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

2016 Lexus RX450h red
The Lexus RX further secured its position as America's best-selling luxury vehicle in 2016 by outselling its closest challenger by 1723 units in July 2016. 

Indeed, the next-best-selling premium utility, the SRX-replacing Cadillac XT5, was 3571 sales abaft of the RX, which posted a 3% year-over-year increase. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD

Lexus was America's second-best-selling premium brand in July and through the first seven months of 2016. Four of the 13 top-selling premium brand autos in July were sold in Lexus showrooms: RX, ES, NX, and IS. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart July 2016
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Likewise, there were four Mercedes-Benzes on the list of America's 15 best-selling luxury autos in July. 

As U.S. auto sales grew by less than 1% in July, the Lexus brand slid 6.5% because of fast-falling CT, GS, IS, LS, RC, and GX sales. 

The RX and NX accounted for 47% of the brand's July volume.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access.

August 2016 • June 2016July 2015

Premium Brand Vehicle
July 2016
% Change
% Change
#1Lexus RX8,5228,2643.1%57,93452,54310.3%
#2BMW 3-Series6,7997,729-12.0%39,77550,525-21.3%
#3Mercedes-Benz C-Class6,3046,384-1.3%43,60949,721-12.3%
#4Lexus ES5,4975,4401.0%33,39034,481-3.2%
#5Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class °5,2256,131-14.8%27,68331,184-11.2%
#6Cadillac XT54,951------12,159------
#7Acura MDX4,9024,977-1.5%29,51734,397-14.2%
#8Audi Q54,8334,7002.8%26,81926,3661.7%
#9Lexus NX4,6894,3378.1%27,97924,38614.7%
#10Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class4,4123,85114.6%29,59826,81110.4%
#11Acura RDX4,3204,577-5.6%30,59630,2901.0%
#12Infiniti QX603,7013,760-1.6%24,67321,53814.6%
#13Lexus IS3,4614,280-19.1%20,56027,700-25.8%
#14Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class3,4112,31847.2%26,80216,15365.9%
#15BMW 5-Series3,3032,18651.1%23,57825,767-8.5%
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.

Vehicles With Base
Prices Above $50K
July 2016
% Change
% Change
#1Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class5,2256,131-14.8%27,68331,184-11.2%
#2Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class4,4123,85114.6%29,59826,81110.4%
#3BMW 5-Series3,3032,18651.1%23,57825,767-8.5%
#4GMC Yukon XL2,9372,29927.8%17,13515,7378.9%
#5Cadillac Escalade & ESV2,8832,930-1.6%19,90019,2433.4%
#6BMW X52,7446,011-54.4%24,94835,162-29.0%
#7Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class2,6701,75552.1%15,55014,6935.8%
#8Audi Q72,3221,93919.8%17,06310,46463.1%
#9Chevrolet Corvette2,1592,794-22.7%16,82721,101-20.3%
#10Lexus GX4601,9182,337-17.9%13,06814,028-6.8%
#11Mercedes-Benz S-Class1,7831,41526.0%10,27611,995-14.3%
#12Land Rover Range Rover Sport1,7721,33832.4%12,14612,511-2.9%
#13Infiniti QX801,2671,07617.8%9,3318,40211.1%
#14BMW 7-Series1,20391631.3%6,8086,13910.9%
#15Land Rover Range Rover1,1641,00016.4%9,28310,166-8.7%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
° Mercedes-Benz USA, not GCBC, is now combining E-Class and CLS-Class sales.
$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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