We just handed down our much loved 2000 Camry V6 to our daughter. After driving the LE I4 and the LE V6, we tried the SE V6 and immediately loved it. The SE has front and rear strut tower braces, 15% firmer springs and shocks, firmer bushings and anti-sway bars and lower profile tires vs the LE and XLE. The result is a stiffer chassis, a firmer ride, flat cornering and better steering . There is some tire thump on cracks in the road because of the low profile tires. Overall, the car has a sporty feel compared with the other models. Most salesmen said they didn't notice any difference, but if you like the LE ride, you may not like this model. It tracks straight even in cross winds.
Firmer ride and better steering than LE. Quiet on the highway. Outstanding power, it's faster than most of the old muscle cars! Very good gas mileage - we got 31 mpg all highway 70-75 mph. Over 400 miles on 3/4 tank, behaving myself! 26-28 mpg mixed and 22 all local/rural. Comfortable seats.
Charge $50 more and improve quality of interior door panels. Brakes seem OK but given its power, larger brakes than standard LE should be provided. Otherwise an exceptional car for the money.
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