2016 Volkswagen CC vs 2016 Toyota Avalon

At some point, it seems the family car became an image of giving up on auto enthusiasm. While it makes sense that parents won’t be looking for two-seaters made for speed, this also shouldn’t mean giving up on luxuries. If you’ve made your way here, you’ve likely already discovered your best options when it comes to luxury midsize sedans, at least from the automakers that won’t charge you extra for their badging. This being the case, a comparison of the 2016 Volkswagen CC vs 2016 Toyota Avalon centers on pricing and technology options, with the CC providing the newest in smartphone connectivity and a lower starting price. While the Avalon comes standard with a V6 engine, the CC comes with either a turbocharged 4-cylinder or V6 engine. Naturally, the former isn’t quite as potent as the standard engine in the Avalon, but the CC does have a more powerful V6, providing plenty of options.

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2016 Volkswagen CC vs 2016 Toyota Avalon
$31,570 Starting MSRP $32,650
21 city / 31 hwy MPG 21 city / 31 hwy
6-speed manual/6-speed DSG automatic Transmission 6-speed automatic
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto No

Key differences between the 2016 VW CC and the 2016 Toyota Avalon

As already mentioned, one key difference between the models are the engine options. For those looking for more power, the Avalon may immediately appear to be the best bet. When it comes to actual performance, however, you won’t note an enormous difference between these two models. Test drives by Car and Driver show they differ in acceleration time by just .4 seconds. Since neither is likely to be used for racing, you won't suffer much for it during your day to day drive. If you do require more oomph, the 3.6-liter V6 in the CC produces 280 horsepower, compared to 268 horsepower for the Avalon.

When it comes to transmission options, those who prefer a manual will have no reason to consider the 2016 Toyota Avalon, as it comes standard with a six speed automatic transmission. For those who dislike the idea of driving stick, this might sound like a benefit, but the upgrade in the CC is a dual-clutch automatic, which means it comes with two gearboxes for a much smoother driving experience.

Very little has changed for the Avalon this model year, but the CC has received significant upgrades when it comes to its technology. The Trend trim level, the new base option, is less expensive than what was available in 2015, but manages to add on key features. This includes the MIB II infotainment system with App-Connect, allowing the use of Android Auto and MirrorLink integration in the CC. Toyota has opted for its own Entune system, which has select apps, but isn’t as impressive as App-Connect's use of the smartphone features that most of us are already accustomed to.

Other features found in the 2016 Volkswagen CC include LED taillights, Bluetooth with audio, V-Tex leatherette seating, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and Bi-Xenon headlights. To see if it’s the winner in your book, stop by New Century Volkswagen and take it for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen CC in pearl black
2016 Volkswagen CC infotainment system
2016 Volkswagen CC interior
2016 Volkswagen CC white paint option

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