Greg, thanks for the info on the 2009 models. We were trying to order an 08 yesterday and the dealer said they had a previous cancellation and might try to use that production spot for our order, otherwise they can't order 08's anymore. I think I'll call them tomorrow and tell them I'll wait for an 09 anyway, sounds like it has enough positive changes to make it worth the wait.
As a side note, I had searched dealer inventory online at over 100 dealers in TX, OK, and NM and only found a four with a hybrid in stock and calls to two of them revealed they had been sold already. So it is pretty much impossible to buy one here without ordering it. They said it would be about 26 weeks before you would get it after you order. They are also selling them for MSRP around here, no deals to be had.