FOR FULL ARTICLE BY INSIDELINE.COM: www.edmunds.com Four-door coupes are a state of mind, not a state of reality. The four-passenger 2009 Volkswagen CC Sport is no more a four-door coupe than a conventional five-seat sedan like the 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring. Yet both of these midsize sedans are cool in a way that normally eludes front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder family sedans. We think this has more to do with how the Mazda 6 and VW CC look than how they drive. That's not to say that they don't handle crisply or ride smoothly or accelerate predictably. They do all of that. But nothing that happens in the cockpit is quite so striking as the Volkswagen CC's continuously curvy roof line or the Mazda 6's cat-eye headlamps and bulging fenders. Style, not performance, is what defines the 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring and 2009 Volkswagen CC Sport. And if you're realistic about the kind of life a $30000 commuter car is supposed to lead, you'll be OK with this compromise.
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