2009 Volkswagen CC VR6 Sport

Better grille work

Engine

Expensive-looking roofline

Rough suspension

Optional cabin tech

Two-tone leather

Steering wheel controls

Instrument cluster display

Six-speed automatic

Traffic flow

Traffic incidents

3D maps

Audio sources

Sirius satellite radio

Rear-view camera

The new CC was originally designed as a successor to the Passat, but Volkswagen dropped that name and just released it as the CC.

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The grille is more refined on the CC than on recent Volkswagen models, keeping its chrome above the bumper. This CC also has high-intensity adaptive headlights that turn into corners.

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This 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers an impressive 280 horsepower while bringing in well above 20 mpg in normal driving.

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The curved roofline gives the CC a very good look, echoing the style of much more expensive cars.

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While the suspension delivered a smooth ride on the freeway, on worse road surfaces the ride became rougher.

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The VR6 version of the CC is at the top of the model lineup, so has many features standard in the cabin. But Bluetooth and navigation is still optional at this level.

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The two-tone leather gives the CC a very nice interior look.

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The controls on the wheel spokes are well-designed, providing good functionality for controlling cabin tech while being mounted unobtrusively.

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The display between the tach and speedometer shows useful information about mileage, range, and navigation.

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The six-speed transmission has sport and manual modes, along with its normal drive mode. In Sport, it's not too aggressive, being a little late to downshift, but it holds the low gears well.

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The navigation system is hard-drive-based, and traffic information comes over Sirius satellite radio. This map shows traffic flow on San Francisco Bay Area freeways.

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The traffic reporting feature also shows specific incidents, and will try to route around bad traffic.

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Navigation maps can also be shown in 3D, although you can't see traffic in this mode.

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There are a number of music sources available, including the internal hard drive, an SD card slot, an iPod connector, and a single CD slot.

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Sirius satellite radio is included in the CC, as the car gets it traffic information over this network.

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The rear-view camera has excellent backup guidance, and a different mode for parallel parking.

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