Now in the fourth iteration of a vehicle which shook the luxury arena in the late 90s, the RX outsold its nearest rival, the BMW 3-Series, by more than 6000 sales in 2015; outselling its nearest direct rival, the Cadillac SRX, by nearly 32,000 units.
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It was a record year for the SRX, but the Lexus, even in a challenging transition year, is an unstoppable force. Often criticized for bland dynamics, unfortunate styling, and a lack of third row, consumers consistently prove that the critics are wrong.
100,610 U.S. buyers appreciated the Lexus RX’s dynamics, styling, and seating arrangement in 2015.
Among vehicles with base prices above $45,000, seven of the top 15 best-selling vehicles in America in 2015 were General Motors products. That group of seven includes one Cadillac sedan, a bevy of full-size SUVs, and the Chevrolet Corvette. The BMW X5’s 54,997 U.S. sales in 2015 ranked second in that group.
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 *
Mercedes-Benz M-Class °
GMC Yukon XL
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.
^ Escalade breakdown by variant. ° Mercedes-Benz’s M-Class was replaced by the GLE (20,663 sales in calendar year 2015) in August 2015. Updated at 5:38 PM AT on 01.07.2015 with altered RDX numbers.