The Tesla Model S has been named Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, one of the most prestigious honors in the automotive industry. The Model S won by way of unanimous vote, after 11 discriminating judges test drove 25 other vehicles to compare those all-important technical aspects of four-wheeled travel like acceleration, brakes and suspension tuning.

The Tesla Model S, the first non-gasoline-powered vehicle to win the award, opened a can of whip-asphalt on both luxury and family cars, including the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, BMW 3 Series, Lexus GS, Porche 911, Porche Boxster and Subaru BRZ, according to Motor Trend.

Edward Loh, editor in chief of the magazine, says the Tesla Model S was “truly a game changer,” and also the fastest American sedan tested this year.

Tesla Motors will reportedly manufacture 20,000 of the Model S in 2013.