At first I was in denial and blamed my poor mpg (around 44mpg) on my beginner status as a prius owner. Next after a few weeks of driving I was angry at Toyota for advertising 50mpg when I wasn't able to achieve it. Then I tried to fix my poor mpg with tricks and tips. P&G. Driving slower, and not hitting the power section. I kept thinking eventually I'll pass the magical "break in period" and then it will do better. After consulting this forum and still not being able to achieve 50mpg (when so many here claim they easily achieve it) I was depressed about my under-performing prius. Now I think I have finally come to the acceptance stage. I know some on this forum will say "you're driving it wrong" or "it's because of your location". But I have driven it across california, and with nice sunny weather in a variety of styles and the best tank I can get is 48 (with hyper-miling). Well whatever, good enough. I have now turned off my bar and MPG tracker and just drive. I would suggest others who are having the same issue try it, it is still a great car and I am happier for it.