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 *
7348 6494 13.2% 7348 6494 13.2%
#2
Lexus RX
6569 5607 17.2% 6569 5607 17.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6236 5748 8.5% 6236 5748 8.5%
#4
Acura MDX
4381 4241 3.3% 4381 4241 3.3%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4336 5266 -17.7% 4336 5266 -17.7%
#6
Lexus ES
4080 3959 3.1% 4080 3959 3.1%
#7
Acura RDX
3517 2730 28.8% 3517 2730 28.8%
#8
Cadillac SRX
3485 4446 -21.6% 3485 4446 -21.6%
#9
Lexus IS
3375 3048 10.7% 3375 3048 10.7%
#10
BMW 5-Series
3359 3269 2.8% 3359 3269 2.8%
#11
BMW X5
3214 2754 16.7% 3214 2754 16.7%
#12
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3144 2824 11.3% 3144 2824 11.3%
#13
Infiniti Q50
2966 2949 0.6% 2966 2949 0.6%
#14
Audi Q5
2927 2774 5.5% 2927 2774 5.5%
#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
6607 3514 88.0% 6607 3514 88.0%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4336 5266 -17.7% 4336 5266 -17.7%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
4130 1705 142% 4130 1705 142%
#4
BMW 5-Series
3359 3269 2.8% 3359 3269 2.8%
#5
BMW X5
3214 2754 16.7% 3214 2754 16.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
3144 2824 11.3% 3144 2824 11.3%
#7
Cadillac Escalade
2766 1110 149% 2766 1110 149%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1664 704 136% 1664 704 136%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1100 381 189% 1100 381 189%

Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
2 25 -92.0% 2 25 -92.0%
#8
GMC Yukon
2649 1287 106% 2649 1287 106%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
2127 2261 -5.9% 2127 2261 -5.9%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2121 1541 37.6% 2121 1541 37.6%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
1965 865 127% 1965 865 127%
#12
Lexus GX460
1803 1443 24.9% 1803 1443 24.9%
#13
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1752 1612 8.7% 1752 1612 8.7%
#14
Lexus GS
1679 1300 29.2% 1679 1300 29.2%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1566 1281 22.2% 1566 1281 22.2%

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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