Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – October 2014


Of October 2014’s 15 best-selling vehicles in America with base prices above $45,000, five were GM products, four were Mercedes-Benzes, and three were BMWs. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – October 2014 YTD

USA luxury auto brand market share chart October 2014
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BMW led the list with the 5-Series, though 5er sales decreased in October. Indeed, sales of the three leading $45K+ vehicles all declined year-over-year, while four other members of the top 15 posted decreased volume compared with October 2013, as well.

Among all premium brand vehicles, regardless of price, BMW was again in front, although the 5-Series fell to sixth place when less costly vehicles are taken into account. The Acura TLX surged forward once again with continually rising sales: 4890 TLX sedans were sold in October, nearly double the total achieved by the TL and TSX a year ago.

America’s leading premium brand car line, BMW’s 3-Series and 4-Series, finished the month 49,224-unit year-to-date lead over the next-best-selling premium brand car, Lexus’s ES, and a 23,793-unit year-to-date lead over the next-best-selling premium brand vehicle, Lexus’s RX. The RX leads the Acura MDX in the luxury SUV standings by 30,641 units. The Cadillac SRX is 8284 units back of the Acura heading into November.

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.

October 2015 • November 2014 • September 2014October 2013

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
October 2014
October
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
13,621 11,715 16.3% 108,066 89,636 20.6%
#2
Lexus RX
8057 7979 1.0% 84,273 81,258 3.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7412 6548 13.2% 57,582 73,144 -21.3%
#4
Lexus ES
5932 5997 -1.1% 58,842 58,073 1.3%
#5
Acura MDX
5324 5608 -5.1% 53,632 40,411 32.7%
#6
BMW 5-Series
4914 5020 -2.1% 44,082 43,701 0.9%
#7
Acura TLX
4890 11,060
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3936 6456 -39.0% 56,544 52,462 7.8%
#9
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3797 3113 22.0% 35,911 32,513 10.5%
#10
Lexus IS
3771 3570 5.6% 40,809 25,630 59.2%
#11
Cadillac SRX
3640 5373 -32.3% 45,348 45,879 -1.2%
#12
Audi Q5
3571 3380 5.7% 33,685 31,979 5.3%
#13
BMW X5
3355 2140 56.7% 36,376 33,420 8.8%
#14
Acura RDX
3178 3333 -4.7% 36,273 36,872 -1.6%
#15
Cadillac CTS
3096 2073 49.3% 26,017 26,483 -1.8%

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, 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
October 2014
October
2013
% Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 5-Series
4914 5020 -2.1% 44,082 43,701 0.9%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
4615 5648 -18.3% 43,203 40,228 7.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3936 6456 -39.0% 56,544 52,462 7.8%
#4
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3797 3113 22.0% 35,911 32,513 10.5%
#5
BMW X5
3355 2140 56.8% 36,376 33,420 8.8%
#6
GMC Yukon
2977 3021 -1.5% 33,661 21,928 53.5%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
2959 3929 -24.7% 28,909 11,759 146%
#8
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2666 1914 39.3% 19,581 9539 105%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2410 2565 -6.0% 20,138 24,747 -18.6%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
2148 3489 -38.4% 24,076 25,435 -5.3%
#11
Cadillac Escalade
2143 1814 18.1% 23,545 18,357 28.3%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1390 1069 30.0% 15,095 10,022 50.6%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
753 608 23.8% 8400 6524 28.8

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
137 -100% 50 1811 -97.2%
#12
Lexus GX460
1936 1498 29.2% 17,935 8603 109%
#13
Audi Q7
1738 1403 23.9% 14,843 12,175 21.9%
#14
BMW 7-Series
1680 623 170% 7944 9196 -13.6%
#15
Lexus GS
1365 1293 5.6% 17,617 15,548 13.3%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
$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.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant
In October, Infiniti sold 1258 copies of the Q50’s predecessor, the G sedan, and 496 Q60s to go along with 2964 Q50s.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. GCBC combines sales of the Audi A4 and Audi A4 Allroad. None-Allroad sales were down 25% to 2268 in October.
Cadillac’s new CTS – 3096 October 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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