It’s certainly not a shock to see the BMW 3-Series (and its 4-Series offspring, formerly known as the 3-Series two-doors) atop these rankings of America’s best-selling luxury vehicles in the 2014 calendar year.
Not a single month passed over the last year in which the 3-Series/4-Series was not ranked number one on these pages.
By the end of December, the 3er/4er family had generated 89% more sales than the next-best-selling premium brand car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a vehicle which spent much of the year transitioning out of the previous-generation and into the new iteration.
America’s top-selling luxury utility vehicle was once again the Lexus RX. Will the RX continue to sell in such large numbers now that it has a smaller rival in Lexus showrooms?
It appears so, as Lexus sold 2905 NXs in December, RX volume rose 3.5% to 13,625 units.
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.
For the purposes of the above list, premium brands include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. Brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus don’t report specific monthly sales data. Bentley and Maserati only report brand totals. Buick has been excluded with a bunch of other automakers that don’t sell vehicles with base prices higher than $40K.
Vehicles With Base Prices Above $45,000
Cadillac Escalade ^
Cadillac Escalade ESV ^
Cadillac Escalade EXT ^
GMC Yukon XL
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales $45,000 USD (before delivery) is an arbitrary borderline, but if GCBC was to follow this system of designating only expensive vehicles as luxury vehicles, adding approximately $15,000 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 $45,000 – 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 at $32,750, as would be the case with the new BMW 320i, which costs less than a Honda Accord V6 Touring. The biggest problem with a $45,000 minimum price of entry? Cars like the Cadillac XTS, which starts at $44,600, and the Audi A6, which starts at $44,800.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant.
* BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales of the 3-Series and 4-Series. GCBC combines sales of the Audi A4 and Audi A4 Allroad. None-Allroad sales were down 7.5% to 33,993 in 2014.
Cadillac’s new CTS – 31,115 2014 sales – starts at $45,100, but the lingering CTS Coupe is a sub-$40K car, and the wagon starts at $42,195. The estimates that Tesla sold 26,400 copies of the Model S in 2014, but estimates for Tesla have typically proven to be on the very high side.