The Lexus RX continued its reign atop the premium SUV/CUV leaderboard with a 4% increase to 7759 U.S. sales last month. The RX ranks 23rd overall through the first nine months of 2015, and we can expect more significant growth as Lexus launches the fourth-generation RX in the latter portion of this year.
Not too far down the premium leaderboard in September sat the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the renamed successor to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. With their sales separated – the GLE also includes a new “coupe” version – they rank 42nd and 79th through the first nine months of 2015. Together, their 36,443 year-to-date sales would place the ML/GLE in 40th position, just behind the Audi Q5.
The Q5 was one of a large number of premium utilities to post tremendously high sales in September. In the Q5’s case, September’s 5149 sales, a 59% year-over-year leap forward, represented the model’s best month ever, just its second month ever above 5K. Also growing at an above average clip in September were the BMW X6, Volvo XC90 and XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Land Rover LR4 and Range Rover Sport and Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti QX60 and QX70, BMW X3, Lincoln MKT and MKX, and the Porsche Macan.
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Premium utilities heading in the opposite direction include the BMW X1, BMW X5, Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Cadillac Escalade, and Acura MDX.
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As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
* Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ^ Escalade here does not include sales of the EXT, which is shown with pickup trucks.
Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Paceman and Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.