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

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
July 2016
July
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1 Lexus RX 8,522 8,264 3.1% 57,934 52,543 10.3%
#2 BMW 3-Series 6,799 7,729 -12.0% 39,775 50,525 -21.3%
#3 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 6,304 6,384 -1.3% 43,609 49,721 -12.3%
#4 Lexus ES 5,497 5,440 1.0% 33,390 34,481 -3.2%
#5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class ° 5,225 6,131 -14.8% 27,683 31,184 -11.2%
#6 Cadillac XT5 4,951 12,159
#7 Acura MDX 4,902 4,977 -1.5% 29,517 34,397 -14.2%
#8 Audi Q5 4,833 4,700 2.8% 26,819 26,366 1.7%
#9 Lexus NX 4,689 4,337 8.1% 27,979 24,386 14.7%
#10 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class 4,412 3,851 14.6% 29,598 26,811 10.4%
#11 Acura RDX 4,320 4,577 -5.6% 30,596 30,290 1.0%
#12 Infiniti QX60 3,701 3,760 -1.6% 24,673 21,538 14.6%
#13 Lexus IS 3,461 4,280 -19.1% 20,560 27,700 -25.8%
#14 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class 3,411 2,318 47.2% 26,802 16,153 65.9%
#15 BMW 5-Series 3,303 2,186 51.1% 23,578 25,767 -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.
Rank
Vehicles With Base
Prices Above $50K
July 2016
July
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class 5,225 6,131 -14.8% 27,683 31,184 -11.2%
#2 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class 4,412 3,851 14.6% 29,598 26,811 10.4%
#3 BMW 5-Series 3,303 2,186 51.1% 23,578 25,767 -8.5%
#4 GMC Yukon XL 2,937 2,299 27.8% 17,135 15,737 8.9%
#5 Cadillac Escalade & ESV 2,883 2,930 -1.6% 19,900 19,243 3.4%
#6 BMW X5 2,744 6,011 -54.4% 24,948 35,162 -29.0%
#7 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class 2,670 1,755 52.1% 15,550 14,693 5.8%
#8 Audi Q7 2,322 1,939 19.8% 17,063 10,464 63.1%
#9 Chevrolet Corvette 2,159 2,794 -22.7% 16,827 21,101 -20.3%
#10 Lexus GX460 1,918 2,337 -17.9% 13,068 14,028 -6.8%
#11 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 1,783 1,415 26.0% 10,276 11,995 -14.3%
#12 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 1,772 1,338 32.4% 12,146 12,511 -2.9%
#13 Infiniti QX80 1,267 1,076 17.8% 9,331 8,402 11.1%
#14 BMW 7-Series 1,203 916 31.3% 6,808 6,139 10.9%
#15 Land Rover Range Rover 1,164 1,000 16.4% 9,283 10,166 -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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