Price-wise, the Volkswagen CC competes with entry-level sport sedans, such as the Audi A4, Cadillac CTS, and Lexus IS.
The CC doesn't perform nearly as well as any of these models—which also are very tight in back—but it's probably going to attract more attention.
Just redesigned last year, the Audi A4 shares the CC's curvy, attention-getting styling and matches the quality—if not outright beauty—of its interior.
Another new entry to consider is the Honda Accord Crosstour, a new hatchback version of the Accord that feels like a completely different model, with its own sleek fastback look but the rest of the Accord's predictable goodness intact.
Perhaps the most direct rival with which to compare the CC is the Nissan Maxima, though.
Like the CC, the Maxima is a dressed-up, more fashionable sedan based on a mainstream one (the Altima, in the Maxima's case).
The Mercedes-Benz CLS sedan looks quite a bit like the CC from a distance, at least in profile, but the CLS costs tens of thousands more.
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|2011 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2011 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus IS 350Browse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
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|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|