Despite a 9% year-over-year decline the Acura RDX was America’s leading small premium (semi-premium) crossover in August 2014. Combined, the Audi Q5 and its new small sibling, the Q3, totalled 4000 August sales. BMW sold 3942 X1s, X3s, and X4s.
Small premium crossovers were collectively up 15% compared with August 2013. Setting aside the four utility vehicle nameplates which weren’t on sale at this stage a year ago, sales of the continuing nameplates were down 3%.
In other words, the segment grew last month, though partially at the expense of established vehicles like the RDX, Q5, X1, X3, and Range Rover Evoque.
So far this year, sales of these small luxury crossovers are up 14.5%. Without the Q3, X4, MKC, and Macan, sales are up 7.5%.
Bigger and/or more costly luxury utility vehicles, of which there are many more on offer at this moment, are significantly more common. Combined, the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, and Cadillac SRX outsold the whole small premium segment. Granted, those are three of the more value-priced big brothers.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto 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 luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.