Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - 2014 Year End

2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport
It's certainly not a shock to see the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series offspring, formerly known as the 3-Series two-doors) atop these rankings of America's best-selling luxury vehicles in the 2014 calendar year. 


• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2014 Year End


USA luxury auto brand sales chart 2014
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Not a single month passed over the last year in which the 3-Series/4-Series was not ranked number one on these pages. 

By the end of December, the 3er/4er family had generated 89% more sales than the next-best-selling premium brand car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a vehicle which spent much of the year transitioning out of the previous-generation and into the new iteration. 


America's top-selling luxury utility vehicle was once again the Lexus RX. Will the RX continue to sell in such large numbers now that it has a smaller rival in Lexus showrooms? 


It appears so, as Lexus sold 2905 NXs in December, RX volume rose 3.5% to 13,625 units.

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.


2015 Year End • 2013 Year End • 2012 Year End2011 Year End2010 Year End
Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
2014
2013

Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
142,232 119,521 19.0%
#2
Lexus RX
107,490103,9203.4%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
75,065 88,251 -14.9%
#4
Lexus ES
72,508 72,581 -0.1%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
66,400 69,803 -4.9%
#6
Acura MDX
65,603 53,040 23.7%
#7
Cadillac SRX
53,578 56,776 -5.6%
#8
BMW 5-Series
52,704 56,863 -7.3%
#9
Lexus IS
51,358 35,017 46.7%
#10
BMW X5
47,031 39,818 18.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
46,726 41,326 13.1%
#12
Acura RDX
44,865 44,750 0.3%
#13
Audi Q5
42,420 40,355 5.1%
#14
Audi A4 *
38,679 42,130 -8.2%
#15
Infiniti Q50
36,899 17,816 107%
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 $45,000
2014
2013

Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
97,726 83,502 17.0%
#2
Chevrolet Suburban
55,009 51,260 7.3%
#3
BMW 5-Series
52,704 56,863 -7.3%
#4
BMW X5
47,031 39,818 18.1%
#5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
46,726 41,326 13.1%
#6
GMC Yukon
41,569 28,302 46.9%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
34,839 17,291 101%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
30,522 22,514 35.6%

Cadillac Escalade ^
19,482 12,592 54.7%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
10,987 7950 38.2%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
53 1972 -97.3%
#9
GMC Yukon XL
29,752 31,258 -4.8%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
26,597 29,912 -11.1%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
25,276 13,303 90.0%
#12
Lexus GX460
22,685 12,136 86.9%
#13
Lexus GS
22,198 19,742 12.4%
#14
Audi Q7
18,517 15,978 15.9%
#15
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
17,897 15,976 12.0%
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 the Audi A6, which starts at $44,800.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant.
* 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 7.5% to 33,993 in 2014.
Cadillac's new CTS - 31,115 2014 sales - starts at $45,100, but the lingering CTS Coupe is a sub-$40K car, and the wagon starts at $42,195. The ANDC estimates that Tesla sold 26,400 copies of the Model S in 2014, but ANDC estimates for Tesla have typically proven to be on the very high side.


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