Citing its improved interior, 460 horsepower and the fuel-efficient 29 highway miles per gallon, Automotive Magazine said the Corvette presents "a tremendous performance," CNN Money reported Saturday.
"The Corvette has long been a tremendous performance value wrapped in an all-American package," the magazine says in its review of the car. "Now, however, with new-found sophistication and user-friendliness, the [new Corvette] should melt the barriers that have kept away so many driving enthusiasts."
Long ridiculed by car enthusiasts as more flash that finish, the 2013 Corvette breaks with much of the brand's reputation, said Jean Jennings, the magazine's editor.
"The automobile of the year has to set a standard," she said. "It has to break a category in a way that really excites us."
The award is the second in a row for General Motors. Motor Trend named the Cadillac CTS its car of the year earlier in 2013.