This car has been in the family since it was new. I have had it for the last eight years. Honestly, I neglect the poor thing mechanically. All I really do for it is change the oil. It has had a couple of $600.00+ repairs but is super-reliable even when neglected. Mine is over 160,000 right now and the engine is strong (even though some seals are a bit leaky). Kudos to Toyota for this model!
All the controls are where they "should" be, and the car is very comfortable to drive and has excellent visibility.
The interior doesn't hold up as well as the mechanical aspects. Then again, would you rather get there in a car with chipping wood grain, or sit by the side of the road in a lovely car?