The body style is what first attracted me -- 21st century look but with a memory of 60's round tail light styling. Mine also has the spoiler - purely for looks, but I like it.
But the guts is what sold me. Same story as your brother's Lexus -- never been in the shop. In 100,000 miles, only 2 sets of tires, 1 set of brakes - zippo on anything else beyond normal scheduled maintenance (oil, transmission flush, etc.) Only now, 6 years later, will I even be changing spark plugs.
Style is personal, I admit, but solid mechical performance is for everyone.