Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - January 2015

2014 Cadillac SRX red

As it ended 2014, so it began 2015: the BMW 3-Series and its 4-Series offshoot formed America's best-selling luxury auto lineup in January 2015. Outsold by 779 units was America's top-selling luxury utility vehicle, the Lexus RX.


• U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2015


The RX achieved a 17% year-over-year improvement despite sitting alongside a newer, more affordable competitor in its own showroom. Lexus also sold 2812 copies of the NX in January. Together, the RX and NX accounted for four out of every ten Lexus sales last month.

Only two of America's top 15 best-selling luxury nameplates reported year-over-year declines in January. Both those vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Cadillac SRX, are in the midst of downward trending streaks. E-Class sales have tumbled in six consecutive months. The SRX's January drop was its seventh in a row.

Mercedes-Benz was, however, America's leading luxury auto brand in January. Lexus trailed the three-pointed star by 1488 sales.

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.

January 2016 • February 2015 • December 2014January 2014

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
January 2015
January
2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
BMW 3-Series & 4-Series *
7348649413.2%7348649413.2%
#2
Lexus RX
6569560717.2%6569560717.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
623657488.5%623657488.5%
#4
Acura MDX
438142413.3%438142413.3%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
43365266-17.7%43365266-17.7%
#6
Lexus ES
408039593.1%408039593.1%
#7
Acura RDX
3517273028.8%3517273028.8%
#8
Cadillac SRX
34854446-21.6%34854446-21.6%
#9
Lexus IS
3375304810.7%3375304810.7%
#10
BMW 5-Series
335932692.8%335932692.8%
#11
BMW X5
3214275416.7%3214275416.7%
#12
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3144282411.3%3144282411.3%
#13
Infiniti Q50
296629490.6%296629490.6%
#14
Audi Q5
292727745.5%292727745.5%
#15
Acura TLX
2892------2892------
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
January 2015
January 2014
% Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
% Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
6607351488.0%6607351488.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
43365266-17.7%43365266-17.7%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
41301705142%41301705142%
#4
BMW 5-Series
335932692.8%335932692.8%
#5
BMW X5
3214275416.7%3214275416.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3144282411.3%3144282411.3%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
27661110149%27661110149%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1664704136%1664704136%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1100381189%1100381189%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
225-92.0%225-92.0%
#8
GMC Yukon
26491287106%26491287106%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
21272261-5.9%21272261-5.9%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2121154137.6%2121154137.6%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
1965865127%1965865127%
#12
Lexus GX460
1803144324.9%1803144324.9%
#13
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
175216128.7%175216128.7%
#14
Lexus GS
1679130029.2%1679130029.2%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1566128122.2%1566128122.2%
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 $44,660.
* 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 29% to 1563 in January.
Cadillac's new CTS - 1698 January 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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