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When I was shopping for my '10, I drove just about everything else in this class, before going back to the 6 (I previously owned a '04). The Optima wasn't on the list, but the CC was.
I drove the CC, and was impressed with the interior, and the exterior styling was pretty nice as well. The seats were comfortable, and controls were logically placed and worked well. The drive was okay. The steering was too light and lifeless to me, and the suspension was soft, with a fair amount of roll through the curves, but the ride wasn't bad. Despite it's "upmarket" billing over the Passat (like the Maxima is over the Altima), I didn't see or feel any reason why there's a price difference between it's sibling (as well as the Max' over the Altima). Also since the V6 was a requirement for me, the CC's price premium was ridiculous (nearly $8K MORE) over a similarly-equipped 6.
Combine that with the terrible reliability that VW has had since the late-'90s, and the 6 easily won the dual.
And I've got the Bose system, and have no complaints with it.
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