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
8044 8018 0.3% 88,284 77,940 8.1%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
6227 7283 -14.5% 62,561 71,818 -12.9%
#3
BMW 3-Series
5215 11,012 -52.6% 58,307 80,845 -27.9%
#4
Acura MDX
5052 4405 14.7% 44,630 47,862 -6.8%
#5
Cadillac XT5
4989 26,685
#6
Lexus NX
4274 3399 25.7% 42,389 35,346 19.9%
#7
Lexus ES
4190 5426 -22.8% 47,963 52,388 -8.4%
#8
Audi A4
4176 3156 32.3% 29,253 25,686 13.9%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4042 4880 -17.2% 41,523 41,327 0.5%
#10
Acura RDX
3944 3891 1.4% 42,666 42,393 0.6%
#11
BMW X5
3885 4292 -9.5% 36,703 44,782 -18.0%
#12
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
3827 5162 -25.9% 41,403 45,103 -8.2%
#13
Audi Q5
3772 4863 -22.4% 38,967 41,429 -5.9%
#14
Infiniti Q50
3689 3811 -3.2% 34,852 35,414 -1.6%
#15
BMW X3
3680 3028 21.5% 34,683 23,811 45.7%

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
4042 4880 -17.2% 41,523 41,327 0.5%
#2
BMW X5
3885 4292 -9.5% 36,703 44,782 -18.0%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
3827 5162 -25.9% 41,403 45,103 -8.2%
#4
GMC Yukon XL
3469 2722 27.4% 27,582 23,661 16.6%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
3441 3151 9.2% 30,128 28,281 6.5%

Cadillac Escalade *
1988 1838 8.2% 18,119 16,815 7.8%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1453 1313 10.7% 12,009 11,466 4.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
2828 2613 8.2% 24,072 21,942 9.7%
#7
Audi Q7
2798 2106 32.9% 24,683 16,527 49.3%
#8
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2420 1921 26.0% 15,834 17,969 -11.9%
#9
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1580 1906 -17.1% 16,925 17,437 -2.9%
#10
BMW 5-Series
1462 2693 -45.7% 29,167 36,531 -20.2%
#11
Cadillac CT6
1316 6707
#12
Jaguar F-Pace
1240
#13
Land Rover Range Rover
1223 1803 -32.2% 12,748 14,388 -11.4%
#14
Infiniti QX80
1214 1206 0.7% 13,008 11,738 10.8%
#15
Porsche Cayenne
1206 1454 -17.1% 12,712 13,721 -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.

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