2013 Volkswagen CC vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Volkswagen CC really competes against two different tiers of vehicles: mass-market sedans, like the Camry, Accord, and Sonata; or entry-level sport sedans such as the Acura A4, Acura TL, or Volvo S60.

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

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.

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.

Like the CC, the Nissan Maxima is a dressed-up, more fashionable sedan based on a mainstream one (the Altima, in the Maxima's case).

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Volkswagen CC sacrifices some practicality in the name of fashion, and feels like a luxury car in many respects.
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
Carrying forward 2012's more muscular looks with inimitable style, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class gets new high-tech options while keeping its surprising performance.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas V8Gas V6
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CompactMid-SizeCompact CarsCompactMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomaticContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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