One word, HYBRID. I just got my Prius (Latin for "Come Before") on the 20th. This car is the computer nerd's dream. LCD display in the front that shows:
- Power Information, shows if i'm using the battery, using the engine, or using the electric motor and the engine.
- Consumption, shows the current millage and the amount of energy regenerated by braking
- Radio, coolest part of all, uses the "Radio Data System" to get the Radio station name and the current song playing! (if the stations supports it, most in big cities do) and it also plays all normal stations.
- Maps, GPS maps (only availible in 2002 model)
This car rocks! Both the gas and brakes are computer controlled (i.e. not connected directly to the engine). And so far I have gotten 46.7mpg with highway driving! There are lots of other cool things about this car, and you can see those here: http://prius.toyota.com
If you wan't one you will probably have to wait till next year (due to high demand and the fact that they are only making a low amount of them this year)
I highly recomend this car, and if you have any questions, just post here or email me at [email protected]