Someone on another thread made me think. Did the styling play a major role in others purchase of the Prius? It certainly did in my case but then I have always been drawn to what others considered rather odd looking cars. I actually like the look of the second Gen Prius and the third Gen. Other cars I have lusted after (never owned) and have been ridiculed for liking include: Saab 900 (was a little before my time) Subaru SVX ( my unatainable dream car) Most D'silva designed Alfas (but then I am not so alone on that one) A couple of Citroen's I assume most people who like the styling of the Prius have similarly eccentric styling tastes. I assume many bought the car despite its styling but for other reasons including the envronment or economic or image reasons. But if you are actually attracted to the Prius shape and detailing then you must share some of my strange disorder. I believe I read elsewhere it is the #1 car in Japan. Perhaps I am "turning Japanese".