This car looks like and drives like it drinks from the fountain of youth. It's almost incomprehensible that it's been on the road for nearly 14 years and driven 18000 miles a year. If 'lacks character' means bulletproof reliability and no surprises - so be it! Design-wise and mechanically, it ain't perfect - but nearly. I look forward to buying another Lexus; I just wish they offered more in the way of wagons and AWD.
Center console design: climate control and stereo controls - excellent. Excellent premium stereo. Comfortable ride without being mushy. Exterior design - looks nice even after a dozen years. Reliability - what can I say? I'd sooner drive this car cross-country than something new off the lot.
Needs more torque, and then could use sportier handling. Automatic trans has some bad programming. Interior headroom is lacking.