The Best Beaches Near Brownsville

Beaches Near Brownsville | Texas

As the weather continues to warm up, you may find yourself dreaming of sunny days spent at the beach. Here in Texas, we have a wide variety of beaches to choose from. Whether you want to sunbathe, or perhaps spend the day at the beach with your Ford, here are a few local beaches near Brownsville we at Tipton Ford suggest visiting.

Boca Chica Beach

Boca Chica Beach is located right between Boca Chica State Park and Brazos Island State Park. If you want to drive here, you will need a Texas OHV decal, which costs $8. This beach offers public ATV riding, swimming, surfing, fishing, and even primitive camping.

Andy Bowie Beach Park

Andy Bowie Beach Park has plenty of room for lounging, and an entire beach of hard-packed sand to relax on. It’s an ideal spot for playing beach games or for a stroll through the waves. Food is available onsite, but packing your own is also an option.

Isla Blanca Park Beach

Isla Balance Park Beach has more of a touristy vibe, but it’s still a great place to visit. Here, you can go parasailing or jet skiing. Be sure to bring your fishing gear to fully appreciate the long jetty.

Whether you are planning to stay or just passing through, you’re sure to find plenty of summer fun in Brownsville, Texas. When you’re in the area, be sure to pay us a visit at Tipton Ford.

Reasons Why We Love Brownsville, TX

Reasons Why We Love Brownsville, TX

Tipton Ford is proud to be a member of the Brownsville, TX, community. These are our favorite things about Brownsville.

Delicious Food: Brownsville, TX, is situated in a hub of delicious food. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, Mi Pueblito and The Vermillion are excellent local spots to grab some authentic grub. For date night, Madeira offers a romantic ambiance and delicious dishes for sharing.

Great Weather: Thanks to Brownsville’s location in southern Texas by the Gulf of Mexico, we can enjoy summer-like temperatures all year long. While winter’s punishing cold is exacted on most of the United States, Brownsville residents enjoy sunshine and average temperatures in the 70s.

Fun Activities: Brownsville, TX, is a great place to enjoy activities with the whole family. We love to visit Boca Chica State Park beach, the Gladys Porter Zoo, and the Children’s Museum of Brownsville with our families.

Community Events: If the dozens of local attractions aren’t enough, Brownsville is also home to several annual community events. Charro Days is one such example. This multi-cultural event held in October is a four-day fiesta with several parades, a ball, and a 5K run.

Without a doubt, our favorite part of the Brownsville, TX community is the incredible group of customers we serve at Tipton Ford.

Mustang Mach-E Performance Blends Excitement with Electricity

Mustang Mach-E | Brownsville, TX

For the first time in 55 years, Ford has added a new model to the Mustang family: the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.

This addition to the Mustang lineup is an all-electric SUV that boasts the same standards of style and performance to be expected in the famous sports coupe. The striking Mustang-inspired design will set the Mustang Mach-E apart from other SUVs. A long, coupe-like hood and bold headlights make a strong first-impression.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E meets the all-electric innovations of the future while maintaining the all-American spirit of the Mustang coupe.

The Mustang Mach-E will deliver a confident all-electric ride as well as thrilling performance. The SUV should deliver an impressive range when equipped with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive. A Performance Edition will emphasize the influence of the Mustang, and will deliver around 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.

The new Mustang Mach-E will also bring new in-cabin features in addition to its impressive capability. This model will debut the next-generation SYNC® infotainment system, which has machine learning capabilities that memorize the driver’s preferences, and will use over-the-air updates. The system is displayed on a 15.5-inch screen with an intuitive and simple interface and smartphone-like pinch and swipe touch-screen controls.

If you’re interested in the Mach-E, contact Tipton Ford to learn how you can order yours.

Ford F-150 Raptor: Coil Spring Suspension

F-150 Raptor Coil Spring Suspension | Brownsville, TX

One of the oldest automotive designs still in use today is the leaf spring suspension. It is currently used on the Ford F-150 and is known for its simplicity and effectiveness. However, recently, a Ford F-150 Raptor prototype was spied using a coil spring suspension.

According to Automotive News, Ford will not confirm if F-150 Raptor coil spring suspension will be a thing in the future. Coil spring suspension systems are more complex than leaf spring suspensions and often offer superior off-road performance, which would be a great addition to the F-150 Raptor.

A coil spring suspension can help give a truck a smoother, less bouncy ride. It is often the preferred choice for high-performance trucks and is a newer addition to the automotive industry. It first appeared on pickup trucks during the 1960s.

Another benefit to coil spring suspension systems is that they lend themselves well to customization with additions like sway bars and stiffer springs. You will almost always see them on highly-modified off-road trucks.

As for the current leaf spring suspension system, it still delivers trusted performance that can withstand heavy loads and is less expensive to install and maintain than a coil spring suspension. Leaf spring suspensions are the preferred setup for normal, on-road driving.

Whether you like to drive on or off road, Tipton Ford has the perfect Ford truck for you.

Get Ready for Adventure with the Ford Bronco Return

Ford Bronco Return | Brownsville, TX

Set to debut in 2020, the iconic Ford Bronco is getting ready to rock your world. Since the vehicle hasn’t been officially revealed, not much is known about this upcoming boxy, rugged vehicle. However, there are plenty of rumors involving new features and updates for the Ford Bronco return.

Regarding its powertrain, rumors suggest that the Bronco will share the Ranger’s 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Speculation also posits that the Bronco will eventually gain an available manual transmission, a V6 engine, and a hybrid variant.

When it comes to its adventure-ready engineering, the Bronco has even more tricks up its sleeve. Reports indicate that the vehicle will boast removable doors, as well as a removable top. With its open-air design, the Bronco is the perfect vehicle for soaking up the sun, getting in touch with nature, and maybe even enjoying some muddy off-road fun.

So far, it looks like the Bronco is on track for a late-2020 release. It’s set to be built in America, at the Wayne, Michigan Ford Assembly Plant.

When the Bronco arrives, you’ll be able to find it at Tipton Ford. Until then, stop by our dealership to check out all of the other off-road-capable Ford models on our lot.

Ultra High-Strength Steel in Ford Models Make Them as Strong as Military Tanks

High-Strength Steel in Ford Models | Brownsville, TX

Ford is famous for building the toughest vehicles to handle even the most difficult jobs. Now the automaker has taken strength to a new level, developing an ultra high-strength steel manufacturing process that creates materials that are literally stronger than railroad tracks and military tanks.

In creating the roof rails for the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford developed a new forming approach known as 3D Roll and Sweep. Basically, the process roll-forms the material into a tube and then bends it into a unique shape. The process is less costly than the former hydroforming process and more than twice as strong.

The high-strength steel in Ford models also allows for increased space inside the vehicle and an overall reduction in weight, enhancing comfort and performance.

Steel as strong as a military tank isn’t the only reasons why the new Ford vehicles are safer than before, though. New Ford models feature a huge array of advance safety technologies that let you drive with total confidence. Features like Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Blind Spot Information System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Evasive Steering Assist all work in tandem to keep you safe no matter the conditions on the road.

Find the strong 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Ford Explorer here at Tipton Ford.

The Ford Ranger Is for Families

Ford Ranger is for families | Brownsville, TX

Pickup trucks have long been the epitome of hard work. However, more and more families across the country are choosing trucks as their family vehicles. That’s why Ford engineers incorporated innovative features to make the Ranger especially great for families.

One of these features, called Belt Monitor, is designed to let the driver know how many back-seat passengers are bucked. It also gives you a warning if any seats are unbuckled and shows which seat it was. This can be helpful for parents of young children who might not fully understand the importance of keeping their seatbelts buckled.

Ford electrical engineer Paul Kula designed this technology. He said to the Detroit Free Press, “I have been working on this for approximately four to five years. We have had customer feedback with regards to understanding who is buckled up. Children like to play with things, and they realize how to unbuckle their seat belts quite early.”

In addition to the Belt Monitor feature, the Ranger is available with a spacious Crew Cab that makes it easy to fit child car seats into the backseat. For extra family safety, all Ranger models include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Ford Ranger is for families, and Tipton Ford cares about your family. Bring them to try out the 2019 Ranger here.

1.2 Billion Plastic Bottles Used in Ford Vehicles Every Year

plastic bottles used in ford vehicles | Tipton Ford | Brownsville, TX

The consumption of single-use plastics such as water bottles has grown to around 526 billion bottles a year, or a million bottles a minute. The problem is that most of them end up in landfills, waterways, or fragile ecosystems like the Pacific Ocean.

The auto industry has increased its use of recycled plastics for vehicle parts exponentially, and Ford is one of the leaders in utilizing recycled materials. Currently, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles a year for underbody shields, averaging around 250 bottles per vehicle.

Aerodynamic efficiency has become a large focus for current vehicle designs, creating the need for underbody shields. The use of a solid plastic to protect the underbody, engine bottom, and front and rear wheel wells would add too much weight to the vehicle. Recycled plastic bottles, shredded and melted into a fiber and then mixed with other textile fibers, creates a tough, lightweight material. It meets the robust specifications that Ford requires for durability and performance. And, it creates a quieter ride.

Overall, the use of recycled plastic bottles used in Ford vehicles not only makes sense economically and fits the needs of Ford vehicles technically, but has the added benefit of protecting the environment from further damage from plastic waste.

Tipton Ford is proud to carry many Ford models that utilize recycled plastic bottles in their components. To see the latest smartly designed Ford cars, visit Tipton Ford.

Ford Mustang is Still the Best-Selling Sports Coupe in the World

Best-Selling Sports Coupe | Brownsville, TX

At Tipton Ford, April 17th, National Mustang Day, is one of our favorite holidays. This year, National Mustang Day marked the 55th anniversary of the Mustang and the fourth consecutive year that the Mustang has been deemed the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

According to data collected by the IHS Markit, the Mustang sold 113,066 cars in 2018, with sales worldwide from Australia to South America. Last year, the iconic sports car was available for sale in 146 different countries. Over the past four years, since 2015, Ford has sold over 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs across the globe.

Not only did April 2019 mark the fourth year in a row that the Mustang has been the best-selling sports coupe in the world, it also marked its fourth year as the best-selling sports car in the United States. Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs in the states in 2018

The excellent sales over the past year have increased the market share of the Mustang in its sports car segment by 15.4 percent. This impressive success is in part thanks to the Mustang Bullitt. The iconic edition of the pony car has been a global success, and Ford has sold 25 percent more of this model than expected.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford Mustang at Tipton Ford.

Things To Do in Harlingen, Texas

2019 Ford EcoSport | Tipton Ford | Harlingen, TX

Harlingen, Texas is located just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a beautiful place to live, and it’s packed with culture, history, and things to do and see. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Harlingen.

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

This museum honors the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the U.S. Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan in 1945. Pay what you can as a donation to step inside the museum and watch the educational video, and then check out the large sculpture that served as the original model for the statue now located in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

If you’re visiting Harlingen on a nice day, you can’t miss the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. This beautiful sanctuary is made up of 55 acres of woods, and features walking trails, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching.

World Birding Center

Harlingen is home to one of nine sites located in the Rio Grande Valley that make up the World Birding Center. At the Harlingen Arroyo Colorado location, you can expect to see Olive Sparrows, Long-billed Thrashers, Groove-billed Ani, and the endangered Red-crowned Parrots.

Make sure your car is ready to handle all your adventures in Harlingen — schedule a maintenance check at Tipton Ford.