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.
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|2012 Volkswagen CCBrowse Used Listings||2012 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda Accord CrosstourBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Compact||Mid-Size||Compact Cars||Compact||Mid-Size||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD|
|4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV||4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||2WD 5-Door EX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door|
|Manual||Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic||Continuously Variable||Automatic|
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|2012 Volkswagen CC vs. 2012 Acura TL||2012 Volkswagen CC vs. 2012 Audi A4||2012 Volkswagen CC vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class||2012 Volkswagen CC vs. 2012 Nissan Maxima||2012 Volkswagen CC vs. 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour|