Hi, I'm a lifelong automobile enthusiast and my wife and I are very concerned about air quality and the depletion of the world's natural resources. We just sold my wife's minivan and we picked up a Prius yesterday for a 2 day test drive. I am very impressed - this car is extremely entertaining to drive, I feel like I am driving the car of the future. I am surprised that the handling is so competent in light of the negative comments some of the popular car magazines have made about this issue. The car had 4 miles on it when I started the test drive, and we have beeen averaging 49.0 mpg with the a/c running all the time in this summer heat. I think we're going to buy one in the next day or two.