It really does save fuel, and really does have some pickup when you push that accelerator. Small and nimble to drive, yet pretty big on the inside.
I've loved this car ever since I test drove one. I thought the hybrid thing was stupid back in 2003, but then I did that test drive, and knew I had to buy it at that moment. I got lucky and actually paid $100 less than list at the time (most paid more than list, although I did have to wait 3 months or so). I've averaged more than 40 mpg and love every minute of it. Very few issues/problems with the car. Did get a few software/firmware upgrades in the first couple of years, which really helped with any issues.....since then, great car!