In May 1996 I bought this 4 cylinder Camry LE and added only the ABS as the only option. Now a little over 12 years later I am still driving her and she has been great. The original engine was replaced in June 2006 because some idiot decided to rev the engine past the red zone on the tachometer which resulted in it blowing up and shooting a piston through the oil pan but the guy owned up and paid to have a brand new engine from Japan installed and currently has 20,000 miles on it. The old engine did have a slight oil leak but now the new one will last at least 100K. Gas mileage is much better than my sister's 01 Accord V6 and even though the 4 is underpowered, I'll take the better gas any day
Gas lasts me 2 weeks versus one week in my sister's V6 Accord, comfortable ride, bullet-proof reliability, just regular maintainance and nothing has failed, excellent resale value.
More power with less fuel use is always a good thing, lousy cupholders, mine has developed a few rattles in the dash. Handling, fun-factor. $55 to fill is a lot.