Year-End Clearance Deals

All across Hoffman Auto Group there are great deals to be had to celebrate the year end. Here are some of them you can check out if you’re looking for a new vehicle this holiday season.

2015 toyotathon

At Hoffman Toyota, it’s Toyotathon time!



2015 Toyota season of savings

There’s also the Season of Savings which is benefiting Autism Speaks while you get to save on your next service visit.


2015 season of audi

At Hoffman Audi it’s the Season of Audi Sales Event. Head over to the website to see why more people are selecting Audi than ever!


2015 honda happy honda days At Hoffman Honda they’re celebrating the Happy Honda Days sales event.


2015 nissan holiday


Head over to Hoffman Nissan for some great holiday bonus cash!



2015 lexus december

Over at Hoffman Lexus, it’s the December to Remember sales event.

So across our dealerships, this is a great time to come in and take a look at a new car, a new truck, or any other new vehicle. Happy holidays from Hoffman Auto!




Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

cell phone mount

The iOttie phone mount,

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for the car enthusiast on your list, here are some great ones!

This cell phone dashboard mount from iOttie is a winner with reviewers. Sticks to your dashboard or windshield, with a big, strong suction cup. They say it can be removed or mounted with just one touch – pretty simple.

Since Connecticut is a hands-free cellphone state, you must make sure you have the right device for your device! This is a great gift for your CT driver, one they’ll appreciate long after the busy holiday season is over. See details here.

CT drivers

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If your driver loves our great state of Connecticut, you can cruise over to Etsy and pick up one of these fun car decals. Help them declare their love of CT, wherever they go.

Decals like this make a great stocking stuffer, especially for a young driver going off to college. There are lots of cute styles on Etsy to choose from, too.


Or, if you have a brand new driver, give them a personalized CT license plate necklace to mark their accomplishment this year.

CT license plate giftCT custom license plate cufflinksGot a guy on your list with a great CT license plate he’s super proud of? The same artist does custom cuff links!


CT car gift gear clock

Gear clock from

Perfect for the man cave or the office, for any car lover: this gear clock from is a gift we just love. The parts are re-purposed from an engine timing gear and chains. A car lover’s perfect gift.

Enjoy your holiday shopping, and drive safely along the way!

New 2015 Ford Mustang is In Connecticut!


New Mustang is a Hit

Last year we could only show you pictures of the new 2015 Ford Mustang in our post, “Happy 50th, Ford Mustang.” Now you can come check it out in person at Hoffman Ford in East Hartford.

The new design is smoking hot, and fans have been speculating about what a new Mustang would look like since the last time the iconic model was fully re-designed….in 2005.

Ron Brunelle, Sales Manager at Hoffman Ford, is really pleased. “Of all the redesigns Ford’s done recently this is the nicest,” he thinks. “My favorite element is the tail end, which looks like the old fast back. It’s just really, really nice. The front end is very aggressive, and they put really nice wheels on this model as well – it’s an accent that can really make a statement.”

New Engine Choices on the Mustang

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Ron Brunelle of Hoffman Ford

Ford has added a new 2.3 litre ecoboost turbo, which is a 4 cylinder with 320 ft-lb of torque and it’s very, very quick. Then there’s a 5 litre GT, the most powerful at 435 horsepower and 400 ft-lb of torque.

Ron says, “There’s also the 3.7 litre V6. It’s the first engine to ever have twin independent variable camshaft timing (TI-VCT). The 3.7 litre gives you 300 horsepower and 280 ft-lb of torque, which is good for people who don’t want to go with the turbo.”

Ron is seeing that customers are excited about the V6 engine, noting, “Many Mustang owners are going from their old GTs and getting into a V6 because it gets just as much horsepower but much better fuel economy.”

What Else is New?

“They’ve made the new Mustang in some really nice colors, some more flashy and some more subtle,” says Ron. “The car’s technology is outstanding. It sounds awesome. Now we’re waiting for the new Shelby GT350 that’s coming out soon, too. It’s just beautiful!”

The 2015 Mustang also features:

• A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
• Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps with sequential turn signals
• Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
• Independent rear suspension, for even better handling
• More shoulder and hip room for passengers
• A bigger trunk that can even fit two golf bags

Interior Changes on the New Mustang

Large, clear instruments put everything you need front and center . You’ll find the interior materials are an upgrade from what you see on older Mustangs, with brushed aluminum instead of painted plastics. New toggle switches on the console can even be tapped to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes.

The Mustang also has some advanced driver-assist features like a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. There’s also the SYNC AppLink™ that lets you control smartphone apps like your favorite tunes.

50 years of Mustang: “A brand and a car that has a soul.”

“From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right,” says Ford’s Pericak. “We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century.”

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2013 Late Model Mustang Club’s Spring Cruise Photos
2013 Spring Cruise Videos
The 2013 Shelby in “Getaway”
2014 Ford Mustang Thunderbirds Edition

The New 2015 Lexus RC and NX 200t

Hoffman Lexus Bill Jones

Hoffman Lexus Sales Associate Bill Jones

Lexus is releasing two brand new vehicle models, the 2015 Lexus RC 350 coupe and the 2015 Lexus NX 200t SUV, and we think you’re going to love them.

We spoke with Lexus Sales Associate Bill Jones about these new Lexus models, and it was hard for him to contain his enthusiasm!

Lexus NX 200t SUV Crossover

The new Lexus NX is a small luxury crossover SUV. says it features, “Impeccable cabin construction; generous backseat room; copious high-tech features; smooth and quiet engine.” This new crossover is sharply styled, taking after the Lexus IS model’s good looks. It’s loaded with the high-tech elements you’d expect from Lexus, and boasts great legroom in the back seat.

New 2015 Lexus NX 200t CT

The 2015 Lexus NX 200t

Unlike the larger Lexus RX‘s V6, the smaller NX has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That’s right, turbocharged. You’ll love the power from this engine, and how quiet it is.

Bill Jones is seeing a lot of interest in the NX 200t already. “People are kind of waiting in line to see this car. Now that it’s in the showroom at Hoffman Lexus, it’s getting a lot of attention. People really like the fresh, youthful look of the NX 200t. I see a lot of interest from younger buyers, like those just starting their families,” Bill says.

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The interior of the new 2015 Lexus NX 200t

Edmunds also likes the interior of the new Lexus NX 200t,  which it calls “packed full of available high-tech safety and infotainment features. The latter are likely to be controlled with Lexus’ optional Remote Touch interface, revised for 2015 to use a new laptop-like touchpad to control various vehicle functions.”

How does the new Lexus NX drive? Is it just a “smaller Lexus RX”? NO. Be ready for a nice, firm ride, and more responsive steering than you might be used to if you drive a Lexus RX. says, “There is a sense of connection between the car and driver that is not present in Lexus’ other SUVs as well as some rival crossovers.”

“Even though it’s a 4 cylinder, this car is turbo charged and really fun to drive. I like the spunk of it,” says Bill Jones. “It’s got a great feel in the steering wheel, tighter than the RX you might be used to. I like the adjustable rear tailgate, too, which can adjust to different levels. The controls are also mostly hand-swipe driven. I can go to the nav screen with just my finger, or go to the satellite radio, wherever I need to go. It’s really nice.”

This is really a different vehicle model for Lexus, and it was needed according to Bill. Sounds like it’s time for a test drive….

2015 Lexus RC


The interior of the new 2015 Lexus RC 350

This new coupe is not just another sedan with a few less doors! It’s the first pure coupe Lexus has brought to market in 15 years, and it was worth the wait.

“It’s a fresh looking two-door, and it’s aggressive looking. It’s going to attract a younger age group, and they’re going to love it,” Bill thinks. “It comes in four wheel drive too, which is great for Connecticut. This car also makes some noise, with a big engine that’s really powerful.” says Lexus has taken a great approach to designing the new 2015 Lexus RC: “The all-new RC350 is built on the bones of three different cars, as the IS C convertible and the latest IS and GS sedans all make osteal contributions. The IS C donates its floor pan (with reinforced sills), the GS its structure forward of the A-pillar, and the IS its rear architecture.”

The same double-jointed upper and lower wishbones of the Lexus GS sedan are complemented by struts and bushings tuned for a sporty ride, while the rear of the RC uses independent multi-link structuring the IS sedan is built with.

The eight speed automatic engine on the new Lexus RC is a powerful V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. This great new coupe is also available in all-wheel drive, which could be handy for our Connecticut winters, but only with a six-speed transmission. No manual transmission is available.

“This car can be in sport mode or automatic mode, and it’s just fun to drive all year round in New England. The shorter gear shift gives it a really nice feel for the hand, and it’s a great sporty look,” says Bill. “The blind spot monitors are also really great, and drivers love it. It’s just a great new safety feature, and it comes standard with the navigation package.”

Drivers will appreciate how precise the steering is, which feels similar to the steering on the IS sedan. And with its well-designed cockpit, says it feels like you’re wearing the car, not driving it. This is a Lexus meant for people who love the drive and the feel of the road.

2015-Lexus-RC exterior

The new 2015 Lexus RC coupe

This opinion is shared by, whose first drive review likes that there’s “less emphasis on a serene, coddled driving experience and more on athleticism or sharp response. The base RC 350 offers the pizazz of a coupe with enough luxury to merit the label.”

But don’t just take their word for it. Come take a new Lexus RC for a test drive!

How to Decide: Buying a New Car, or Leasing?

A while back, DrivenCT posted information on whether to buy or lease a new car. Since it’s the year end, we thought it would be a good time to reiterate some of the information from that post.

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ll quickly notice how much lower monthly lease payments are compared to getting financing for a new vehicle purchase. What makes leasing so much less money each month? Leases are financing a much shorter timeframe: just how much you’re going to use the car during the period of the lease. With a new car purchase, you’re financing the cost of the car over a longer time period.

financing a new car Fran Marinaro

Fran Marinaro

Should you lease, or is buying the car a better decision for you? First ask yourself this: do you have a down payment available, or would you rather not have to save for a down payment? How long will you keep the car, and how far do you drive each year? These are some of the questions you have to ask yourself when deciding whether you should buy a new car, or lease it.

We caught up with Fran Marinaro, Business Manager at Hoffman Ford, Hoffman Lincoln, and the Hoffman Used Car Superstore. He’s an expert in vehicle purchase decisions. Fran says, “Roughly 20% of buyers opt for a lease, but many are just used to purchasing their car. They sometimes don’t realize the dynamics of a lease are pretty much the same as financing for a purchase. But a lot of people just like to see their name on the title.”

Fran makes an excellent point on the down payment issue as well. He tells us, ” I was recently able to save a Lincoln customer over $140/month with a leasing option over a financing payment, which would amount to about $7,200 over three years. They could put that money aside and use it as a down payment to purchase the car at the end of the lease if they wanted. It can turn into a really smart used vehicle purchasing decision. It’s all what you’re comfortable with, whether you are open to the idea of leasing.”

When to Get a New Car Loan

new car financing auto loan CT Hoffman Auto When you finance your new car purchase, your lender holds the car’s title until the loan is paid off. After that time, the car is yours to keep, sell, or trade in towards another vehicle purchase.

If you’re going to keep your car for more than 5 years, if you drive a lot of miles or it’s unpredictable how many you drive each year, you should choose buying the vehicle.

When to Consider a New Car Lease

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People like that with leasing there is no down payment. Leasing is a good option if you like to always drive the newest model vehicles and you’re certain of how many miles you’ll drive each year.

At the end of the vehicle lease, you can choose between returning the car to the dealership or buying the vehicle at its resale (“residual”) value. (And you can follow Fran’s advice about saving up the difference in the financing payment versus the leasing payment over the course of the lease, and then applying it to your purchase….).

The question you have to ask yourself is really whether you want to invest in a vehicle you’ll have for a long time and, eventually, have no car payment when it’s paid off. If you’re okay with having a car payment each month, don’t put tons of miles on your car, and like driving the latest new car models, choosing to lease the vehicle probably makes the most sense.