2013 Volkswagen CC Review

The Volkswagen CC has agile driving dynamics and a choice of peppy four- and six-cylinder engines. However, it ranks near the back of the luxury midsize car class due to its tight rear headroom and merely average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy turbocharged engine
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Few advanced safety features




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.6
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2013 Volkswagen CC Overview

Is the 2013 Volkswagen CC a Good Used Car?

The Volkswagen CC isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used luxury midsize car. The CC can’t match the interior refinement, ride quality, or advanced safety features offered by class rivals like the Lexus GS or Mercedes E-Class. It also trails these models – and most others – in terms of reliability.

Used 2013 Volkswagen CC Performance and Interior

The Volkswagen CC has two engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and a V6 with 280 horsepower. The turbo-four is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG). The V6 has a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available for V6 models only.

Both engines can scoot the CC up to speed confidently, and each provides eager passing power on the highway. The four-cylinder feels a bit more refined and yields better fuel economy: 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg  on the highway. The V6 returns 17/27 mpg city/highway (17/25 with AWD). The CC’s manual transmission feels crisp. Both automatics change gears promptly, but the dual-clutch transmission isn’t quite as smooth.

The CC’s taut suspension and responsive steering give it a light and athletic feel around turns. Its brakes provide fine stopping power as well. The one significant issue is ride quality. While the CC soaks up bumps nicely at highway speeds, its ride is less comfortable and somewhat jittery on uneven city streets.

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The Volkswagen CC is a four-door sedan that seats five. The front seats are soft, supportive, and provide ample head- and legroom. There’s decent legroom in back, but the CC’s coupe-like roofline cuts significantly into rear headroom and limits rear visibility. There are two sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The trunk has 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about average for the class. The rear seats can also fold to accommodate larger items.

The CC’s dashboard is elegantly styled and it features quality materials, including brushed aluminum and soft-touch plastics. The audio and climate controls are nicely arranged and fairly user-friendly as well. However, the VW’s interior just doesn’t feel as luxurious as its class competitors. Although its touch-screen infotainment system is easy-to-use, it feels low-tech compared to rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Used 2013 Volkswagen CC Prices

The price of a used 2013 CC ranges from around $10,900 for Sport models to around $15,100 for V6 Executive models with all-wheel drive. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Volkswagen CC?

The CC has a reliability rating of three out of five points from J.D. Power. That’s about average for the industry, but many class rivals have higher scores.

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How Safe Is the CC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Volkswagen CC a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The sedan received the second-highest rating of Marginal for small overlap front crash safety. It earned the highest rating (Good) in all other tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CC four out of five stars for rollover safety. The 2013 CC is available with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around turns. Most vehicles in this class offer more advanced safety features, however.

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Is the 2013 CC the Best Model Year to Buy?

Volkswagen debuted the CC as an all-new model for 2009 and discontinued it after the 2017 model year. The 2013 and 2016 model years mark the only major changes for the CC. For 2013, it gained a restyled exterior and saw its seating capacity increase to five. The 2016 CC became available with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and other active safety features. You can save money with a 2013 CC while still finding the same equipment as 2014 and 2015 models. However, these models are light on safety features compared to 2016 and 2017 models.

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Which Used Volkswagen CC Is Right for Me?

The 2013 CC comes in six trim levels: Sport, R-Line, Sport Plus, Lux, V6 Lux, and V6 Executive. The base model Volkswagen CC Sport has a 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, remote keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, Bi-Xenon headlights, and alloy wheels.

The Volkswagen CC R-Line adds adaptive pivoting headlights and lightly restyled bumpers. The CC Sport Plus and Lux trims both add a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system. The V6 Lux trim gives you a V6 engine, leather seats, a rearview camera, and a larger 6.5-inch touch screen with navigation. Lastly, the V6 Executive trim adds 4Motion all-wheel drive, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, and power rear sunshade.

You may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Volkswagen CC and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Volkswagen CC or 2013 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2013 Volkswagen Passat isn’t a great used car option on account of its low reliability rating. Even so, it is a better buy than the CC. The Passat has a smoother and more comfortable ride, a roomier back seat, and better fuel economy (up to 30/40 mpg). Also, used models often cost thousands of dollars less.

Which Is Better: 2013 Volkswagen CC or 2013 Audi A6?

A used 2013 Audi A6 will likely cost you more than a CC, but it’s the far better luxury car. The A6 offers a higher-quality interior, racier engine performance, a smoother ride, a higher reliability rating, and more advanced safety features like forward collision warning. Go with the Audi.

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