Heh, the only thing on your list that I havent done is test drive the sucker. I have test driven the gas version and it is pretty slick. The videos of test drives seem to be in line with this though.I also wouldn't want to pre-order without having read or watched several reviews, and after I had test driven the vehicle, and personally approved the new drive system, plus an understanding and acceptance of what options are/are not available, or what I would trade off (other than 2nd row Stow & Go seating) to get the hybrid.
Also my current vehicle is on it's last legs as of 5 months ago so I am a smidge anxious. Nothing like the smell of burning oil when you park to create an incentive for a hasty purchase.