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2016 Volkswagen CC OVERVIEW
The coupe-like four-door with a sensible price, the CC mimics the style and features of high-end sedans that can't fit into most family budgets. While some VW models have been downscaled in recent years to broaden their appeal, the CC remains loyal to its near-luxury roots.
What's New for 2016
The infotainment system receives several updates, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control are offered for the first time. A new base model, dubbed Trend, joins the lineup.
Choosing Your Volkswagen CC
The midsize CC carries a standard turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that puts out 200 horsepower. Surprisingly, a conventional six-speed manual transmission is still offered, which should please long-time VW fans. Still, we suspect the vast majority of buyers will opt for the six-speed automated manual. The available 3.6-liter V6 lays down 280 horsepower and comes bundled with the automated manual and all-wheel drive.
The CC comes well-equipped from the start, so much so that it could be mistaken for a bona fide luxury car. Advancing through the trim levels only augments this feeling.
We're glad to see the new Trend model, which is about $1,500 cheaper than last year's base model. That makes the CC a tempting alternative to the typical family sedan. On the top end, our pick is 2.0T Executive, which provides a high level of luxury and convenience without the expense (and thirst) of the V6 and all-wheel drive.
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