I feel the basics of driving a hybrid are pretty simple. Don't drive it like its a hybrid. Drive it like your wanting to get good mpg in a gas only car and the hybrid will do the rest.
Let it auto stop at lights. Use EV in beep and creep traffic. But don't run the pack down so low that your going to have to go thru a forced regen pulling a hill. Stay out of the pack untill you need it and can maximize its use. And get your regens when you can load drive on a down hill plain. Or when coming to a traffic jam that you know you cant get around. So coast up off the throttle and force it to top its self off.
Ive driven my share of hybrids and I really like the tech. behind them. With that said. I would purchase HCHII TODAY if I could get a MT tranny in it. I would be even happier if I could get a HCHII without auto climate control and rear disc brakes. I would expect nothing less than 70 mpg out of one at my skill level.
09 HCHII, w/Navi
07 Mazda3 S Touring, 5MT
Mild Hypermiler or Mad Man?