2009 Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Traded in my old dapper 2003 Passat V6 4Motion for this bigger, wilder animal. V6 is extraordinarily responsive and gets better mileage than I feared-- about 30 on the highway, maybe 15 in town, a few mpg better than my old Passat. Although steering gives less feedback, as others have said, it corners precisely and enthusiastically while the wide, low tires grip tenaciously. Slaloming at high speed on twists and around corners at night, watching pivoting headlights track is a sublimely James Bond movie experience. No defects after 3-plus weeks. Ride is a little busy, but comfortable seats absorb little bumps well. Much appreciated front legroom, good GPS.
Almost unique beauty inside and out and more aggressive stance than Mercedes CLS, warp engine, tires, room, comfort, supercool backup camera displaying gridlines where steering will put you, supercool Tucker-mobile pivoting headlights, roomy trunk with folding backseats (finally!).
Wide sunroof lets in light, but lets out only a little air thru popup vent. Roof too low for 6' like me in back seat, despite generous legroom; USB MP3 and SDHC compatibility hit and miss, mostly excellent parking alarms can't detect high front curbs, transmission whiny at low speeds