Rather than mock Mercedes-Benz and Toyota for only combining to sell 405 G-Wagens and Land Cruisers in April 2013 – how many decades-old German military vehicles and African safari utilities should a company sell in America? – let’s celebrate.
Mercedes-Benz sold more than twice as many G-Class SUVs this April than in April 2012. Land Cruiser sales are up 46% this year. Hooray.
Perhaps both are unnecessary. But both certainly appear to be much more thoughtful purchases than, say, a $66,800 Porsche Cayenne S, a vehicle GoodCarBadCar placed in 2013’s The Good 12. The G-Wagen starts at $113,000 and rises to $134,300 in G63 AMG trim. The Land Cruiser starts at $78,555, and Toyota offers no options.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz also sold 2481 GLs in April, down 10% compared with April of last year. But through the first third of 2013, sales of the $62,400-$116,925 GL-Class are up 27.5%. The only potential rivals to have sold more frequently are Mercedes-Benz’s own $47,270-$96,100 M-Class and BMW’s $47,500-$88,850 X5. Both are shown with other more similarly-sized and/or priced midsize luxury SUVs.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank U.S. large luxury SUVs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.