Unfortunately, your options are not great. You typically pay a pretty significant premium for a hybrid over a fuel efficient ICE (a premium that you will not make up for in fuel savings unless you drive a lot) so looking at something like an Elantra or Sentra may be a good stop-gap until the Model 3 comes out.
Get Leaf MY16, if the 30 kWh will be sufficient for your needs (would work if you have an ICE in the family). That should be out in a month or two. Better not to burn fossil fuels as you wait for Model 3. You can even get it for a 2 year lease and extend the lease (month by month) for a year. That would take you all the way till Sep/Oct 2018 - and hopefully Model 3 will be around by then.
As with any purchase, there are pros and cons. Price (OK, there is a hybrid premium in comparison to an ICE, I admit), using less oil than a pure ICE, not idling in traffic/stoplights, and great reliability are four items that come to mind. Prii have been known to get upwards of 300k on a single traction battery. The cons you mentioned are the reason I'm excited about a Model 3.I don't get why anyone would buy a hybrid. In addition to the batteries, motor(s) you still have the gas engine and all of the subsystems that go with it (exhaust, radiator, emissions controls, filters, etc).
When done right, you get all the benefits of electric, with none of the drawbacks. Unfortunately "done right" means spending upwards of $500K -- at least til the new NSX and GTR come out.I don't get why anyone would buy a hybrid. In addition to the batteries, motor(s) you still have the gas engine and all of the subsystems that go with it (exhaust, radiator, emissions controls, filters, etc).