We bought this car for the reliabilty but kept it 7 yrs for the quiet fun.
Built like the Lexus 250/300, this car cost $ 5,000 less. Always rated a "Best Buy" there's real value in the XLE V6
and it holds it's resale value. Toyota
realized it's mistake in offering a lower cost Lexus so it to lower the price on the Lexus line! This car has few equals in comfort, performance, quiet ride, build quality, value or reliability. It's rare to find one up for sale from any model year. Get one, if you can find one.
While it's no "Bimmer" a long haul trip is just as pleasant as around-the-town errand running. It has a quiet confidence in any situation. Read the car mag reviews for yourself.
Toyota let the design lapse in favor of the higher profit Lexus line. The XLE V6s since 1997 are uninspired. It's no longer the "break out" car it once was.
Still a solid value, the show the engineering neglect. Early models (1994-1996) destined to become understated Classics.