Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - May 2016

2016 BMW 7-Series sedan
The Lexus RX's 10% increase in an abbreviated sales month for the U.S. auto industry allowed Lexus' best-selling model to maintain its position as America's top-selling premium brand vehicle in May 2016.


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RX volume grew by 804 units and are up by 4321 units through the first five months of 2016. The Lexus RX's closest rival, Mercedes-Benz's C-Class, is nearly 11,000 sales behind and has already lost 4583 sales in 2016.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart May 2016
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The RX's closest utility vehicle rival in May was the Audi Q5, more than 4000 sales behind. 

Cadillac's SRX, traditionally one of the two top rivals for the RX, is transitioning into third-gen form with a new name: XT5. Combined sales of the SRX and XT5 fell 22% to 4493 in May.

11 of the 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in America in May 2016 were utility vehicles. Among vehicles priced above $50,000, 10 of the top 15 were SUVs/crossovers.

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.

June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
May 2016
May
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
8804800010.1%41,36737,04611.7%
#2
BMW 3-Series
73768819-16.4%26,15735,905-27.1%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
69547413-6.2%30,43835,021-13.1%
#4
Lexus ES
53735553-3.2%22,83324,299-6.0%
#5
Audi Q5
4736428010.7%17,56717,3961.0%
#6
Acura RDX
45665343-14.5%22,68320,6579.8%
#7
BMW X5
43725797-24.6%18,18621,643-16.0%
#8
Infiniti QX60
4274314136.1%16,59214,77512.3%
#9
Acura MDX
42085421-22.4%20,89724,828-15.8%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
4183255863.5%19,62011,28673.8%
#11
Lexus NX
403140140.4%19,22116,54616.2%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
400339910.3%20,67119,4196.4%
#13
BMW 4-Series
36414049-10.1%16,09218,268-11.9%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
3358232244.6%10,22910,852-5.7%
#15
BMW X3
3295257528.0%15,92810,98245.0%
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
May 2016
May
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
400339910.3%20,67119,4196.4%
#2
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
3358232244.6%10,22910,852-5.7%
#3
BMW 5-Series
32644257-23.3%17,42820,616-15.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
31543942-20.0%16,15518,641-13.3%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
2943266110.6%14,05713,7991.9%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1856161714.8%868583883.5%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
108710444.1%53725409-0.7%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
26733514-23.9%12,18515,500-21.4%
#7
Audi Q7
2663182346.1%12,128689575.9%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
23842516-5.2%11,60411,0315.2%
#9
Lexus GX460
18592182-14.8%90529612-5.8%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
15631674-6.6%87489657-9.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
15101922-21.4%70068987-22.0%
#12
Infiniti QX80
1424105834.6%651963303.0%
#13
Porsche Cayenne
12931392-7.1%677766911.3%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover
10441516-31.1%69947893-11.4%
#15
BMW 7-Series
10129437.3%41974391-4.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
^ Escalade breakdown by variant. A previous version of this article said SRX/XT5 sales were down 50% in May.
$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.

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