2009 Volkswagen CC Luxury VR6 4Motion

On the surface, the four-door coupe exercise seems silly in a sub-$50,000 vehicle. But to be honest, if I were shopping for a new car, I'd definitely consider one of these attractive four-door coupe things, especially now that Volkswagen has pulled the price out of the stratosphere (for the base CC, that is, which starts at $27,480 in attractive 2.0T/stick-shift spec). The nearly $43K sticker price for this particular vehicle, however, is very expensive for a swoopy Passat.

Granted, that money goes toward a completely fresh interior that's quite nice, pleasant, and impressive. Still, I'd be enticed by the 2.0-liter turbo version of the CC not only because of its much lower price, but also because I prefer the 2.0T to the 3.6-liter narrow-angle V-6 anyway. If you've got the money, though, the all-wheel-drive, six-speed-automatic, VR6 model is a fine car. The brakes felt quite touchy, though, and took more getting used to than those of most new cars.

The CC's lines are slick, but I hit my head on the roofline twice - and I'm only 5' 6"! The back seats are extremely comfortable once you're in, though. My final observation: you've gotta love those Germans. Why? The acronym for the backup system is one letter away from oops - OPS ("optical positioning system," I believe).

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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