2014 Volkswagen CC vs. Its Competition

2014 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan DSG Sport *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Think of the competition for the 2014 Volkswagen CC fitting into two different groups: on one side, mass-market sedans, like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata; and on the other side, entry-level sport sedans such as the Acura A4, Acura TL, or Volvo S60.

Compared to the Camry and Accord, the CC simply isn't as useful and spacious, because of its tighter back seat, somewhat odd seating position, and significantly higher price.

But compared to any of these luxury models, the CC's tight back seat space isn't any worse.

The Audi A4 has a tighter interior, though it's somewhat better trimmed and drives more like a pure sport sedan.

The Acura TL is another good alternative and is available in top performance guise with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.

The Volvo S60 is also somewhat sportier on the road than the CC, although it doesn't feel all that much more luxurious.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS sedan looks quite a bit like the CC from a distance, at least in profile, but the CLS models cost tens of thousands more.

Finally, it may be the Nissan Maxima that's close enough to the CC in spirit; it's also a dressed-up, more fashionable sedan based on a mainstream one (the Altima, for Nissan).

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7.8
The 2014 Volkswagen CC eschews a little practicality in the name of fashion; but even some who need to use it as a sedan will find it a worthwhile compromise.
8.2
The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
8.4
The 2014 Audi A4 and S4 are trim, tech-savvy alternatives to the usual German luxury sedans, and to one stunningly good American one.
7.6
The 2014 Honda Crosstour doesn't have a clear niche: it promises more room than the excellent Accord sedan, but doesn't net much extra space under its hatch.
8.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS retains its fashion-forward look, while adding efficiency and, in AMG form, even more impressive performance.
7.6
The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
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Gas Mileage     
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