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.

Best Places to Get Dessert in El Paso

We at Crawford Buick GMC love dessert, and El Paso offers some of the best sweet treats in Texas. If you’re looking for the best place to get dessert in El Paso after a stressful day or big dinner, we have some suggestions.

  • V & G Ice Cream & Coffee Parlor: Nothing beats the cool, creamy treat of old-fashioned ice cream after a hot El Paso day. Their banana splits are some of the best, but if you prefer something else, you have dozens of other flavor options.
  • Hana Banana: This up-and-coming El Paso chain has three locations in the area which serve a variety of smoothies, waffles, and crepes—most drizzled in rich chocolate. Indulge by ordering a slice of cheesecake topped with ice cream and wrapped in a crisp pastry.
  • Gufo Di Milano: Known for its all-natural, old-fashioned gelato in flavors like toasted almond and ginger cream, this upscale eatery also offers hearty servings of Italian dishes like paninos and crepes paired with specialty coffee drinks.
  • DirtyMouth Cupcakes: Beautiful to look at and scrumptious to eat, these specialty cupcakes will change the way you think about baked goods. Ever had a French Toast & Bacon cupcake? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
  • Popcorn Extravaganza: Make your dessert salty-sweet by mixing some of these incredibly-flavored popcorn varieties together. Go with pre-mixed suggestions or make your own combination—you’ve got over 50 to choose from!

GMC Sierra 1500 Named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion

We at Crawford Buick GMC know that it takes a tough truck to earn the title of Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion. The truck that took home the award this year is the GMC Sierra 1500 SLT with the available 6.2-ltier V8 engine.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 SLT performed the best in head-to-head capability tests with a variety of objectives. These took place in Texas and were conducted by editors for PickupTrucks.com, Cars.com, and MrTruck.com.

The other trucks in the competition included the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra—all of which the 1500 SLT beat.

The Sierra offers a max trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, with an engine of 420 horsepower and 460lb-ft. Even with the powerful engine and towing ability, it still ranked first in fuel economy with a trailer.

Judges praised the Sierra for effortless performance with the most powerful gas engine. “This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor.

GMC trucks are powerful vehicles, capable, and refined. Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce stated that the craftsmanship is bold styling so that the “the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

Come to Crawford Buick GMC to see for yourself why the Sierra was named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion.

GMC Canyon & Sierra Earn KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards

Two GMC models have been recognized in KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards, including the GMC Canyon and Sierra. This is the second consecutive time the two models are ranked in the top 10.

“A vehicle’s resale value is of critical importance, because a vehicle with high resale value will typically be less expensive to own over time than a similar vehicle with poorer resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director of Kelley Blue Book.

The 2016 GMC Canyon was ranked 3rd in the Best Resale Value Awards, with a projected resale value of 70.7% after three years and of 59.5% after five years. The 2016 GMC Sierra was projected to retain 57% of its value after three years and 48% after five. KBB.com’s projections are derived from current vehicle and sales data, market conditions, competition within segments, and expectations of the future economy.

2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Canyon

Unless you intend to drive your vehicle until it literally falls apart beyond repair, these projections give you a good idea of the kind of value you can get back from your GMC Canyon or Sierra several years down the line. And, they’re already a great deal at Crawford Buick GMC before taking resale value into account!

Buick’s Annual Sales Surpass 1.2 Million Vehicles for 3rd Consecutive Time

For the third consecutive year, Buick set a new global sales record on sales of more than 1.2 million vehicles.

Last year’s record was 1,170,115 total vehicles, which was surpassed in mid-December thanks to record sales in China and strong crossover performances in the United States.

In the US, crossover sales increased by 3% across the industry. A whopping 40% of all new vehicles sold in the country are crossovers. The automaker has been tapping into that expanding market with capable vehicles like the Encore and Enclave, which together accounted for 60% of the Buick’s annual sales in the US. In fact, the Encore has been setting record sales for the last 23 straight months.

Sales are expected to continue rising throughout 2016 at Crawford Buick GMC. We anticipate  the arrival of the Cascada convertible and the new 2017 LaCrosse, as well as the all-new Envision compact crossover that has been all the rage in China.

2016 Buick Lineup