Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In America – March 2017


2017 BMW X3

The Lexus RX took a 2% hit in March 2017, but America’s best-selling luxury vehicle in 2016 once again leads the luxury sales race through the first-quarter of 2017. The Lexus RX outsold its nearest rival, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, by 1424 units in March. The second-ranked SUV/crossover was 3050 sales abaft.

U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model – April 2017 YTD

Mercedes-Benz, the leader of luxury auto sales in 2016 and in 2017 Q1, was outsold in March by BMW, where sales rose 3%. Thank the X3, ranked third overall, for much of that increase. BMW X3 volume grew 43%, or nearly 2000 units, in March 2017. With 3-Series  and 5-Series sales flat and surging X5 volume assisting, BMW finished March nearly 2000 sales ahead of Mercedes-Benz.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart March 2017
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Among the 15 top-selling premium brand vehicles in America in March 2017, nine were utility vehicles.

Among the 15 top-selling vehicles with base prices above $50,000, 11 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. 

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April 2017 • February 2017March 2016

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
March
2016
March
2016

Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
#1
Lexus RX
9,445
9,648
-2.1%
21,641
23,796
-9.1%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
8,021
6,658
20.5%
20,619
17,839
15.6%
#3
BMW X3
6,395
4,476
42.9%
13,569
10,211
32.9%
#4
BMW 3-Series
6,197
6,218
-0.3%
14,637
14,100
3.8%
#5
Lexus NX
5,619
4,533
24.0%
12,097
11,375
6.3%
#6
Cadillac XT5
5,280
13,454
#7
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4,919
4,730
4.0%
12,906
12,341
4.6%
#8
BMW X5
4,896
3,617
35.4%
12,072
10,043
20.2%
#9
Lexus ES
4,626
5,792
-20.1%
9,506
13,018
-27.0%
#10
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4,510
3,695
22.1%
11,872
8,560
38.7%
#11
Audi Q5
4,382
3,728
17.5%
11,312
8,840
28.0%
#12
Acura MDX
4,141
4,088
1.3%
10,956
11,956
-8.4%
#13
Audi A4
4,062
3,403
19.4%
8,558
6,828
25.3%
#14
Infiniti QX60
3,821
3,905
-2.2%
8,668
9,007
-3.8%
#15
Infiniti Q50
3,800
5,590
-32.0%
10,450
11,868
-11.9%

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
March 
2016
March
2015

Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4,919
4,730
4.0%
12,906
12,341
4.6%
#2
BMW X5
4,896
3,617
35.4%
12,072
10,043
20.2%
#3
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
4,510
3,695
22.1%
11,872
8,560
38.7%
#4
BMW 5-Series
3,161
3,157
0.1%
6,641
9,710
-31.6%
#5
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
2,938
858
242%
7,741
3,880
99.5%
#6
Cadillac Escalade
2,862
3,238
-11.6%
7,505
8,107
-7.4%
Cadillac Escalade *
1,648
1,974
-16.5%
4,300
5,021
-14.4%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,214
1,264
-4.0%
3,205
3,086
3.9%
#7
GMC Yukon XL
2,849
2,427
17.4%
7,556
6,702
12.7%
#8
Audi Q7
2,660
3,004
-11.5%
7,548
6,993
7.9%
#9
Lexus GX
2,569
1,961
31.0%
5,514
5,219
5.7%
#10
Chevrolet Corvette
2,460
2,753
-10.6%
5,804
6,370
-8.9%
#11
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2,251
2,507
-10.2%
5,993
5,552
7.9%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover
1,991
1,792
11.1%
5,512
4,805
14.7%
#13
Infiniti QX80
1,983
1,403
41.3%
5,355
4,054
32.1%
#14
Volvo XC90
1,671
3,000
-44.3%
4,568
7,847
-41.8%
#15
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,434
1,332
7.7%
3,648
4,167
-12.5%

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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