Chose the Camry for a few reasons. I love the comfortable ride, smooth, powerful engine, and quiet interior. The simple controls and inoffensive styling are pluses too. Considering how large this car is, it gets very good fuel economy; over 30 MPG on the highway and mid-20s mixed. It's hard to believe this is a four-cylinder - the engine is very quiet and has a surprising amount of passing power. Unfortunately, the steering is vague, and the suspension does not feel very confident on curvy roads. Toyotas have never been sporty cars, but a bit of tightening would do much good for the Camry. Biggest disappointment is the interior; cheaply assembled and has developed rattles at only 3000 miles.
Smooth ride, smooth engine, quiet cabin, spacious interior, simple controls, interior storage compartments, inoffensive styling (except for the grille).
The cabin materials are way too plasticky, and interior fit & finish is not at all what I've come to expect from a Toyota (already developing bad rattles). The bulging fascia/grille is unattractive. Radio reception is mediocre. Rear visibility is very poor. Steering and handling could be improved.