The CC might be the prettiest car in Volkswagen's lineup, and even though the car has been on the market for about seven years, its looks have not faded. The same goes for the cabin, which has a tasteful black leather interior with ebony woodgrain accents. And the one we drove, the Volkswagen CC Executive trim level with 4Motion all-wheel drive, was powered by the 280-hp, 3.6-liter V6 backed by a 6-speed automatic. The 2015 model has no significant changes--there are two new wheel choices--because the biggest changes happened when the CC received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2013 model year, when a new trim level was added, seating went from four to five and changes were made to the body and interior.

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Yet the CC still offers a comfortable, smooth drive. It moves with authority, yet acceleration is more smooth than rapid, rocket-like propulsion. This car is fast, but you have to keep an eye on the speedometer, because the sense of speed is subtle and a little deceiving. While the CC's ride isn't cushy, it isn't overly firm, the balance between ride and handling is just about right. In the front seats, legroom and headroom are plentiful, and features like heated and cooled massaging seats, power sunshade and panoramic sunroof give the cabin a feeling of elegance and comfort. However, for taller people, the back seat has less room to offer, as the swooping roofline cuts in on rear-seat headroom.

The CC is a pleasant car to drive, with one drawback for many people: the price. While the CC does start at a more reasonable $33,360 with the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four and a manual transmission, our car was $44,000. That is pricey, putting it into Audi A4 territory. But the CC offers unique styling that sets it apart from anything else on the road--even the Passat on which it's based.

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