Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
11/28/11 12:00 a.m.
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This full-size, front-wheel drive sedan is the Ritz-grade cousin to the make's plebeian Toyota Camry. The top-spec Camry XLE starts $7000 less, though it doesn't have the Lexus cachet or its available options: it’s the Ritz-Carlton to the Camry’s Ritz crackers. When was the last time, after all, that you saw a Toyota in a rap video?

Power comes from the corporate 3.5-liter aluminum V6 with 268 horsepower on tap, mated to a six-speed automatic. It tips the scales just over 3600 pounds, with 60 percent of that over the front wheels. Despite the heft, the EPA rates it at a reasonable 27 mpg highway.

Our tester came with some major option boxes ticked, including a $3535 "Ultra Luxury Package"—leather interior, wood-trimmed steering wheel, heated and cooled seats—and a likewise pricey navigation and premium audio package listed at $4065.

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