2009 Volkswagen CC Sport

Andrew Trahan

The CC is an intriguing alternative to pretty much any car in the midsize class, whether you're seeking luxury, sport, or value. As nearly everyone noted, the interior is absolutely fabulous, with a clean design and wonderful leather-clad seats. Luxury shoppers will also appreciate an absolutely smooth drive provided by the refined engine, slick shifter, and comfortable ride. While the 3300-pound curb weight is par for this segment, the CC feels much lighter thanks to a torquey turbo powerplant that likes to rev. Of course, the six-speed manual also does a lot to increase driver engagement. When pushed through corners, the CC performs predictably like a front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan, but spirited around-town driving is surprisingly fun.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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