2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – The reviews are in!

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been in the hands of the automotive press for a little while now. The test drives have happened and the reviews have been written. We thought we’d share some highlights of the reviews.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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Motor Trend 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE Review: Gem in the Lineup

Design – “We’d argue the RAV4 is one of the most attractive vehicles in its segment. Eschewing the bulbous look of many competitors, the RAV4 features chiseled lines and strong, squared-off corners. Our XSE Hybrid tester is particularly stylish, sporting black accents all around the exterior, including the fender arches, rocker panels, and roof. Eighteen-inch black wheels complete the look, giving this RAV4 a lot more presence than your average mainstream compact SUV.”

Performance – “Forget what you think you know about hybrids—this vehicle is quick. In our track test, the RAV4 Hybrid ran from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, making it particularly zippy among compact SUVs. In fact, it’s almost a full second quicker to 60 mph than the gas-only RAV4 we’ve been driving for the past several months (8.0 seconds).

You can feel the difference on the road. The hybrid model, aided by its electric motors, delivers power quickly and smoothly whether you’re merging onto the freeway or making a quick lane change. In contrast, the standard RAV4’s powertrain feels rougher, almost gravelly. The power lags and it exhibits a gritty engine note.”

Interior – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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Edmunds.com – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review“

“With the major changes handled in last year’s full redesign, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid carries over with just a few choice refinements. Android Auto smartphone functionality finally joins the existing Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa systems, and that’s definitely a welcome addition for Samsung, Pixel and other non-iPhone users. Several new standard features also appear throughout the lineup, including satellite radio (LE and XLE), a power-adjustable driver’s seat (XLE) and a premium JBL sound system (Limited).”

“These minor upgrades enhance the RAV4 Hybrid’s already substantial appeal. Its comfortable and roomy cabin is solidly built and has sensibly located and easy-to-use controls. Another bonus: The RAV4’s bundle of advanced driver safety aids — which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and, on everything except the base trim, blind-spot monitoring — is something that often costs extra on many competitive SUVs”


2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
(photos – MotorTrend)


Which RAV4 Hybrid does Edmunds recommend? – “Reasonably priced and equipped with a full roster of safety features, the XLE is an undeniable bargain. But we’d try to swing the XSE if we could. It’s a big price jump, but you get a full spectrum of upgrades such as improved interior trim and an 8-inch infotainment screen to practicalities such as a power liftgate and ambient cabin lighting.”

U.S. News.com – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

“The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s #1 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for Families award. Currently the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.”


2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
(photo – MotorTrend)

So, now that you’ve read what the reviewers have to say, it’s time to stop by 15 Airport Road in Waterville to test drive the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Then with your own opinion in hand, sit down with a sales associate and let us find you a great deal. Click this link to start an online search of our RAV4 Hybrid inventory. https://www.cmtoy.com/new-vehicles/rav4-hybrid/

2020 Toyota Highlander

Here’s what the automotive press has to say …

The 2020 Toyota Highlander was introduced a few months ago. The test drives have happened and the automotive press reviews have been written. We thought we’d share some of their thoughts.

2020 Highlander – Celestial Silver Metallic

The Highlander is a seriously polished vehicle, something you notice practically from the moment you fire it up. Underway, it’s smooth, solid and serene, with Lexus levels of refinement. Not too shabby, Toyota, not too shabby. Aside from the standard version, I also got a bit of time behind the wheel of a Highlander Hybrid … this could be the way to go. The fuel economy it provides is absolutely astounding. … when you consider long-term reliability and resale value, things Toyota does better than just about any other automaker, {the Highlander} is easy to recommend. –– Road Show by CNET

2020 Highlander – Ruby Flare Pearl

Highlander owners wanted Toyota to improve the SUV’s front styling, and the new 2020 Highlander has a more appealing visage. The company didn’t stop there, however, lengthening and widening the Highlander while adding artistic flair to its flanks … the result is a captivating design that clearly draws upon but modernizes the outgoing Highlander’s styling themes. Even in relatively basic LE trim, the Highlander’s materials, control layout, and detailing elevate this family-sized Toyota SUV to a higher standard.  {compared to} the previous Highlander. Cargo space behind the second- and third-row seats is more generous, measuring 48.4 cubic-feet and 16 cu.-ft., respectively. (Maximum volume is 84.3 cu.-ft.).   – JD Power.com

If there’s one thing the Toyota Highlander needed, it was a tech-feature makeover. For 2020, Toyota delivered. The Highlander finally offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even though an 8.0-inch touchscreen is still standard, an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen is also available. There are also three USB ports up front, a digital rearview mirror, two USB ports in the second row, and plenty of optional comfort features such as heated second-row seats.

Interior in Glazed Caramel leather trim

Even though most mainstream automakers offer advanced driver-assist and safety features on their vehicles these days, Toyota is one of the few that makes them standard (Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite.) So as with the Corolla and RAV4, even if you buy a base-model Highlander, it will come with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist. Additional features such as a surround-view camera system are offered on higher trim levels. — Motor Trend

Whatever your travel plans, Highlander will get you & your family there safe & sound.

The all-new redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander has set the bar high for the mid-size SUV market. We invite you to contact us soon for a test drive. Or start an online visit at our website now –

All-New 2020 Highlanders – https://www.cmtoy.com/new-vehicles/highlander/

All-New 2020 Highlander Hybrid – https://www.cmtoy.com/new-vehicles/highlander-hybrid/

Addressing the COVID-19 Coronavirus

What WE want everyone to know is that we take our employee and customer health very seriously.

We are here for you! We want you to stay safe and we want to let you know our service departments and parts departments are open regular hours to keep you and your vehicle rolling!   Our sales departments will be available to you from 8 am – 7 pm. Your vehicle is a necessary means to access the items you may need and get the supplies necessary to get through this time

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If you do need our services, the following is some information about the steps we are taking to be certain you are safe and your vehicle is in working order. Central Maine Motors Auto Group will do it’s part to reduce the risk of spreading this virus at our business locations. We’ve all seen or read the conflicting information that reach us via TV, news sources & the ever-present internet about the severity, symptoms, spread, and the significance of this disease.

What WE want everyone to know is that we take our employee and customer health very seriously. These are the precautions we are taking to help keep our customers and employees healthy and well. These steps are implemented at all Central Maine Motors Auto Group (CMMAG) locations. Further steps may be added or these may be adjusted as the situation continues to develop.

• We all appreciate a friendly handshake or other personal greeting. That said, we are temporarily asking for a pass on traditional greetings. We are encouraging our team to greet our customers with their usual warm smiles and waves instead.
• We totally understand that our customers have valid reasons that they may want to stay close to home. Personal caution is appreciated by all in these times. At CMMAG, we are offering a “no questions asked” policy for rescheduling any service appointment. Please contact our Service Business Center representatives at (207) 872-6107 for assistance. We will make every effort to make appointment accommodations that will fit your needs.
• All employees have had informational sessions in each department to stress the importance of protecting our own health but also that of our co-workers. And we want to make sure to also consider the health and safety of our customers. We STRONGLY urge all to practice good hand washing hygiene. We will ensure there are fully-stocked soap dispensers in break rooms and bathrooms at all times.
• In support of other protective measures, we are ensuring a full supply of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in each workspace, as well as providing gloves to team members who interact with customer vehicles. We will be increasing our cleaning protocols and frequency and will be disinfecting regularly, particularly in high-traffic areas.
• And above almost all other precautions, we are encouraging all team members to stay home if they are sick. Whether it’s a runny nose, a cough, body aches, a fever or a general feeling of being unwell. We want no one to be here with symptoms of anything possibly contagious that may spread to others.

Here are some additional changes we have made :

* Added rubber gloves to sales manager offices
* Encouraged use of Rubber gloves at Service desk
* Removed magazines from waiting rooms
* Removed children’s toys from waiting rooms
* Ordered and will add be steering wheel covers for service and sales employees to use with customer vehicles
* Increased Our cleaning service to nightly and disinfecting touch points
* Asked people to observe the 6ft distance rule
* Instituted one rider per service shuttle
* Spaced out and reduced furniture in key places to reduce people sitting together
* Added door stops to prop doors in high traffic doorways
* If you prefer pick up and delivery, please let us know so we may accommodate
* Encourage the use of Web pages, phones, and email for non-essential communication
* placed folding tables around reception spaces to increase social distancing in reception area
* increased the disinfecting and wiping of common areas

As we move forward, we will monitor any & all updates from our state and national health organizations. As previously stated, we will review & adjust our policy / plans as the situation requires. We care deeply about the health and safety of all of our team members and customers. We will do our part to help prevent the spread of this disease as much as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and for your understanding as we all together navigate this ever-changing situation.


Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center

Announcing our new Automotive Buying Center!

Are you looking to trade your vehicle, or maybe just sell your extra car, truck or SUV? Our team at Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center looks forward to welcoming you at our 23 Airport Road location in Waterville.

We need your pre-owned car, truck or SUV

We want your used car, truck or SUV. Our pre-owned vehicle sales business is thriving. But that means we’re seeing more demand than can be met by just your trade-in’s alone. We have openings on our sales lots & your vehicle may be the perfect fit needed in our inventory. So, whatever brand vehicle you’re driving, we’re interested in discussing the possibility of purchasing your quality used vehicle.

We invite you to  start at our website,  https://www.cmmagbuyingcenter.com/ . We’ve partnered with Kelley Blue Book, a nationwide trusted resource on pre-owned vehicles. Click the “Sell/Trade Your Vehicle” tab and you’ll have the option of submitting an inquiry to determine the estimated trade-in value of your vehicle.  We will set a follow-up appointment to meet with you, to make a walk-around inspection of your car, truck or SUV, and finalize an appraised value. We can make an offer to buy your vehicle or talk trade if you’re shopping for a replacement to your current ride.

We’re confident that if you’re car shopping, our dealership locations offer a solid selection of new vehicles for sale, as well as a carefully inspected lineup of pre-owned vehicles. We also have a well-connected finance center run by a qualified team of finance experts, who can help you get the right loan or lease in a quick, easy, and transparent manner.

Since 1935, car owners in Waterville have counted on the high-quality vehicles and services found at Central Maine Motors Auto Group. Our Buying Center benefits from all our years in the automotive business. The Buying Center staff lives up to our reputation and they strive to provide a “Wow!” customer service experience each and every day, with each and every customer.

At all Central Maine Motors Auto Group locations, our commitment to our customers continues well beyond the date of purchase. Make your way to Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center in Waterville today for quality vehicles, a friendly team, and professional service at every step of the way. If you have any questions for us, you can always get in touch at (207) 872-5591. And please visit our website, click the link below.

At Central Maine Motors Auto Group, we want to be your source for all your automotive sales, service, collision repair & detailing needs.

Exciting New 2020 Models To Make Every Drive A Pleasure Trip.

These new 2020 models will tempt you to trade-up to a new car, van, truck or SUV.

Chrysler Voyager – Let’s start with a look at the Chrysler family of vehicles.  One of the names that started the whole minivan frenzy in 1984 is back. The (formerly Plymouth) Voyager returns as the introductory L & XL trim levels of the Pacifica van. It shares most of the design style of the Pacifica, along with the same drivetrain, a 3.6L V-6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. (But if you want a hybrid, you’ll still need to look at the Pacifica’s higher trim levels).

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2020 Chrysler Voyager

While the Voyager van is perfect for the more budget minded family; it still arrives well equipped for most needs.  Room for 7 passengers is still the norm with a two-person 2nd row bench seat on the Voyager L model, and the XL trim gets 2nd row bucket seats. The Voyager is just the ticket for young families, carpooling commuters or grandparents who spend lots of time helping out with the grand kids.

2020 Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes

Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes – America’s only four-door muscle car, the Dodge Charger, brings on a Stars & Stripes Special Edition for 2020. The design features military-inspired touches to celebrate the men and women who serve our country.

The exterior presents a Satin Black & Silver centered body stripe, Satin Black American flag fender decal, 20 x 9-inch Mid-Gloss Black wheels and Satin Black deck lid badging. The interior has distinctive black-on-black cloth seats with an embroidered Bronze Star on the headrests. There’s bronze stitching throughout and an antique bronze badge on the instrument panel. This package with be available on the 2020 Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger R/T and Charger GT RWD.


Jeep Gladiator storms into its sophomore year proudly wearing the North American Truck of the Year Award. That’s right; a Jeep brings home – “Truck of the Year”.

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Buick Encore GX – Over at our Chevy Buick sales lot we’re looking forward to the Spring 2020 arrival of the first-ever Buick Encore GX and Encore GX Sport Touring models. Smart, versatile and ridiculously stylish, these new models from Buick are ready for wherever your whims take you. With crisp body lines, streamlined stance and dramatic styling, the Encore GX strikes a distinctively athletic tone. Whether you show up in the Encore GX or Encore GX ST, you’ll show up with poise and style. The Sport Touring package is nimble, aggressive and bursting with attitude and delivers an even bolder expression of Encore GX style.

2020 Buick Encore GX Sport Touring
2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer

TrailblazerFrom Chevrolet:  Introducing the latest member of the Chevrolet SUV family – the All-New 2021 Trailblazer. (Actually, it’s a return … the original TrailBlazer with a capital B, was in production from 2002 – 2009)

But now it’s back; it’s bold, it’s spacious and Trailblazer offers the technology and capability you’d expect from a Chevy SUV. With multiple trims to choose from, your style options are wide open. Live big in a small SUV. Striking style is the first thing you’ll notice about the new Trailblazer. Its sculpted design and bold proportions make it stand out. The available two-tone roof on the ACTIV and RS trim levels will set you apart from other cars on the road. Trailblazer also arrives Spring 2020.

Toyota has not just been sitting on their hands waiting while others make their new model introductions. They’ve made smart innovative moves on several of their most popular models

Toyota Highlander – The all-new redesigned 2020 Highlander puts more “quality” into your quality family time – Highlander’s bold new design is hard to ignore. The chiseled exterior lines provide the perfect balance between power and refinement. Soft-touch interior surfaces and modern design highlight the quality found throughout the cabin. From the driver’s seat, you’ll be able to personalize every moment behind the wheel. Two powertrain options will be available, a gasoline V-6 powertrain and a hybrid four-cylinder version. For you and your passengers, the 2020 Highlander arrives with a smooth ride and a quiet cabin. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 features are standard and include pre-collision braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and full-range dynamic radar cruise control.

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All-new 2020 Highlander & Camry All-wheel drive

2020 Camry All-wheel drive / 2021 Avalon All-wheel drive – The Camry and Avalon AWD models underscore Toyota’s commitment to the sedan category, a space that some brands have been leaving while Toyota has been expanding choices. Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991, called the AllTrac. The company appreciated the loyalty, patience and perseverance of all those customers and dealers who sent letters, emails, comments and texts asking for a modern AWD version of what is America’s best-selling midsize sedan for 17 years. And the 2020 Camry AWD arrives this spring. (The Avalon AWD with be model year 2021 and will go on sale in the fall of 2020). The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system (borrowed from the 2019 RAV4) provides effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

Notably, the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are North America-only models developed in the U.S. and are assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Camry and Avalon sedans (non-AWD) are available in hybrid models, and, in fall 2019, both added their first-ever TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance versions.

2020 Tundra TRD Pro / 2000 Tundra Access & standard cab

 

And Tundra, Toyota’s full-size truck turns the big 2-0 this summer. – The Tundra was the first-ever full-size pickup truck built by a Japanese automaker in North America. Production for the 2000 Tundra began in May 1999 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI), before moving to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) plant in San Antonio in 2008 where it’s still assembled today.

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When production began 20 years ago, Tundra pushed boundaries and raised expectations for what full-size pickup trucks could do. Since its’ introduction Tundra has continued to prove what it was capable of … from towing the Space Shuttle Endeavour across Los Angeles to when a heroic ICU nurse, in his 2018 Tundra, ferried several people to safety through the deadliest wildfire in California history. Keep an eye out for what the Tundra has to offer as it enters a third decade in 2020.

These new models are not the only surprises that our major manufacturers have planned for 2020 and beyond. We’ll try to keep you in the loop as each and every new innovation hits the showroom floor.