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

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class front
The Lexus RX, Cadillac XT5, and Lexus NX were America's three best-selling premium brand vehicles in December 2016, the RX holding on to a title it claimed on a calendar year basis, as well. 


Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - 2016 Year End
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


Indeed, it was a dominant victory for the RX in the final month of 2016. The XT5 and NX, the second and third-ranked luxury autos in America, combined for 14,811 sales. The Lexus RX earned 14,882 sales, 71 more than the trailing duo combined. But of course, the more telling fact coming from a look at the podium revolves around the type of vehicle present: America's best-selling luxury car was America's fourth-best-selling luxury vehicle in December.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart December 2016
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales were on the rise, however, climbing 5% to 7345 units in December after decreases in 10 of the previous 11 months.

On this list of America's 15 top-selling luxury vehicles, the C-Class leads a group of only four passenger cars.

On December's list of the 15 best-selling $50,000+ vehicles, there are only six cars. Each of the four leaders are SUVs/crossovers of one kind or another.

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.

January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
Dec. 
2016
Dec.
2015

Change
2016 2015
Change
#1
Lexus RX
14,882
11,899
25.1%
109,435
100,610
8.8%
#2
Cadillac XT5
7,436
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39,485
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#3
Lexus NX
7,375
5,134
43.7%
54,884
43,764
25.4%
#4
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7,345
7,023
4.6%
77,167
86,080
-10.4%
#5
BMW 3-Series
6,740
5,262
28.1%
70,458
94,540
-25.5%
#6
Audi Q5
6,396
6,057
5.6%
49,550
52,006
-4.7%
#7
BMW X5
6,245
6,250
-0.1%
47,641
54,997
-13.4%
#8
Acura MDX
6,243
6,254
-0.2%
55,495
58,208
-4.7%
#9
Lexus ES
6,239
7,856
-20.6%
58,299
64,969
-10.3%
#10
Acura RDX
5,945
4,942
20.3%
52,361
51,026
2.6%
#11
Infiniti Q50
5,794
4,678
23.9%
44,007
43,874
0.3%
#12
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
5,574
6,640
-16.1%
51,791
53,217
-2.7%
#13
Cadillac Escalade
5,472
4,659
17.5%
39,092
35,923
8.8%

Cadillac Escalade *
3,388
2,743
23.5%
23,604
21,230
11.2%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
2,084
1,916
8.8%
15,488
14,691
5.4%
#14
BMW X3
4,978
3,126
59.2%
44,196
31,924
38.4%
#15
Infiniti QX60
4,928
4,987
-1.2%
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 $50K
Dec. 
2016
Dec.
2015

Change
2016 2015
Change
#1
BMW X5
6,245
6,250
-0.1%
47,641
54,997
-13.4%
#2
GMC Yukon XL
5,856
4,536
29.1%
37,054
31,334
18.3%
#3
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class & M-Class
5,574
6,640
-16.1%
51,791
53,217
-2.7%
#4
Cadillac Escalade
5,472
4,659
17.5%
39,092
35,921
8.8%

Cadillac Escalade *
3,388
2,743
23.5%
23,604
21,230
11.2%

Cadillac Escalade ESV *
2,084
1,916
8.8%
15,488
14,691
5.4%
#5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class/CLS-Class
4,851
5,580
-13.1%
50,896
55,888
-8.9%
#6
Lexus GX
3,474
3,118
11.4%
25,148
25,212
-0.3%
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class GL-Class
3,262
2,849
14.5%
30,442
27,707
9.9%
#8
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2,802
2,246
24.8%
21,612
21,459
0.7%
#9
Chevrolet Corvette
2,709
2,453
10.4%
29,995
33,329
-10.0%
#10
Land Rover Range Rover
2,165
1,835
18.0%
16,155
17,821
-9.3%
#11
BMW 5-Series
2,115
2,985
-29.1%
32,408
44,162
-26.6%
#12
Infiniti QX80
2,026
2,171
-6.7%
16,772
15,646
7.2%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,494
2,163
-30.9%
18,803
21,936
-14.3%
#14
BMW 7-Series
1,313
1,266
3.7%
12,918
9,292
39.0%
#15
Cadillac CT6
1,293
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9,169
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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 - January 2017
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - November 2016
Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America - December 2015


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