2012 Volkswagen CC Safety

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Safety

The crash-test scores are in, at least halfway, and the VW CC has performed well.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the front-drive versions of the CC earn its "good" ratings for all their performed crash tests, which makes those CCs Top Safety Picks. For unknown reasons, the models equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive have not been tested, and are not included in the honors.

The IIHS rates the VW CC highly, but rearward visibility is an issue for us.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't updated its CC ratings since it changed its criteria for the 2011 model year, though prior to that change, the CC earned mostly four-star ratings.

Side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all standard in the CC, and rear side bags, a feature not always offered in this class, are optional.

On the down side, visibility in the CC is downright poor—nearly as much as in some low-slung sports cars—and the steeply raked windshield and backlight provide a rather narrow slit through which to view the world. Front and rear parking aids are optional.

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