Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In America – September 2014 YTD


2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class off road

Mercedes-Benz USA sold their first 991 GLA-Class crossovers, also known as CLA-Class hatchbacks, in September 2014. We’ll quickly see how the GLA fares in comparison to its two most direct rivals. BMW sold 1840 X1s in September, but X1 sales have fallen 14% this year. Audi sold 1092 Q3s in September, the Q3’s first full month on sale.

U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV Sales Rankings By Model – September 2014 YTD

USA luxury SUV sales chart September 2014
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These are the tiny contenders in the luxury SUV sector. (Some would add the underpowered, questionably-styled, much more common, and significantly less costly Sonic-based Buick Encore into the mix. 3848 were sold in September.) Move up a notch in terms of size and/or price and the Audi Q5 is currently battling the Acura RDX for U.S. sales supremacy. 

Sitting in GCBC’s driveway this week is the fast version of the most popular Audi in America, the SQ5. It’s wonderful, and it’s also been around for quite a while in its current form. Yet Q5 sales have steadily risen every year since it went on sale in 2009. The Q5 outsold the RDX by ten units in September but trails the RDX by nearly 3000 units heading into the fourth quarter.

Acura is also a dominant player in the three-row premium crossover race. MDX volume is up 39% this year. The Lexus RX is the only premium brand utility vehicle which sells more often than the MDX. 

Back to the GLA, it’s worth noting that the term crossover applies here about as well as it does anywhere. The GLA clearly crosses over, and back, from one category to another. (This also tells us just how useless the term “crossover” really is.) The GLA250 4Matic is less than four inches taller than the CLA250 4Matic sedan, 60 inches compared with 56.6, but it’s 10.7 inches shorter, road to roof, than the Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2015 • October 2014 • August 2014September 2013

Compact
Luxury SUV
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1092
1335
1840
1844 -0.2% 15,728 18,348 -14.3%
991
991
Total
3923
1844 113% 18,054 18,348 -1.6%

Small
Luxury SUV
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3230
3022 6.9% 33,095 33,539 -1.3%
3240
3268 -0.9% 30,114 28,599 5.3%
1808
1580 14.4% 27,198 20,065 35.5%
380
1043
209
177 18.1% 2116 1366 54.9%
449
244 84.0% 3211 2314 38.8%
771
706 9.2% 8986 8169 10.0%
1763
6418
2646
2387 10.9% 28,229 23,285 21.2%
702
4649
1593
1355 17.6% 13,901 15,441 -10.0%
Total
16,791
12,739 31.8% 158,960 132,778 19.7%

Midsize Luxury SUV
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4864
4539 7.2% 48,308 34,803 38.8%
3
17 -82.4% 69 323 -78.6%
1365
1386 -1.5% 13,105 10,772 21.7%
4398
4667 -5.8% 33,021 31,280 5.6%
19
394 -95.2% 2998 3816 -21.4%
3700
4362 -15.2% 41,708 40,506 3.0%
2182
2111 3.4% 22,613 22,667 -0.2%
331
328 0.9% 3993 4667 -14.4%
300
553 -45.8% 3500 5487 -36.2%
843
1191 -29.2% 13,633 10,984 24.1%
1570
753 108% 15,999 7105 125%
7453
7601 -1.9% 76,216 73,279 4.0%
259
414 -37.4% 3725 4658 -20.0%
1589
1565 1.5% 18,728 17,398 7.6%
3460
3180 8.8% 32,114 29,400 9.2%
1196
1396 -14.3% 12,940 13,913 -7.0%
646
658 -1.8% 5200 6296 -17.4%
559
361 54.8% 3748 3639 3.0%
181
456 -60.3% 3530 5161 -31.6%
Total
34,918
35,932 -2.8% 355,148 326,154 8.9%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains you’ll see the XC70 listed with luxury cars as well as with SUVs and crossovers and the Touareg with luxury SUVs and mainstream SUVs… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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