Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – February 2016


2016 Lexus RX450h

The Lexus RX, all-new for model year 2016, was America’s best-selling premium brand vehicle in February 2016, the fourth consecutive month of luxury leadership for Lexus’s best-selling model.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD

Lexus also builds the eighth, 11th, and 15th-ranked premium brand vehicles in February, a month in which Lexus outsold all other premium auto brands. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart February 2016
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Passenger cars claimed six of the top 15 positions, but all six of those cars sold less often in February 2016 than in February 2015.

As for vehicles priced above $50,000, only four of the 15 best sellers in February were traditional cars, and one of those “traditional” cars was the Chevrolet Corvette, a GM sports car which is as distinct from a luxury sedan as many of these new crossovers are from traditional body-on-frame SUVs. 

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.

February 2017 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
February 2016
February
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
7192 6490 10.8% 14,148 13,059 8.3%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6102 7072 -13.7% 11,181 13,308 -16.0%
#3
BMW 3-Series
4595 6004 -23.5% 7882 10,747 -26.7%
#4
Acura MDX
4292 4553 -5.7% 7868 8934 -11.9%
#5
Cadillac SRX
4017 3809 5.5% 8795 7294 20.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class °
3948 3316 19.1% 7611 6460 17.8%
#7
BMW X5
3842 4149 -7.4% 6426 7363 -12.7%
#8
Lexus ES
3826 4192 -8.7% 7226 8272 -12.6%
#9
Acura RDX
3798 3862 -1.7% 6902 7379 -6.5%
#10
BMW X3
3733 3124 19.5% 5735 4465 28.4%
#11
Lexus NX
3709 2666 39.1% 6842 5478 24.9%
#12
Infiniti Q50
3364 3649 -7.8% 6278 6615 -5.1%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class °
3278 1781 84.1% 6127 3179 92.7%
#14
Acura TLX
3080 3419 -9.9% 5319 6311 -15.7%
#15
Lexus IS
2961 3383 -12.5% 5139 6758 -24.0%

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 $50K
February 2016
February
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class °
3948 3316 19.1% 7611 6460 17.8%
#2
BMW X5
3842 4149 -7.4% 6426 7363 -12.7%
#3
Cadillac Escalade
2867 2377 20.6% 4869 5143 -5.3%

Cadillac Escalade
1820 1489 22.2% 3047 3153 -3.4%

Cadillac Escalade
1047 888 17.9% 1822 1988 -8.4%

Cadillac Escalade
2 -100%
#4
BMW 5-Series
2758 3606 -23.5% 6553 6965 -5.9%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class °
2700 2752 -1.9% 5490 7494 -26.7%
#6
GMC Yukon XL
2280 2048 11.3% 4275 4013 6.5%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
2116 2605 -18.8% 3617 4732 -23.6%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1684 1827 -7.8% 3045 3579 -14.9%
#9
Audi Q7
1653 1012 63.3% 3989 1892 111%
#10
Lexus GX460
1650 1653 -0.2% 3258 3456 -5.7%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1558 1421 9.6% 2835 2987 -5.1%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover
1538 1358 13.3% 3013 2839 6.1%
#13
Infiniti QX80
1487 1583 -6.1% 2651 2831 -6.4%
#14
Porsche Cayenne
1328 1046 27.0% 2723 2162 25.9%
#15
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
1226 1849 -33.7% 3022 3970 -23.9%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
$50,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, upgraded in 2016 from $45K last year by $5K, but if GCBC was to follow this system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, adding approximately $20,000 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 $50,000 – 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 below that borderline.
° Mercedes-Benz began combining GLE/M, E/CLS, GLK/GLC in February’s sales release.

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