After doing much reading and learning mostly at InsightCentral I went out and got a HCH. I had tried to buy an Insight a couple years ago but the dealer never got one in with a manual. I thought about the Prius but by the time I got serious there were none to be found. The lower EPA numbers kept me from looking at the HCH until I actually starting thinking about what I wanted as a package instead of just MPGs. The HCH has the most stuff for the least money and is more available.
A couple months ago the manual transmission was hard to find, my local dealer had no HCH's on the lot and the next one due in was an '04 white CVT that I really didn't want. After a little chit chat the girl at the computer mentioned that they had a magnesium metallic manual due in about 2 months. Color, good, manual tranny, good, hmmm. I asked if it would be an '04 or '05 and after a missed guess and some checking it was confirmed to be on '05. Three for three, everthing was exactly like I wanted so I took it to be a sign that the time was right to buy.
Well the little bugger came in on the 19th and now I'm getting 56mpg! While not perfect the HCH is a great car and I'm very happy with it. GreenHybrid has an online mileage database where I'll be posting the offical at the pump numbers. I'm Lakedude over there same as here.