2012 Volkswagen CC vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Volkswagen CC competes more with entry-level sport sedans, such as the Audi A4, Acura TL, or Volvo S60, than it does with conventional mid-sizers like the Camry, Accord, and Sonata.

Most of those luxury models also have tight back-seat space, but in other respects the CC is a bit more comfortable; however compared to conventional mid-size sedans, the interior--compromising practicality for style--isn't as useful.

The Audi A4 is curvaceous and sporty, but its back seat is even smaller.

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).

Acura's TL manages a very stylish appearance and stronger performance, without compromising seating in the way that the CC does--but it's more expensive.

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.

2012 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan Lux Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volkswagen CC
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2012 Acura TL 4-door Sedan 2WD Advance Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura TL
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2012 Audi A4 4-door Avant Wagon Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A4
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class 4-door Sedan 4.6L RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
Value-minded sedan shoppers who are willing to sacrifice a little practicality in the name of style will find a lot to like in the 2012 Volkswagen CC.
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
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4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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