Just checked out the Toyota Prius03 website.... to my surprise, it really seems to be getting there; even the price is dropping. Still can't quite afford it yet; but it's getting closer - close enough to be at the back of my mind for a future car. One thing which will come out in time is how much it costs to run/service one of these. It might be cheap on the fuel; but how much will maintenance cost?
Still, it's encouraging.