It's a beast.!
We live in Costa Rica, a country known for it's bad roads/drivers. We purchased this Camry from Americans who were returning to the States in 2018, and had brought this car with them new in 99. When we got it, it was their second car [ as most of their usage outside of the central valley was with their 4wd. It had 67,000 original miles on it.
As this car was purchased for my early 20's daughter, needless to say she wasn't thrilled, as it looks like a boxy tank and kind of plain cloth interior. And it's big for a Costa Rican car.
Well here we are in 2022 several years later and she loves this car. Has for years. With the 3000 V6 it has more power than 90% of the cool cars here..but still good on gas on the highway. With the racy suspension it can handle all these curvy roads like nothing... the strength and the steel sided doors make her feel safe... And the huge trunk space can carry all of her and her friends" stuff when they go somewhere It can even carry , with the back seat down, 24 crates of mangos from our farm, which is more than her Montero can do. So as I said, it's a beast!!. Best of all , as a parent it makes me feel more secure for her here with the awful roads and drivers.
The only thing it needs , and needs badly, is a new paint job, as the brutal sun pretty much toasted her. Other than regular maintenance, this car hasn't need anything of major import. Then engine runs like a dream, now around 80,000 miles. Her Mitsu Montero which only is 2 wheel drive, can't compete with the Camry in any department. This car has been bruised and beaten a little by a new driver, but is a veritable Rocky. Judging by the reviews, I'd say most owners feel the same way about this car. I bet the the new Camrys are way more expensive and not nearly as well made. This car must have been a mistake.. no planned obsolescence here!