I live in Melbourne Australia and thus own the Australian built V6 3.0 Altise Limited Edition which is the US XLE V6 version. This car drives like a baby and it has done only 45,000k (28,000 miles). I have no complaints apart from the knobs on the dash which makes it look rather cheap. The noise insulation is absolutely excellent! (not that it makes any noise of its own) Why can't Ford, GM and the rest build cars like this?
I traded a 97 T-Bird (last of the "big Iron T-Birds). I expected less from the Camry , but have been pleasently surprized. Not as much "top end", but peppy, great handleing, and good economy. Had to make a number of "long trips" immediately after purchase and enjoyed each of them. Will buy another when the time comes...
Style, drive train, and quality.
one or two more inches of leg room in front would make this a "10" for comfort. Otherwise, just don't mess with it...
If you are secure enough to live without the Lexus nameplate on the ES 330 you can have essentially the same vehicle with the Camry XLE 6 cylinder. The Camry body style is a bit more subdued but the same creature comforts and driveline components are there for your enjoyment...along with the $6,000 to $8,000 you save.
Interior design and comfort are first rate. All the controls...especially those for climate control...are right where they should be and easy to use. Handling is predictable and the 6 cylinder engine provides plenty of pep for freeway merges.
Toyota should be ashamed for having rigid outside rear view mirrors on a vehicle this size. And why does Camry XLE come only with a "satellite radio-ready" sound system when the Honda Accord EX comes with XM satellite radio fully installed?