I checked out the following cars before I purchased the SE Camry: Accord LX/EX & Mazda 6 different trims. I liked all makes, but Mazda6 was a little smaller, Accord steering was heavy. The Camry was the best bang for the buck and you get more options as standard. I chose SE over LE for the sporty looks, performance and handling. The SE is worth the extra $1500 over the LE.
Great handling and acceleration with a powerful 4 cyl engine with decent mileage. I also love the Bluetooth feature.
Here is what I would like to see on the SE model: 1) Adjustable/tilt headrest 2) Folding back seat for the SE model 3) Mileage consumption indicator and more gadgets 4) Floor mats included with the car price not added as a $200 feature 5) Cannot interact with the NAV system when moving