Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – 2015 Year End


2016 Lexus RX350

The Lexus RX was once again the top-selling premium brand new vehicle in America in 2015. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model: 2015 Year End

Now in the fourth iteration of a vehicle which shook the luxury arena in the late 90s, the RX outsold its nearest rival, the BMW 3-Series, by more than 6000 sales in 2015; outselling its nearest direct rival, the Cadillac SRX, by nearly 32,000 units.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart 2015 calendar year
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It was a record year for the SRX, but the Lexus, even in a challenging transition year, is an unstoppable force. Often criticized for bland dynamics, unfortunate styling, and a lack of third row, consumers consistently prove that the critics are wrong. 

100,610 U.S. buyers appreciated the Lexus RX’s dynamics, styling, and seating arrangement in 2015.

Among vehicles with base prices above $45,000, seven of the top 15 best-selling vehicles in America in 2015 were General Motors products. That group of seven includes one Cadillac sedan, a bevy of full-size SUVs, and the Chevrolet Corvette. The BMW X5’s 54,997 U.S. sales in 2015 ranked second in that group.

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.

2016 Year End • 2014 Year End • 2013 Year End • 2012 Year End

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
2015
2014

Change
#1
Lexus RX
100,610 107,490 -6.4%
#2
BMW 3-Series
94,527 100,970 -6.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
86,080 75,065 14.7%
#4
Cadillac SRX
68,850 53,578 28.5%
#5
Lexus ES
64,969 72,508 -10.4%
#6
Acura MDX
58,208 65,603 -11.3%
#7
BMW X5
54,997 47,031 16.9%
#8
Audi Q5
52,006 42,420 22.6%
#9
Acura RDX
51,026 44,865 13.7%
#10
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
49,736 66,401 -25.1%
#11
Acura TLX
47,080 19,127 146%
#12
Lexus IS
46,430 51,358 -9.6%
#13
BMW 4-Series
46,082 41,442 11.2%
#14
BMW 5-Series
44,162 52,704 -16.2%
#15
Infiniti Q50
43,874 36,899 18.9%

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
2015
2014

Change
#1
Chevrolet Tahoe
88,342 97,726 -9.6%
#2
BMW X5
54,997 47,031 16.9%
#3
Chevrolet Suburban
50,866 55,009 -7.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
49,736 66,401 -25.1%
#5
BMW 5-Series
44,162 52,704 -16.2%
#6
GMC Yukon
42,732 41,569 2.8%
#7
Ford Expedition
41,443 44,632 -7.1%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
35,923 30,522 17.7%
Cadillac Escalade *
21,230 19,482 9.0%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
14,691 10,987 33.7%

Cadillac Escalade EXT *
2 53 -96.2%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
33,329 34,839 -4.3%
#10
Mercedes-Benz M-Class °
32,550 46,726 -30.3%
#11
GMC Yukon XL
31,334 29,752 5.3%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
27,707 26,597 4.2%
#13
Lexus GX460
25,212 22,685 11.1%
#14
Lexus GS
23,117 22,198 4.1%
#15
Cadillac XTS
23,112 24,335 -5.0%

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.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant.

° Mercedes-Benz’s M-Class was replaced by the GLE (20,663 sales in calendar year 2015) in August 2015.
Updated at 5:38 PM AT on 01.07.2015 with altered RDX numbers.

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