Near Luxury

volkswagen_passat_ccVolkswagen CC, MSRP $26,790

A luxury-inspired car with a reasonable price tag, it’s a buyers market. “Volkswagen coined the term ‘near luxury’ for its CC.” Debuting at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, clearly not a coup, but that’s what Volkswagen is calling it. The CC is based around the existing Passat, sharing platform, drive and much more, but the CC appears lower, sleeker – sportier. Let’s simulate the economy!

Even though it feels just as up-market as an entry-level BMW, Benz or Audi. The supportive leather buckets, real metal chrome accents, ambient lights and panoramic moonroof make you feel as fancy as if you were riding in any of the big three. It’s not just a luxe interior, either: You can opt up to the 280hp VR6 engine with a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

– Complex Magazine


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