From a design perspective, it's hard to find anything wrong with the CC. Both its sleek profile and its beautifully designed interior make it seem like a more expensive car. Having said that, the trim level we tested, Sport, is the least expensive CC you can buy. Among the amenities you'll have to do without are adaptive front headlamps, heated sideview mirrors, a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and a navigation system. If you absolutely can't do without those items, it'll cost you five grand to move up to the CC Luxury, which comes with all the above plus a DSG dual-clutch automatic. If you prefer to shift for yourself, the CC Sport is the only choice-and it's definitely not a bad one. In fact, even though it's at the bottom of the CC pecking order, it still feels like a premium-level vehicle.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor