2011 Volkswagen CC vs. Its Competition

2011 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2011 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volkswagen CC
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2011 Audi A4 4-door Wagon Auto 2.0T Avant quattro Premium  Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A4
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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac CTS
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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class 4-door Sedan 6.3L AMG Side Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Volkswagen CC has performance that doesn't altogether match its sexy shape, and seating space is disappointing, but otherwise there's a lot to like.
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
The 2011 Nissan Maxima is no longer primarily a sport sedan; think of it as comfortable and refined first, with its sportiness a bonus, and you’ll be happy.
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17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
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4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan CLS 5504-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualCVTManualAutomaticContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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