I just got my new 2005 Prius on Friday after a four month wait!
It is absolutely the best car I've ever owned. I sold a Ford Explorer Limited, ('02), loaded because once a week I was paying $42 for a fillup with regular gas.
I'm already getting 44.-- mpg (city) while I learn how to drive it.
DVD map - I really relied on the compass in my Explorer, but the map on the Prius is excellent! It will search specific POI's )Points of Interest) and provide voice directions. The computer screen is easy to read in all light conditions. There are convenient controls located on the steering wheel so I can switch between in depth fuel consumption info to the map and back without compromising safety. It's taking me a little time to learn how to work this feature, but when I get it right it's great!
I haven't set up the bluetooth feature for my Motorola V600 phone yet, but I'll post when I do. This feature is fabulous for my son ('04 Prius and Sony Ericsson phone).
The interior is roomy with lots of storage compartments and enough cargo room to move everything I can carry with one other person to my new house. My 6'4" husband is comfortable in the passenger front seat.
The ride is smooth, easy to handle, quiet and there is no significant difference between my Ford (v 8 engine) and the Prius in pickup. The Ford would take everything at stoplights for probably $10 a pop. The Prius responds quickly and safely.
The smart-Key entry system is as good as the key-pad on the Ford. You cannot lock your keyes in the Prius! You never have to use a key to unlock or start the Prius, so your keyes stay conveniently in your pocket or purse.
The climate control functions in the background to keep the cabin comfortable, and so far, no blowing in our faces at start-up.
Things I would change:
The windows aren't tinted as darkly as the Ford (tinting blocks GPS system) and the visors don't block the sun at sunset unless I sit very straight and adjust constantly. Most serious flaw, imo.
I would like leather upholstery. I have two dogs! (who fit beautifully in the back - Golden Retriever 100lbs and Beagle-mix 30lbs.)
The Ford had auto headlights on-off *sniff* and auto door locks when in "drive gear".
Lastly, I don't know what driving in Cols, Ohio snow will be like. The Ford would go through anything! I'll post my experience on this board in Jan or Feb '05.