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


2017 Lexus RX450h

Despite a downturn that continued into April 2017, the Lexus RX was still America’s top-selling luxury vehicle in the fourth month of 2017, albeit barely.

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

The surging Mercedes-Benz C-Class, America’s leading luxury car nameplate, was only 18 sales behind the Lexus utility vehicle. The RX leads the C-Class by more than 1000 sales through the first-third of 2017 and leads the Cadillac XT5, the next-best-selling utility vehicle, by more than 10,000 sales so far this year.

USA luxury auto brand market share chart April 2017
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Through the end of April, America’s top-selling luxury brand is Mercedes-Benz. Sales of luxury cars and SUVs/crossovers in Mercedes-Benz showrooms are up 1% to 115,699 units so far this year. 

BMW sales are down modestly to 94,306 units. Lexus is down 15% to 83,961 sales so far this year.

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.

March 2017April 2016

Rank
Premium Brand Vehicle
April
2017
April
2016

Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
#1
Lexus RX
7,839
8,767
-10.6%
29,480
32,563
-9.5%
#2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7,821
5,645
38.5%
28,440
23,484
21.1%
#3
Cadillac XT5
5,501
304
1,710%
18,955
304
6,135%
#4
Acura TLX
5,258
3,779
39.1%
12,382
12,866
-3.8%
#5
Audi Q5
5,028
3,991
26.0%
16,340
12,831
27.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4,468
4,327
3.3%
17,374
16,668
4.2%
#7
Lexus NX
4,320
3,815
13.2%
16,417
15,190
8.1%
#8
Acura MDX
4,052
4,733
-14.4%
15,008
16,689
-10.1%
#9
BMW 4-Series
3,882
3,226
20.3%
11,962
12,451
-3.9%
#10
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3,854
4,441
-13.2%
15,726
13,001
21.0%
#11
Acura RDX
3,793
5,905
-35.8%
14,793
18,117
-18.3%
#12
BMW 3-Series
3,494
4,681
-25.4%
18,131
18,781
-3.5%
#13
Audi A4
3,482
3,130
11.2%
12,050
9,958
21.0%
#14
BMW X5
3,400
3,771
-9.8%
15,472
13,814
12.0%
#15
Lexus ES
3,400
4,442
-23.5%
12,906
17,460
-26.1%

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
April 
2017
April
2016

Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
#1
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
4,468
4,327
3.3%
17,374
16,668
4.2%
#2
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
3,854
4,441
-13.2%
15,726
13,001
21.0%
#3
BMW X5
3,400
3,771
-9.8%
15,472
13,814
12.0%
#4
Chevrolet Suburban
3,228
4,269
-24.4%
16,673
14,948
11.5%
#5
BMW 5-Series
3,113
4,454
-30.1%
9,754
14,164
-31.1%
#6
Audi Q7
3,022
2,472
22.2%
10,570
9,465
11.7%
#7
Chevrolet Corvette
2,756
3,142
-12.3%
8,560
9,512
-10.0%
#8
Cadillac Escalade
2,608
3,007
-13.3%
10,113
11,114
-9.0%
Cadillac Escalade *
1,487
1,808
-17.8%
5,787
6,829
-15.3%
Cadillac Escalade ESV *
1,121
1,199
-6.5%
4,326
4,285
1.0%
#9
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
2,265
2,991
-24.3%
10,006
6,871
45.6%
#10
GMC Yukon XL
2,017
2,518
-19.9%
9,573
9,220
3.8%
#11
Lexus GX
1,792
1,974
-9.2%
7,306
7,193
1.6%
#12
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
1,785
1,633
9.3%
7,778
7,185
8.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
1,491
1,329
12.2%
5,139
5,496
-6.5%
#14
Land Rover Range Rover
1,437
1,145
25.5%
6,949
5,950
16.8%
#15
Infiniti QX80
1,336
1,041
28.3%
6,691
5,095
31.3%

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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