I just finished my first test drive of the Civic Hybrid today. It is definitly a different car than the prius. I noticed that it seemed to be a little peppier than the prius, but not by a large amount. The overall I was pleased with the interior, however I diden't like the instrument panel layout. I missed not having the average MPG display (if it's there I coulden't find it) but the instant MPG display seemed more responsive than the one in the prius. The ride was similar to what I get with my prius if I lower the tire preseure to the reccomended values. The only other complaint I can think of with the civic is the lack of stealth, and the ULEV rating instead of the SULEV, other than that I think it is an excellent car and will look forward to seeing more on the road.