2017 Volkswagen CC vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Though it may seem like larger SUVs are flooding the market, there’s still plenty of room for the midsize sedan in the driveways of Glendale, California residents. These practical vehicles get better fuel economy, fit into tighter parking spots and are arguably easier to drive – which is a real benefit for those with new drivers in the family. The question is, how do you choose between the 2017 Volkswagen CC vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat? Obviously, pricing along could make the difference for some, but when you start moving up the Passat trim levels, it starts to get closer in price to the CC. Should you upgrade to the premium model, or stick with the staple in the lineup? When it comes right down to it, you’ll likely choose based on pricing, style, size and powertrain options.

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Which VW sedan is right for your family?

When it comes to family-friendly choices, few models can do better than the 2017 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle continues to earn high praise for its roominess, both in cargo and passenger space. On the flip side, the 2017 Volkswagen CC sacrifice some of its rear space for that coupe-like profile. It’s stylish and worth flaunting to the Jones’, but the Passat just received a refresh to its look last year so it’s not exactly harsh on the eyes either.

It’s not worth going too far into detail on the features, simply because the 2017 Volkswagen Passat has seven trims compared to the two for the CC. Perhaps you’ll admire the interior design or layout of one over the other, but at the end of the day premium features such as touchscreen navigation, leather seating, dual-zone climate control and keyless access with push-button start are available in both. The Passat simply has the advantage because you can choose more or less features based on the trim, while the CC provides luxury right from the start.

Which leads to power options. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat starts with the 1.8-liter turbo four, which is less potent than the 2.0-liter found in the CC, but it does have an available 3.6-liter V6 with a 280-horsepower output. The upside is a more aggressive driving experience, but the downside is less impressive fuel economy. If you’re looking for that middle ground, and optimum luxury is your goal, then the CC might be the right option for you. If you’re looking for a daily driver that is more about your family than that executive feel behind the wheel, the Passat is a winner when it comes to pricing, options and interior space.

At the end of the day, how you feel when you start the engine is likely where you’ll land in this comparison. Stop by New Century Volkswagen to do a side-by-side test of your own when you take a test drive.