Have had this car for about 2 years and simply love it. Bought it before the gas crisis and glad I did. Yes it does not have the pickup of normal cars but that is what the Hybrid technology is all about. If you floor it it decreases your efficiency. Has had one recall but that was an easy 1- hour fix at the local dealer. All it was, was some small computer change. Big trunk space, excellent standard features that come with the car, and looks great.
Love the gas mileage. I have read through some of the other comments and I believe it is all on how you drive. I have a manual and can get up to 59 miles per gallon on a complete tank of gas. Mostly runs at about 54 though. Have got 665 miles on one tank also. Use the neutral, coast, arrows.
Needs to have a passenger armrest and maybe throw in some light tented windows and like others have said maybe make that a special edition and give it some added features.