Lexus Is America's Best-Selling Premium SUV Brand In 2016's First Quarter

2016 Lexus RX350 white rear
Premium auto brands produced 249,025 SUV/crossover sales in the first-quarter of 2016, equal to 16.3% of the overall utility vehicle market between January and March. 

In the first-quarter of 2015, premium auto brands owned 15% of the SUV/crossover market. But utility vehicle sales at top-ranked Lexus and its 11 cohorts jumped 19% in the first-quarter of 2016, double the rate of growth experienced by the overall utility vehicle market. 

Lexus' four nameplates (GX, LX, NX, and RX) led the sector at this time last year and grew 11% to 41,926 sales in 2016's first three months, 6891 sales ahead of Mercedes-Benz (G-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class). BMW's five-pronged SAV lineup's 28% jump to 29,871 sales positions the brand in third spot. Acura's RDX and MDX are jointly down 6%. Land Rover, ranked sixth, is only 168 sales out of fifth place. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - March 2016 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - March 2016 YTD


As for individual nameplates, the Lexus RX is America's utility vehicle leader thanks to a 7% increase to 23,796 year-to-date sales. The Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz's ML-replacing GLE-Class, Acura's RDX all rank inside the top 40 in the overall SUV/crossover picture.

Rank
Premium Auto Brand
2016 Q1 SUV
& Crossover Sales
2015 Q1 SUV
& Crossover Sales

Change
#1
Lexus
41,926
37,702
11.2%
#2
Mercedes-Benz
35,035
28,990
20.9%
#3
BMW
29,871
23,402
27.6%
#4
Acura
24,168
25,780
-6.3%
#5
Cadillac
20,973
20,193
3.9%
#6
Land Rover
20,805
16,976
22.6%
#7
Audi
19,228
15,993
20.2%
#8
Infiniti
18,772
15,335
22.4%
#9
Lincoln
16,433
12,930
27.1%
#10
Volvo
11,493
6,046
90.1%
#11
Porsche
7,621
6,126
24.4%
#12
Tesla *
2,700
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Total
249,025
209,473
18.9%
Source: Automakers
* Estimate for Model X from HybridCars.com

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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