By Emme Hall.
The mid-size sedan is the best selling vehicle class in America and why not? They offer practicality, decent gas mileage, and some of them are even fun to drive. Today we’re looking at two such mid-size sedans: the 2013 Volkswagen CC VR6 Lux and the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited. Both offer excellent styling and V6 engines, but only one can come out on top.
With a 3.6L V6 engine, the CC gets an EPA fuel rating of 17 mpg in the city, 27 mpg out on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The 6-speed automatic gets the power to the front wheels, and an all wheel drive is available. The 280 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque scoot the CC to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
The Lux comes standard with 17” wheels, keyless entry, cruise control, heated 8-way power front seats, Bluetooth, iPod integration, an 8 speaker stereo system with a CD player and satellite radio controlled by a touchscreen, a sunroof, and navigation. Also included are heated windshield washers, headlight washers, and a back up camera.
There are a few different packages you can order. The Sport Plus adds 18” wheels and LED running lights. The R-Line adds some exterior styling points, foglamps, LED running lights, and different 18” wheels.
If you’re looking for a sedan that is both fun to drive yet doesn’t sacrifice comfort, look no further than the CC. There is a bit of body roll, but it’s fairly negligible and while the ride skews towards the firmer side of the spectrum, only the largest of potholes will disturb you. The steering weights up nicely at speed but remains light at slower speeds. The V6 is offers enough pep for the majority of driver’s but drag strip demons might be disappointed.
The 3.5L V6 in the Toyota Avalon grabs an EPA fuel rating of 21 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. The 6-speed automatic puts the power to the front wheels, and the 268 horsepower and 248 lb/ft of torque gets the Avalon from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds.
The Avalon comes standard with 18” wheels, navigation, an 11 speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod integration, back up camera, cruise control, heated rear and front seats with a 10 way adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and ignition, power accessories, leather upholstery, and a 7” central touchscreen.
The only option is the Technology package, which includes automatic high beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a Pre-Collision System, and Qi wireless charging.
This is not your mother’s Avalon. While previous incarnations were just “meh” from behind the wheel, this Avalon brings more positive driving dynamics to the table. The ride is confident while still being comfortable. The steering offers a good amount of feedback and the V6 provides plenty of quick acceleration. All in all the Toyota Avalon is an excellent blend of performance and comfort.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC VR6 Lux starts at $38,111 and the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited starts at $39,650. Although I’ve always been a Volkswagen gal, I have to go with the Avalon here. While both have a good balance between sporty handling and a comfortable ride, the Avalon edges the Volkswagen CC out with its quicker 0-60 time and its more tactile steering.