I heard somewhere, and it may be apocryphal, that the Prius is basically a Corolla, and that Toyota, in a masterful stroke of marketing, decided to give it its own identity rather than call it the Corolla Hybrid. I know this is hypothetical, but please indulge me, for I have a point. If the Prius were just another fuel-efficient non-hybrid, like the Corolla, except with all the bells and whistles and high-tech stuff intact, would you still buy the car? In other words, could you honestly love the car with as much passion as is displayed on this forum if you got only 30 mpg and not 50? I'm not trying to raise anyone's hackles. I'm just wondering if it's possible to step back from the altar of mpg and candidly appraise your Prius? Or is mpg too powerful a siren to resist? Don't get me wrong, the Prius is high on my list for a new car, and I will test drive, etc. before deciding. I just think that input from owners with real-world experience, who have lived with their Priuses for a while, can offer some valuable insight that can be had nowhere else. I'd appreciate any input you can provide.