"1st gen looks like an Echo, so you have the stigma of an ultra-compact, but you are spared the embarrassment of being seen in the ridiculous-looking, newer body-style Prius. Pretty peppy off the line with electric boost, but no speedster; uphill at 65 sounds like the little 3-banger is giving it all it's got. Very skittish handling, needs constant attention and steering input to keep it from wandering. Wind blows it all over the road. Rear brakes are DRUMS! But, really tight turning circle makes it very nimble in town, plus small size is an easy park. Plenty of interior room, good sized trunk. ALERT!! Traction battery life is primarily a function of AGE, not so much charge cycles or mileage, so beware---it will cost $2500 to replace it (bought my 15-year-old with 48K miles on it (!) for $5000, but battery died in a year. I'm getting 40mpg, so 450+ miles between fill-ups.
Overall, it's practical and with a lot of $ sunk into it, I'll have it for the long term."