By on June 30, 2015

USA Lexus sales chart May 2015 YTD

Conventionally pretty, it is not. But the Lexus NX is a hit.

The NX200t and NX300h combined to generate 4,014 U.S. sales in May 2015, the best month yet for the six-month-old NX line. Year-to-date, 16,546 copies of the NX have been sold in America. Since the end of November, 19,473 NXs have found their way into driveways across America.

Lexus, of course, has a tradition of building wildly popular premium crossovers. The RX is perennially America’s top-selling premium utility vehicle.

As Lexus prepares to replace the current RX with an all-new, already revealed model for 2016, sales of the current RX have fallen 5% this year. It’s still far more popular than any other premium brand utility vehicle in America.

In the meantime, with the NX added to the fleet, SUVs and crossovers accounted for 49% of all Lexus volume in the U.S. over the first five months of 2015, up from 43% in the same period one year ago, before the NX. Rather inconsequentially, sales of the high-end LX are faltering, but the GX460 is up 13% year-to-date, a gain of 1108 units.

As for the NX’s standing in its own category, only the Acura RDX and Audi Q5 are currently selling more often. The fourth-ranked Mercedes-Benz GLK, down 24% this year, is 5,260 sales back of the Lexus. BMW’s X3, down 44% this year, is 5,564 sales abaft. The Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKC lead the peloton but are well back of the better-selling contestants.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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32 Comments on “Chart Of The Day: NX Boosting Lexus In The Time Of The RX’s Need...”


  • avatar
    redav

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the sales for the 2016 RX crater. That is one hella ugly vehicle. The NX is okay–not my favorite thing in the world, but the design language works on it. The new RX is just plain offensive. I can’t see suburban moms getting excited to own one.

    (It’s a shame because past RXs are very pretty. My mom absolutely loved them, but there’s no way she’d be seen in one of the new ones.)

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Agreed, 10 years ago RXs were rolling jewels. Then the Crab People got to them.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Yea the previous gen was the RX’ design zenith for sure. I get that Lexus wants to inject more excitement into the brand but you do that through better driving dynamics… not garish flame surfacing and detailing. An Oldsmobile with a spindle grill is just an ugly Oldsmobile.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        Better driving dynamics in a CUV? About as impacting to that market as painting the engine bay all pretty. Lexus knows exactly what its customers want.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          I found the original RXs to be the best-driving urban SUVs around. They were well-damped, not too “rolly” or stiff. The first-gen X5 and ML were terrible in comparison.

          I’m sure that this had a major impact on sales. To put things plainly, the RX drove better than 95% of the cars people were trading-in on them. You didn’t have the impression that you were driving a truck.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            “I’m sure that this had a major impact on sales.”

            Yes, ignoring handling for trendy glitz has boosted sales. Lexus isn’t about 30-something males anymore.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          It can make a difference on a test drvie. I am not talking a Ring time tune. Just quicker steering, better damping, sharper brakes etc. You have a lot of latitude with that. That would go much further in “making the brand fun” than clubbing their poor cars to death with the Predator face ugly stick

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            But you’re a guy. And your spouse/partner probably out-earns you. Mine has for 15 years now.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            “But you’re a guy. And your spouse/partner probably out-earns you. Mine has for 15 years now.”

            F*ck, I wish.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            People often confuse handling and road-holding. You very rarely find both in the same car.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Yep. Gen 1 and gen 2 were the best. There’s a medium metallic dusty blue (rare color I think) RX300 with camel colored leather in the parking garage. And I always notice it. Gold emblems!

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      I wouldn’t have considered the previous gen RX as I didn’t care for the interior or exterior styling. The spindle grille midcycle refresh improved the look of the 3rd gen RX considerably, IMO. I think the F sport 2016 RX looks really sharp and the interior is miles better than the 3rd gen. The upcoming drivetrains will likely be a nice update with it moving to a ~300hp atkinson cycle capable 3.5L. It could be a very nice overall package for my family of 3.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Wait so you WANT a spindle grille, and an “F Sport” package on a family CUV. Go away!

        • 0 avatar
          Quentin

          Why not? I like the wheels on the F-sport and the high contrast trim. I make no bones about these cars being onroad, so the more taut suspension of the F sport is also welcome. And red seats! Red seats!

          I actually think the spindle grille looks amazing on the IS and CT. I like the freedom that the grille gives to the rest of the design. The IS has this atomic silver color that has a little bronze in it and the light does all sorts of amazing things coming off the sheetmetal in that color.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Red seats I’ll give you. I’m glad they’re starting to offer more color across the board.

            I guess I can’t get with the spindle grille, and their application of it to the upcoming LX is a travesty.

            http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2016-lexus-lx-570-facelift-makes-first-appearance-in-leaked-photo-video-96069.html#

          • 0 avatar
            Quentin

            The spindle grille really doesn’t work on the GX or LX. The midsize vehicles are the limit of pulling off the grille, IMO. I’m not crazy about it on the LS and really dislike it on the GX and LX. A pre-spindle LX followed me on the interstate yesterday and it was very handsome. That said, I’d go with the Land Cruiser if I had that sort of money.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Agree, it gets too big and too “gopping” as James May would say. I think the angular spindle is too aggressive for the Lincoln-as-you-please LS. Nor should the LS offer an F-Sport package!

            Have you seen what they’re doing to the LC in 2016 as well?

            http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1028548_2016-toyota-land-cruiser-leaked-again

            Apparently they thought it needed a Highlander bullbar grille and more LED spangles. I don’t like it at all.

          • 0 avatar
            Quentin

            I’ll have to see it in person first. First impression isn’t great, unfortunately. I really wish they’d kill the Sequoia and bring the LC back to the $45k to $55k range. Kill off some of the bling and bring the athletic styling styling back.

            The pre-refresh 200 series land cruisers are starting to get to the $30k range. Handsome, 5.7L V8, lockers. Mmmmmmm.

          • 0 avatar
            slance66

            That same silver is more amazing on the NX. All those creases create a staggering range of silvery gray colors. When I first saw one in person I simply went “wow”, and I was on the fence about the styling generally.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      “I wouldn’t be surprised if the sales for the 2016 RX crater. That is one hella ugly vehicle.”

      I’d be surprised if they did. Ugly doesn’t do much to dissuade people from buying otherwise desirable vehicles. Marginal and/or unpopular vehicles, yeah.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        Good points, but I think another factor is available alternatives. I still think the change in looks plus the introduction of the NX will be a high hurdle for the RX.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      I would.

      It has a Lexus logo – it is like an Apple logo. They could put it on a roller skate, price it $30K, call it a highly fuel efficient subcompact, and they would sell 5K a month.

      Buyers clearly don’t care about the ugly. Eventually there is a bridge too far – but Lexus hasn’t crossed it yet.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Rhonda the Relator and Chrissy the Chemist are saving this brand. Brilliant, Lexus.

  • avatar
    slance66

    The NX is pretty nice. Spent time at Lexus last weekend looking at a used GS (drove an RX too). Every NX200t they had was out front being tested, and one had a sold tag added. They are flying out the door here. Sales guy said they have no deals on them as none are needed.

    • 0 avatar
      Chocolatedeath

      And this is what gets me as well. My wife took in her ES for service and was given the NX to drive. The interior is not class leading and not any better than a MKC IMO and the MKC looks better overall. I have driven both and wouldnt own either however I dont understand why the NX is selling so well when it is IMO again not any better in anyway over the MKC. For the record my wife wants an LS as her next car so the monthly payment are going to go way up on my part.

      I guess my question to everyone is why do some cars sell so well even though they have no measurable advantage over the competition.

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        Because of the reputation of reliability, and the good dealership service.

      • 0 avatar

        I suspect they do have an advantage, just not the one you admit they do. For example, the infotaiment system or built-in navigation may better, or the seats are more comfortable, or the cargo hold is better designed. I’m not saying NX has any of that, because I’m not familiar with NX or its competition, but I’m pretty certain there has to be something.

        • 0 avatar
          slance66

          It has decent cargo and nice seats for sure. It’s bold and if you buy one right now, you won’t see yourself every day for at least a year. Plus it’s a Lexus.

          Me, I like the MKC looks better (better than anything in the segment honestly), and now that I’ve found a few used ones, I am going to give it a drive.

      • 0 avatar
        spw

        maybe because thats only your opinion? NX has much better interior than MKC.

        Obviously people are seeing the difference and buying them up… they are selling all they can produce while MKC is stuffing dealer lots with 4 month supply.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I’ve driven both the NX & the MKC. I was surprised with how much I liked the MKC with the 2.3L engine. The NX has some nice features, I liked its back seat, and it certainly has a more trendy/catchy exterior, but I think I’d still pick the MKC.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    I test drove an NX not long ago to see if it would be good for my mother and I thought it was excellent, it is definitely at the top of the list for her next vehicle. I liked it a lot better than the current RX also. In my opinion, the RX needs to be a three row crossover, like the Santa Fe, otherwise I don’t really see the point of buying it over the NX.


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