Where does it say that all hybrids have to look ridiculously stupid. Why do the designs for hybrids have to be all spacy and futuristic. I read an article that said, "And with some evidence that consumer interest in hybrid vehicles is beginning to wane (see Hybrid Downturn? section), ..."
If they started making hybrids look cool like a mustang, then the interest would skyrocket.
I dont think they have to look futuristic as your asking but I think it was to appeal to the consumers need to be different. I am a Prius owner and while the shape of the car is not offensive I have had many of my friends call it the "Spaceship Enterprise". Honda has kept its market for the civic's body shape/design appealing to someone such as yourself. Also I noticed that alot of other manufacturers are keeping thier core designs and adding the hybrid piece to the cars. I hope this answers your question.
Oh and by the way I bought the Prius because of not only the great gas mileage (45-50mpg) but because I am tall (6'2"). The leg room in the front and back seats is great as well as the head room. The primary reason we (me and my wife) bought it was because of the amount of pollution we would put into the air driving a car. We reduced it significatly by having a hybrid. If there was an affordible 100% electric car we would have purchased that car instead.
Let me point out that the shape of the Prius is not purely stylistically motivated. The Prius has the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient of any production car in the world, I think. Why would you want to spend your mpg's pushing air out of the way? To me, that makes it particularly beautiful.