10 Most Popular Luxury Cars

Christian Wardlaw | May 16, 2019

During economic boom times, luxury cars are more popular – especially those on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Last year, however, something remarkable happened when a new model not only became the most popular vehicle in the segment, but did so by more than doubling the sales of the second-ranked nameplate. This guide contains the 10 best-selling luxury cars in America. They’re listed in reverse order of sales popularity* from 10th most popular to the most popular.

*Popularity based on calendar-year sales for 2018

10. Acura TLX (30,468)

Sized between traditional compact and midsize luxury cars, the Acura TLX is available with a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine, with front-wheel or torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Acura offers Technology, A-Spec, and Advance option packages for the TLX, in addition to a variety of dealer-installed accessories.

9. BMW 4 Series (31,379)

Available in coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe (5-door hatchback) body styles, the BMW 4 Series lineup comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine and rear- or all-wheel drive. The performance-tuned M4 is unavailable in Gran Coupe specification.

8. Audi A4 (31,965)

When buying an Audi A4, you choose between a sedan or a station wagon body style, the latter known as the A4 Allroad. The A4 sedan is equipped with standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The A4 Allroad includes AWD, and has a raised suspension for additional ground clearance. Trim packages include Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, and the S4 variant swaps the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder for a turbocharged V6.

7. Infiniti Q50 (34,763)

Infiniti’s entry-level sedan comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Pure, Luxe, Sport, and performance-tuned Red Sport 400 trim levels are available, and most versions can be upgraded with comprehensive option packages.

6. BMW 5 Series (43,937)

Like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series is a midsize car. However, BMW offers just one body style: a 4-door sedan. Turbocharged 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and 8-cylinder engines are available, as well as a plug-in hybrid model. Most are rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive optional. The M5 is a high-performance version of the car.

5. BMW 3 Series (44,578)

In its final year before a complete redesign, the BMW 3 Series was one of the most popular luxury cars in America. Available in sedan, 5-door Gran Turismo, and 5-door Sport Wagon body styles, the 3 Series lineup offered turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The M3 is a high-performance version of the sedan.

4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (44,772)

You can get a Mercedes-Benz E-Class in just about any configuration you want. This car comes in coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon body styles, with or without all-wheel drive, and in several performance-tuned AMG-spec variants. This variety, combined with an array of paint, upholstery, trim, and options, makes it easy to find an E-Class that’s just right for you.

3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class (46,986)

Sold in coupe, convertible, and sedan body styles, the Mercedes C-Class features turbocharged 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and 8-cylinder engines. The standard C 300 versions have rear-wheel drive with 4Matic all-wheel drive available as an upgrade. Variants with AMG badges get standard 4Matic to handle their extra power and performance.

2. Lexus ES (48,492)

Priced relatively low but equipped with a big interior, the Lexus ES delivers a compelling combination of style and value. Redesigned for 2019, the ES features a V6 engine (ES 350) or a hybrid powertrain (ES 300h). Standard, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury trim levels are available, along with an F Sport version exclusive to the ES 350 model series.

2018 Tesla Model 3 photo

1. Tesla Model 3 (122,853)

An electric car with a 5-door hatchback configuration, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling luxury vehicle in America in 2018 – its first full year on sale. Prices start at $35,000 for a version with rear-wheel drive and 220 miles of range, increasing to $59,500 for an all-wheel-drive performance model with 310 miles of range. You order the car online, and if you don’t like it, Tesla says you can return it within seven days and 1,000 miles.

 

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