Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – November 2016


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG 4Matic

The Lexus RX reported a 5% year-over-year U.S. sales slide in November 2016 but was still, by far and away, America’s top-selling luxury brand vehicle. 

RX sales, at 10,269 units, were 3008-sales stronger than the next-best Mercedes-Benz C-Class and nearly twice as strong as the next-best-selling luxury utility vehicle, the Cadillac XT5. 

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

Among vehicles with base prices above $50,000, the Mercedes-Benz GLE, formerly known as the M-Class, topped the charts in November. GLE sales fell 11% and are down 1% this year. 

USA luxury auto brand market share chart November 2016
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10 of the 15 leading premium brand autos in November 2016 were utility vehicles. Among vehicles with base prices above $50K, 11 of the top 15 were SUVs/crossovers, including 8 of the top 10. 

Audi Q7 sales doubled in November. 

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz GLC more than tripled.

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.

December 2016 • October 2016November 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
Nov. 
2016
Nov.
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Lexus RX
10,269
10,771
-4.7%
94,553
88,711
6.6%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7,261
7,239
0.3%
69,822
79,057
-11.7%
#3
BMW 3-Series
5,411
8,433
-35.8%
63,718
89,278
-28.6%
#4
Cadillac XT5
5,364
32,049
#5
Lexus NX
5,120
3,284
55.9%
47,509
38,630
23.0%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4,694
5,250
-10.6%
46,217
46,577
-0.8%
#7
BMW X5
4,693
3,965
18.4%
41,396
48,747
-15.1%
#8
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,642
5,205
-10.8%
46,045
50,308
-8.5%
#9
Acura MDX
4,622
4,092
13.0%
49,252
51,954
-5.2%
#10
BMW X3
4,535
4,987
-9.1%
39,218
28,798
36.2%
#11
Audi Q5
4,187
4,520
-7.4%
43,154
45,949
-6.1%
#12
Lexus ES
4,097
4,725
-13.3%
52,060
57,113
-8.8%
#13
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
3,876
1,216
219%
43,854
23,536
86.3%
#14
Acura RDX
3,750
3,691
1.6%
46,416
46,084
0.7%
#15
Lexus IS
3,571
3,063
16.6%
32,857
41,402
-20.6%

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
Nov. 
2016
Nov.
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
% Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
4,694
5,250
-10.6%
46,217
46,577
-0.8%
#2
BMW X5
4,693
3,965
18.4%
41,396
48,747
-15.1%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
4,642
5,205
-10.8%
46,045
50,308
-8.5%
#4
GMC Yukon XL
3,616
3,137
15.3%
31,198
26,798
16.4%
#5
Cadillac Escalade
3,492
2,981
17.1%
33,620
31,262
7.5%
Cadillac Escalade *
2,097
1,672
25.4%
20,216
18,487
9.4%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,395
1,309
6.6%
13,404
12,775
4.9%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class & GL-Class
3,108
2,916
6.6%
27,180
24,858
9.3%
#7
Audi Q7
2,605
1,279
104%
27,288
17,806
53.3%
#8
Lexus GX
2,307
2,011
14.7%
21,674
22,094
-1.9%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
1,941
1,952
-0.6%
27,286
30,876
-11.6%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,885
1,776
6.1%
18,810
19,213
-2.1%
#11
Infiniti QX80
1,738
1,737
0.1%
14,746
13,475
9.4%
#12
Porsche Cayenne
1,572
1,523
3.2%
14,284
15,244
-6.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,475
1,856
-20.5%
17,309
19,773
-12.5%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover
1,242
1,598
-22.3%
13,990
15,986
-12.5%
#15
BMW 7-Series
1,233
1,045
18.0%
11,605
8,026
44.6%

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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