Things to Do in Las Cruces, New Mexico: Day Trip Ideas

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico

With a new Buick or GMC model, it’s easier than ever to explore the Las Cruces area. Our extensive location page on the area has some interesting facts about the history of the city, as well as things to do. This post is about some of the many places to visit in the area, many of which can turn into mini road trips—a perfect excuse to drive a new car.

Things to do in Las Cruces are wide ranging. For the best hiking in New Mexico, make a day trip to the Soledad Canyon. This area is rife with scenic views, wildlife, flora, and more. Winding trails weave across canyons, and natural rock formations and stalactites are everywhere. You can also see the remains of indigenous and settler buildings. Rocky terrain can be treacherous in some cars, but not one of the many Buick or GMC crossovers and SUVs.

Stop by the many water tank murals in the area. This is a great activity if you’re bored and looking for something to do. You can see how local artists transform murals into stunning roadside attractions, many of which show pride in the local cities and cultures. Driving from mural to mural is also a great way to experience the city and the open road.

Finally, everyone can enjoy Art Obscura. Considered a landmark by the locals, you can see bizarre and fascinating antiques, as well as some interesting objects and technologies. This quirky gallery has many pieces for sale, but the fun lies in browsing some of the truly unique collections in the store.

New Buick Enclave Named the “Most American Car”

The Buick Enclave is the most American car around. What does that even mean? Though you might think this is just a matter of opinion, a recent survey gave the Enclave the title after testing and comparing cars across the industry, basing a decision on seven different criteria.

2016 Buick Enclave
2016 Buick Enclave – Available now at Crawford Buick GMC!

According to 24/7 Wall Street, the criteria are based on manufacturing and production—in other words, where do the parts come from, where is the car produced and assembled, and where is the research and development performed. The Enclave was named the Most American Car on the road, with more than 90% American components and research.

In addition to the Enclave, the GMC Acadia was also named one of the top three in the industry, with the Chevrolet Traverse landing at number two. In a time when the American auto market is drastically dipping, it’s refreshing to see that some automakers place importance on American jobs and manufacturing, choosing to support local and national economies rather than shipping items overseas.

Believe it or not, American-built products also reduce the carbon footprint of GMC and Buick. That’s because it takes quite a bit of fuel to ship parts and cars around the globe on ocean freighters, airplanes, and trains. By sticking to the US, these automakers are reducing fuel consumption and pollution. The manufacturing process, many environmentalists claim, is more impactful than vehicle performance on the road. In other words, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much gas mileage a car gets if it has to be shipped and constructed from parts across the globe.

Check Out Our Favorite Things to Do in El Paso This Summer

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Visit the El Paso Zoo!

Looking for fun in the sun this summer in El Paso? Luckily for you, El Paso is one of the most vibrant, cultural cities in the state, offering a long list of activities and attractions that the whole family will enjoy during the warm, summer months.

Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in El Paso:

And of course, if you’d like to spend your summer behind the wheel of a new (or new-to-you) vehicle, contact us at Crawford Buick GMC.

These Preventative Maintenance Tips Can Help You Avoid an Auto Accident

wiper bladesIf you want to get the most out of your vehicle, the best thing you can do is perform routine, preventative maintenance. Why wait until your tire goes flat or until a low oil level causes permanent damage when you can easily prevent these dangerous incidents?

Here is a simple list of preventative maintenance tips to get you started.

  • Keep a notebook in your car, and use it to detail what maintenance you have performed and when.
  • Check your tire pressure and your oil about once a month, or more, if you tend to drive on rougher roads.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rest of your vehicle fluids, and be sure to check up on them occasionally, too.
  • Don’t overlook the importance of your windshield wipers, and replace them whenever they get streaky.
  • Lastly, build a relationship with your local service department – like ours at Crawford Buick GMC – where an expert can help you out!

For more safety tips, call us or visit us anytime at Crawford Buick GMC.

Best Ice Cream Shops in El Paso

ice creamWith the weather heating up and the kids out of school, you’ll want to find the ideal ice cream shop nearby. Stop at any of these ice cream shops in El Paso for an after-dinner or midday dessert!

Bahama Buck’s

Bahama Buck’s is all about options. Not only can you get ice cream, but you’ll get to choose from tasty smoothie flavors and shaved ice too.

Marble Slab Creamery

Here, you’ll find local, unique ice cream flavors. There are seasonal flavors, too, so you’ll find the perfect flavor for the perfect (or not perfect) weather!

Menchie’s

Want a slightly healthier alternative to ice cream? Stop by Menchies for yummy, self-serve frozen yogurt.

Gufo di Milano

Come here for the classic taste of gelato. Gufo di Milano makes quality desserts, without fillers or artificial colors flavors. Plus, you’ll get plenty of fruits and nuts right in your gelato.

Sweet Corner

This place has a little bit of everything. Here, you’ll be able to get salad, sandwiches, and desert! Besides ice cream, frozen yogurt, and smoothies, you can get brownies and cupcakes!

GMC Announces 2016 Sierra Trailering Enhancements

Forget the trailering of the 2016 Sierra’s predecessors. The 2016 GMC Sierra is here with trailering enhancements that will have you at your top towing game.

Newly available features on the Sierra’s trailering system include a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system with built-in technologies.

You’ll have the gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package on the Sierra Heavy Duty models. This fifth-wheel package strengthens towing capabilities and allows you to tow even larger trailers than before.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

You can get the trailering camera system for the Sierra 1500 and all HD models. This system was developed by Echomaster and reduces blind spots when you’re driving on the highway or reversing with a trailer.

“GMC’s reputation was forged on the ability to perform heavy work with a premium touch, and these new options do more to make that work comfortable and confident,” said Stuart Pierce, Sierra Marketing  Manager.

Having these technologies not only makes the 2016 Sierra stronger than ever, but more capable, too. With these updates, you’ll be able to tow anything easier and with more peace of mind. Ask Crawford Buick GMC about these features when you pay us a visit!

Sumo Wrestler Byamba Is a GMC Precision Expert

These days, many auto makers are being extra creative in their advertising. GMC is no exception, as it has a new series of commercials called “Precisions Experts.”

In the new “GMC Precision Experts” commercial, a sumo wrestler explains his definition of precision. The sumo wrestler’s name is Ulambayar “Byamba” Byambajav, and he defines precision as the joining of form and function.

The combination of form and function makes an astonishing package, one which Byamba exemplifies. He also points out that the new 2016 Sierra 1500 Denali is a prime example of precision.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Meet the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali at Crawford Buick GMC

Both the GMC pickup and the sumo wrestler have an intense game face, which hints at the power each one has to offer. In addition, Byamba believes that precision is something that needs to happen within. He shows us that the interior of the Sierra 1500 is spacious, with room to relax as it blocks outside noise.

We at Crawford Buick GMC would not have thought of the similarities between a sumo wrestler and the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, but precision expert Byamba makes some great points! Check out the video here and then come into Crawford Buick GMC to see real-life precision in the Sierra 1500 Denali.

2017 Buick Encore Debuts with Newfound Pizzazz

2016 Buick Encore
2016 Buick Encore – Available Now at Crawford Buick GMC!

We at Crawford Buick GMC are huge fans of the Buick Encore. In fact, everyone seems to be a fan of it, as it is one of our most sought-after vehicles. It debuted in 2013 and has been a popular choice ever since.

This year is an exciting time for the Encore, as it has finally gotten a makeover! Featuring Buick’s new tricolor insignia, the new Encore has a more refined look than the previous model. It now has a new front grille, altered headlights, and an updated infotainment system.

The new 8-inch infotainment system now offers options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also better navigation systems and connectivity to more safely use your phone while driving.

The new 2017 Buick Encore debuted at the New York International Auto Show and was an instant success. The Encore will go on sale later this year, and is one of three subcompact crossovers offered by Buick. There is also the Enclave and the brand new Envision compact crossover.

For information about the new Encore or any of the Buick compact crossover vehicles, stop by Crawford Buick GMC.

How to Put Air in Tires

tiresNow that winter is over and spring has officially started, it’s time to check your tires’ air levels. Cold weather makes tire pressure fluctuate, so get yourself a good pressure gauge if you don’t have one, and follow these steps on how to put air in tires.

First, find the valve stem on the inside of the tire, uncap it, and put the end of your pressure gauge into the stem to check the pressure. If the pressure is lower than the psi suggested in your owner’s manual, you need to add air.

The easiest way to do this is to go to a gas station. Most have consoles where you can put air in your tires for a quarter. Park close to the air pump. Just like when you checked the pressure, unscrew the cap on the valve stem.

Start the machine and place the tip of the air pump into the valve stem and let the air flow in. If you hear a loud rush of air, it probably isn’t secured properly, so wiggle it around. Check the pressure as you go. When you’re done, recap the valve stems and repeat as needed on the other tires.

GMC Named KBB Most Refined Brand in 2016 Brand Image Awards

GMC was named the KBB Most Refined Brand in the non-luxury market in the 2016 Brand Image Awards, announced by the website in late March.

Kelley Blue Book determines the winners of the Brand Image Awards based on data from customers who participate in KBB’s Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch study, which surveys more than 12,000 customers through the website. The study determines what factors make customers pick certain brands or vehicles, as well as what determines brand familiarity and loyalty.

GMC has received this award three years in a row, repeatedly receiving praise for its refined design and features while maintaining rugged performance and image. The luxury Denali badging is a big part of GMC’s win, which offers luxury without compromising GMC’s image.

Denali Lineup
Current GMC Denali Lineup

In 2015, nearly a quarter of GMC sales were Denali vehicles, with the sub-brand alone outselling numerous luxury automakers. Since its introduction in 1999, more than 850,000 Denali vehicles have been sold in the US.