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

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG43
The Lexus RX was America's top-selling premium brand vehicle in October 2016. 


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


Thanks to a modest uptick in a market that declined in an abbreviated sales month, the top-selling Lexus outsold the second-ranked Mercedes-Benz C-Class by more than 1800 units and the second-ranked SUV/crossover by nearly 3000 units.

Among vehicles priced above $50,000, the Mercedes-Benz GLE was October's top seller, though GLE/M-Class sales were down 17%, year-over-year.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart October 2016
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These two lists of America's luxury leaders are subject to change. The Ford Motor Company has not yet submitted October 2016 sales numbers because of a fire at the company's headquarters. This means we've yet to receive Lincoln sales results. Both one year ago and last month, however, there were no Lincolns among the top 15 best-selling luxury vehicles. 

Once we have Lincoln's figures, we'll also have a luxury auto brand market share chart. (Updated at 11:15 AM AT on 11.02.2016 with Lincoln results.)

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.

November 2016 • September 2016October 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
October 2016
October
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
804480180.3%88,28477,9408.1%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
62277283-14.5%62,56171,818-12.9%
#3
BMW 3-Series
521511,012-52.6%58,30780,845-27.9%
#4
Acura MDX
5052440514.7%44,63047,862-6.8%
#5
Cadillac XT5
4989------26,685------
#6
Lexus NX
4274339925.7%42,38935,34619.9%
#7
Lexus ES
41905426-22.8%47,96352,388-8.4%
#8
Audi A4
4176315632.3%29,25325,68613.9%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
40424880-17.2%41,52341,3270.5%
#10
Acura RDX
394438911.4%42,66642,3930.6%
#11
BMW X5
38854292-9.5%36,70344,782-18.0%
#12
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
38275162-25.9%41,40345,103-8.2%
#13
Audi Q5
37724863-22.4%38,96741,429-5.9%
#14
Infiniti Q50
36893811-3.2%34,85235,414-1.6%
#15
BMW X3
3680302821.5%34,68323,81145.7%
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don't report specific monthly sales data.

Rank
Vehicles With Base
Prices Above $50K
October 2016
October
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
40424880-17.2%41,52341,3270.5%
#2
BMW X5
38854292-9.5%36,70344,782-18.0%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
38275162-25.9%41,40345,103-8.2%
#4
GMC Yukon XL
3469272227.4%27,58223,66116.6%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
344131519.2%30,12828,2816.5%

Cadillac Escalade *
198818388.2%18,11916,8157.8%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1453131310.7%12,00911,4664.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
282826138.2%24,07221,9429.7%
#7
Audi Q7
2798210632.9%24,68316,52749.3%
#8
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2420192126.0%15,83417,969-11.9%
#9
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
15801906-17.1%16,92517,437-2.9%
#10
BMW 5-Series
14622693-45.7%29,16736,531-20.2%
#11
Cadillac CT6
1316------6707------
#12
Jaguar F-Pace
1240---------------
#13
Land Rover Range Rover
12231803-32.2%12,74814,388-11.4%
#14
Infiniti QX80
121412060.7%13,00811,73810.8%
#15
Porsche Cayenne
12061454-17.1%12,71213,721-7.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
$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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - November 2016
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