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

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
8804 8000 10.1% 41,367 37,046 11.7%
#2
BMW 3-Series
7376 8819 -16.4% 26,157 35,905 -27.1%
#3
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6954 7413 -6.2% 30,438 35,021 -13.1%
#4
Lexus ES
5373 5553 -3.2% 22,833 24,299 -6.0%
#5
Audi Q5
4736 4280 10.7% 17,567 17,396 1.0%
#6
Acura RDX
4566 5343 -14.5% 22,683 20,657 9.8%
#7
BMW X5
4372 5797 -24.6% 18,186 21,643 -16.0%
#8
Infiniti QX60
4274 3141 36.1% 16,592 14,775 12.3%
#9
Acura MDX
4208 5421 -22.4% 20,897 24,828 -15.8%
#10
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
4183 2558 63.5% 19,620 11,286 73.8%
#11
Lexus NX
4031 4014 0.4% 19,221 16,546 16.2%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4003 3991 0.3% 20,671 19,419 6.4%
#13
BMW 4-Series
3641 4049 -10.1% 16,092 18,268 -11.9%
#14
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
3358 2322 44.6% 10,229 10,852 -5.7%
#15
BMW X3
3295 2575 28.0% 15,928 10,982 45.0%

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
4003 3991 0.3% 20,671 19,419 6.4%
#2
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
3358 2322 44.6% 10,229 10,852 -5.7%
#3
BMW 5-Series
3264 4257 -23.3% 17,428 20,616 -15.5%
#4
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3154 3942 -20.0% 16,155 18,641 -13.3%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
2943 2661 10.6% 14,057 13,799 1.9%

Cadillac Escalade ^
1856 1617 14.8% 8685 8388 3.5%

Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
1087 1044 4.1% 5372 5409 -0.7%
#6
Chevrolet Corvette
2673 3514 -23.9% 12,185 15,500 -21.4%
#7
Audi Q7
2663 1823 46.1% 12,128 6895 75.9%
#8
GMC Yukon XL
2384 2516 -5.2% 11,604 11,031 5.2%
#9
Lexus GX460
1859 2182 -14.8% 9052 9612 -5.8%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1563 1674 -6.6% 8748 9657 -9.4%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1510 1922 -21.4% 7006 8987 -22.0%
#12
Infiniti QX80
1424 1058 34.6% 6519 6330 3.0%
#13
Porsche Cayenne
1293 1392 -7.1% 6777 6691 1.3%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover
1044 1516 -31.1% 6994 7893 -11.4%
#15
BMW 7-Series
1012 943 7.3% 4197 4391 -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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