The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid may be all new to you, but this is actually Honda's second try. The first Accord Hybrid debuted a decade ago, with an emphasis on performance, not fuel economy. That didn't go so well, because hybrid drivers generally don't care about laying down fast times at the drag strip. What they want is phenomenal fuel economy, and it's clear that Honda's been listening. Here are five reasons why the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is a must-drive.

Fantastic Fuel Economy

The original Accord Hybrid only had a fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon overall, but the new one does quite a bit better than that. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Accord Hybrid gets an incredible 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, or 47 mpg overall. That's nearly twice as frugal as before, and it trounces the Camry Hybrid's 41 mpg. In fact, it's not far off the world-beating pace of the smaller, less-refined Toyota Prius hatchback.

Reasonable Price

Starting at around $30,000 when nicely equipped, the Accord Hybrid isn't one of those hybrids that doesn't make financial sense. Compared to an Accord V6, the Hybrid is much more fuel-efficient, yet it costs about the same. That means you'll be saving money every time you fill up. Pricing like this shows that Honda's serious about bringing this car to the masses. The Accord Hybrid isn't just a green status symbol; it's a practical real-world solution.

Spacious Interior

Unlike the Prius and other hybrid economy cars, the Accord Hybrid is a pretty hefty ride, so you don't have to compromise on space. Want to carry a couple of 6-footers in back? No problem; there are acres of room back there. And if you're a larger person yourself, the Accord's driver seat will likely suit you quite well, as Honda's midsize sedan is technically a full-size car at this point. Not bad for 50 mpg, eh?

Drives Like an Accord

The Accord has always been known as the driver's car in its class, and the new Hybrid is no exception. If you're looking for a hybrid sedan that's not a total bore, you're going to like this Honda. The Accord Hybrid feels every bit as responsive on the road as its conventional siblings, and it even has 196 total horsepower when you need a little extra. Hybrids often have a strange, disconnected character from behind the wheel, but the Accord Hybrid is dialed in.

Plug-In Version Available

Notably, Honda also offers an Accord Plug-In Hybrid that's rated for around 13 miles of electric-only driving. You can plug it in at home or work to recharge, and when it runs out of battery power, its gas engine gets almost the same fuel economy as the regular Hybrid. Of course, it costs more, but you get more, too, particularly if you have a short commute.

AutoTrader Says

Who wouldn't want an Accord with twice the fuel economy? Looks like the second time's the charm for Honda's hybrid family sedan.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as Edmunds.com and DriverSide.com. He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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