Volkswagen's CC is a good-looking midsize sedan trying to punch way above its weight. Volkswagen priced it to be competitive with cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, yet most people will compare it with the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion.
Volkswagen came out with the CC in 2008, launching the car as a luxury variant of the Passat. The CC stands for Comfort Coupe, as the car's design is based on the idea of a four-door coupe. Unfortunately for Volkswagen, the CC's specs line up with cars that are substantially less expensive.
The CC gets Volkswagen's excellent direct injection, turbocharged 2-liter engine, which makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Higher trim level CCs come with a V-6. Each engine powers the front wheels.
The four-door coupe design gives the CC a very good-looking roofline. Another change for 2013 is a less contoured rear seat, making it possible to seat three across, rather than the two for the car's first generation.
Volkswagen uses an electric-power-steering system, which is immediately apparent on turning the wheel. The feeling of the boost is different than with a hydraulic system, and there is a slight whirring sound from the electric motor.