I've expressed my affection for this relatively affordable and incredibly stylish four-door "coupe" in the past. But lately, it has become my least favorite four-door family car; loading tots into the back seat is quite challenging, because the CC's swoopy roofline significantly compromises the size of the rear door opening. Bigger kids and adults who can get into the car on their own, however, should be pretty happy with the accommodations once they're buckled in back.

The driver of the CC should be very pleased with the car's smooth four-cylinder powertrain and slick stick shift. I can see little case for the CC's optional, thirstier V-6, which is a hefty $11,550 more than the base four-cylinder CC. Of course, all that extra cash includes additional equipment as well.

This particular CC gets extra style points for its attractive two-tone interior, sport-package body trim, and pricey yet extremely cool ten-spoke, graphite-colored wheels.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

I too experienced the "strange cabin noise/pressure changes" during a test drive. May be a deal breaker.

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