ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2002. Rear side air bags available from 2007. ESC available, standard from 2007.
This well-designed sedan is based on the less lavish and less expensive Toyota Camry. Its ride is smooth and exceptionally quiet. The silky-smooth 3.0-liter V6 provides brisk acceleration, and the automatic transmission shifts flawlessly. Traction control is standard, and stability control is optional. Handling is sure and predictable but unexceptional. Braking is very good. The front seats are comfortable. The rear seat is fine for two adults but crowded for three. Up-to-date safety equipment is standard. Fit and finish are first-rate.