Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - 2016 Year End

2016 Lexus RX350 F Sport white
The Lexus RX was America's most popular premium brand automobile in 2016, and it secured Lexus the victory by a hefty margin.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


After outselling the BMW 3-Series by merely 6070 units in 2015, the 3-Series plunged, the new challenger from Mercedes-Benz also took a dive, and Lexus RX sales jumped 9%. In 2016, the RX finished the year with 109,435 sales, 32,268 more than the second-ranked C-Class; 53,940 sales ahead of the next-best-selling premium utility vehicle.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart 2016
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The Lexus brand was America's second-ranked premium brand. Mercedes-Benz reported 340,237 total sales with its premium division, Sprinter and Metris vans excluded. Lexus sales fell 4% to 331,228 units. BMW reported 313,174 sales, a 10% year-ver-year decline.

Among the 15 top-selling luxury vehicles in America in 2016, 10 were SUVs/crossovers. Likewise, among the 15 top-selling $50,000+ vehicles in America in 2016, 10 were SUVs/crossovers.

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.

2015 Year End2014 Year End • 2013 Year End
Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
2016
2015

Change
#1
Lexus RX
109,435
100,610
8.8%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
77,167
86,080
-10.4%
#3
BMW 3-Series
70,458
94,540
-25.5%
#4
Lexus ES
58,299
64,969
-10.3%
#5
Acura MDX
55,495
58,208
-4.7%
#6
Lexus NX
54,884
43,764
25.4%
#7
Acura RDX
52,361
51,026
2.6%
#8
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
51,791
53,217
-2.7%
#9
Mercedes-Benz E-Class & CLS-Class
50,896
55,888
-8.9%
#10
Audi Q5
49,550
52,006
-4.7%
#11
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class & GLK-Class
47,872
27,902
71.6%
#12
BMW X5
47,641
54,997
-13.4%
#13
BMW X3
44,196
31,924
38.4%
#14
Infiniti Q50
44,007
43,874
0.3%
#15
Infiniti QX60
42,120
41,770
0.8%
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 $50,000
2016
2015

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
51,791
53,217
-2.7%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class/CLS-Class
50,896
55,888
-8.9%
#3
BMW X5
47,641
54,997
-13.4%
#4
Cadillac Escalade
39,092
35,921
8.8%

Cadillac Escalade *
23,604
21,230
11.2%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
15,488
14,691
5.4%
#5
GMC Yukon XL
37,054
31,334
18.3%
#6
BMW 5-Series
32,408
44,162
-26.6%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class GL-Class
30,442
27,707
9.9%
#8
Chevrolet Corvette
29,995
33,329
-10.0%
#9
Lexus GX
25,148
25,212
-0.3%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
21,612
21,459
0.7%
#11
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
18,803
21,936
-14.3%
#12
Infiniti QX80
16,772
15,646
7.2%
#13
Land Rover Range Rover
16,155
17,821
-9.3%
#14
Porsche Cayenne
15,383
16,473
-6.6%
#15
BMW 7-Series
12,918
9,292
39.0%
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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Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - 2015 Year End
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