168% 19,697 11,259 74.9%
#7
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
5284 8013 -34.1% 27,427 38,263 -28.3%
#8
Cadillac SRX
4762 3744 27.2% 24,212 20,078 20.6%
#9
BMW 5-Series
4752 4034 17.8% 19,677 21,407 -8.1%
#10
Lexus IS
4403 1897 132% 19,641 8867 122%
#11
BMW X5
4313 2718 58.7% 18,466 18,053 2.3%
#12
Acura RDX
4299 4930 -12.8% 18,864 18,177 3.8%
#13
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4084 3219 26.9% 18,049 15,661 15.2%
#14
Audi Q5
3836 3380 13.5% 15,903 14,817 7.3%
#15
Lincoln MKZ
3714 3490 6.4% 15,986 11,260 42.0%

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
6168 4930 25.1% 28,096 23,050 21.9%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
5423 4753 14.1% 16,987 17,850 -4.8%
#3
BMW 5-Series
4752 4034 17.8% 19,677 21,407 -8.1%
#4
GMC Yukon
4409 1814 143% 14,658 10,308 42.2%
#5
BMW X5
4313 2718 58.7% 18,466 18,053 2.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
4084 3219 26.9% 18,049 15,661 15.2%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
3328 905 268% 15,021 4820 212%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
3164 5063 -37.5% 9349 12,880 -27.4%
#9
Cadillac Escalade & ESV/EXT ^
2513 1928 30.3% 7488 8775 -14.7%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2326 2428 -4.2% 9997 12,527 -20.2%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2173 1190 82.6% 9451 5370 76.0%
#12
Lexus GX460
1958 745 163% 8504 3531 141%
#13
Lexus GS
1753 2015 -13.0% 8611 7340 17.3%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1496 1105 35.4% 8325 6308 32.0%
#15
Audi Q7
1455 1269 14.7% 7006 5353 30.9%

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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