"I hesitate between a 2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD and an 2019 Lexus IS 300. Both are at the same price. Are the maintenance costs much higher at Lexus? Reliability, I imagine it is equivalent. "
– Jean-Francois Pelletier
Hello. Indeed, financially and practically, there are several similarities between the two products. There is, however, one aspect to consider in relation to the purchase price, the value of the Camry tends to remain higher, to be less quickly affected by the weather.
For the rest, these are two vehicles that we recommend without reservation. In the case of the Camry, it has only received a few minor upgrades for 2021. In the case of the IS, its value may drop even more quickly as a new version will be released towards the end of the year.
It is also important to know if the Lexus is a used car or if it is new. If it is used, you should take into consideration that the basic 4 year / 80,000 kilometer warranty has been running for some time. For the Camry, being new, you will have full 3 year / 60,000 kilometer protection. It's up to you to see where the Lexus warranty stands, you may have a little advantage in this area.
When it comes to maintenance, yes, there isn't much of a difference, at least when it comes to the cost of parts. However, it is possible that the Lexus dealership is a little more greedy on its hourly rate. I invite you to validate this important data with your seller.
Looking only at vehicles, they offer a completely different driving experience. With the Camry, we offer a more subdued behavior by the configuration of its suspensions and its wheelbase. Even in XSE, the Camry does not seek to provide a high level of drivability. Whether you opt for the 4-cylinder or the V6, performance is not open to criticism. Note also that the Toyota is considerably more spacious and practical.
For the Lexus, we arrive with a more dynamic approach. Even though it comes with all-wheel drive, it still favors propulsion. The direction is also more incisive and the mechanics, more sporty. On the other hand, interior space and ergonomics are not its strongest points.
Personally, I would suggest the Camry, but considering that both are recommendable, I suggest you take a test drive to see which vehicle you're most comfortable in.
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