OK first of all It is NOT coming in first on race day. it has a 1.3 L engine but the electric torque pulls it off the line fine. If you expect 50MPG buy a Prius and good luck, this car I always get 40-41. and if you keep your foot out if it you can get better. Overall I love it. I bought it in '10 and it's n '09 I have had to get the battery changed twice which disturbs me but it was under warranty at the time. You can't compare the comfort of the seats and the feel going down the road. others report no power... OK like I said it is a 1.3L engine not a rocketship. I take it on long and short trips and it has never failed me.
This really is the BEST of the 7 cars I've owned, and the most fun to drive of the 12 we've had as a family! In the nearly 7 weeks I've had it I'm still on my 2nd tank of gas, getting about 31 MPG even with only-city only-COLD winter driving. The traction has been fantastic on slick, icy and wet roads. My 6'2" husband has good head and leg room (even in back), and my 82-year-old mother has no trouble getting in and out. Other favorite features that outshine past cars I've had or driven: smoothest cruise control, quietest ride (maybe a tie with the '88 Taurus?), push-button trunk release, outside temp display, digital temp control and MPH displays and best dashboard layout, especially with ALL the read-outs I can switch between. ONLY things missing: rear seat cup holders and smaller trunk (I fit 10 filled grocery bags along with my mini car tool box). I'll drive this one to it's very last breath.
I've owned a 2005 Civic Hybrid since new and I've seen people say their car did not get the gas mileage they expected. Maybe I'm a little too logical and didn't expect extremely high MPG ratings from day one, but I must admit the car did for the most part return 45 to 48 MPG for the last 7 years and gave me very little if any problems. The car handles well looks good and actually has plenty of power as far as I'm concerned. I did worry about the replacement of the battery pack because everyone kept bringing that up as huge expense but the warranty is very long and and even if it did go out after the warranty was over with labor included when I checked it was less then $1300 (I checked with several dealerships to be safe) and my gas savings paid for that many times over.