Located near the southernmost tip of Texas, Brownsville provides a ton of things to do that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of all that Brownsville has to offer, from spirited landmarks to beautiful local wildlife. Here are a few things to do in Brownsville that we recommend.
- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site: This National Historical Park preserves the battlefield from the Battle of Palo Alto, which took place on May 8, 1846. This battle was the first major conflict in the Mexican-American War. Visit the park to learn more about this oft-overlooked war in American history.
- Sabal Palm Sanctuary: The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 527-acre area that protects one of the most biodiverse habitats in the county. It contains some of the last remnants of America’s Sabal Palm forest and protects a variety of endangered species. The Sanctuary is home to the historic Rabb Plantation House, which now serves as the Sanctuary’s headquarters.
- Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: Sitting just north of Brownsville and stretching along the Gulf Coast is the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge holds remarkably diverse habitats, including wetlands, prairies, and beaches. For an educational day of wildlife watching and sightseeing, head here.
Come see us at Tipton Hyundai if your current vehicle isn’t quite up to all of this fun sightseeing.
Hyundai has unveiled an innovative new technology for hearing-impaired drivers, who usually rely on their senses of sight and touch alone, without the ability to hear car horns, sirens, and other warning sounds.
Hyundai aims to change that with its new Audio-Visual Conversion and Audio-Tactile Conversion technologies. These features sense noises like sirens from emergency vehicles. Then convert them into visual or tactile responses. Allowing the driver to respond to with the same urgency as drivers who aren’t hearing-impaired.
The Audio-Visual Conversion technology, or AVC, displays pictograms on the Head-Up Display to notify the driver of sirens or horns. It also uses colored LED lights on the steering wheel to indicate a new direction when using navigation. Since the driver cannot necessarily hear the audio directions. Audio-Tactile Conversion, or ATC, sends vibrations through the steering wheel to alert the driver.
Hyundai revealed these new technologies in its “Quiet Taxi” ad, which displays the very first hearing-impaired taxi driver in Seoul, Korea. A father of two named Daeho Lee. The heartwarming add shows Mr. Lee’s struggles at the beginning of his career as a taxi driver. Including the huge change when he’s given a Hyundai car with the ATC and AVC technology.
Mr. Lee is shown shaking his head and smiling in disbelief when he’s able to pull over instantly to get out of the way of an ambulance thanks to the steering wheel feedback, and looking amazed at the visual and tactile response alerting him to objects behind him while in reverse—things most people with normal hearing take for granted.
If you’re looking for a new car to ferry you around town, contact us at Topton Hyundai.
Hyundai recently developed a high-end EV charging system concept that can pair with autonomous vehicle technology. This system allows you to not only save money on fuel, but it also works to make driving more convenient. With features like the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), you can squeeze into even the tightest spots.
According to Hyundai, users of the future will be able to essentially pair their vehicle with a smartphone app and command it to charge. Then, the system will drive itself to a vacant wireless charging system. Once it finishes charging, it will move to another vacant spot and return to the driver when called. In short, you won’t have to worry about parking and charging again.
“The system will offer a convenience to drivers who are faced with an overcrowding of both parking and charging locations as electric vehicle numbers grow steadily. It relocates fully charged vehicles from charging stations and allow other awaiting electric vehicles to charge,” reads the Hyundai press release.
While just a concept vehicle Hyundai has recently introduced alongside Kia, the new AVPS system is just one of many things that sets this brand apart. Whether you want the latest high-tech gadgets or you’d simply like to decrease your carbon footprint, Hyundai has everything you could ever want. To learn more about its latest technology, come see the lineup at Tipton Hyundai.
It’s that time of year again! With Christmas around the corner, parents are clamoring to get their kids on Santa’s lap so they can give their wish list straight to the source. If you’re one of those parents but aren’t quite sure where to go for the best Santa experience, we’ve put together some of the best places to see Santa Claus in Brownsville.
Of course, no Santa spot is more classic than the mall. Sunrise Mall right here in Brownsville will be hosting Santa all month, from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 6pm on Sundays, and 11am to 5pm on Christmas Eve. That means you can go on whatever day is most convenient for you—and get some Christmas shopping done while you’re there!
If you’d prefer a more special holiday event, though, Brownsville has options for you. You’ll find the Holiday Village in Dean Porter Park all day every day of the week until January 1, where you can not only visit Santa but eat delicious holiday treats, listen to live Christmas music, play games, and so much more.
66th Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade
You can also see Santa at the 66th Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade, which takes place on December 3 at 7pm. See floats made by local businesses, marching bands, dancing, and music, all from local businesses and organizations.
If a new Hyundai is on your Christmas list, skip the jolly old elf and contact the team here at Tipton Hyundai.
Once again, a Hyundai vehicle has garnered a prestigious Editor’s Choice award from Car and Driver. This time, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is the recipient of this well-regarded distinction. Given the 2019 Veloster Turbo’s incredible feature set, striking style, and exhilarating powertrain, the distinction comes as no surprise, though it does reaffirm what we already knew — this bold compact is an absolute blast to drive.
Car and Driver praised the Veloster’s “stiff structure, great steering, and a well-tuned suspension” which “make it feel lovely on twisty roads.” Scott Margason, Director of Product Planning for Hyundai Motor America, noted that the award is “another proof point of Hyundai’s commitment to excellence.”
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo comes equipped with a 201-horsepower engine that generates 195 lb-ft of torque for an ultra-responsive, undeniably thrilling experience on the road. And thanks to a new multi-link rear suspension, each ride is as smooth as it is fun.
The 2019 Veloster Turbo also offers an available Infinity premium audio system, and striking infotainment display, and standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, all of which go a long way in making the 2019 Veloster Turbo exceptional fun, even at a complete standstill.
Learn more about the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster at Tipton Hyundai.
Like in all aspects of life, bad habits can be easy to fall into. When it comes to car care, though, bad habits could be doing some serious harm to your car and putting you at risk on the road. Are you guilty of any of these bad car maintenance habits? Check out this list to find out if your car could be in better shape.
Neglecting fluid checks
Most drivers know they are supposed to regularly change their car’s motor oil, but many drivers neglect to monitor and change other important fluids. You should regularly keep an eye on coolant, brake and transmission fluids, as these are all crucial to your vehicle’s overall performance. The good news is, checking up on and replenishing these fluids is easy and inexpensive.
Ignoring failing brakes
If you’ve noticed your car making a grinding or squeaking sound when you apply the brakes, don’t ignore this. This probably means your car’s brakes or brake pads need to be replaced. When dealt with early, this is a quick and easy fix, but putting it off can quickly result in the need for expensive repairs.
Driving with old air filters
Relatively few drivers remember — or even know — to routinely replace their car’s cabin and engine air filters. Since they’re inexpensive, it’s a good idea to change out your car’s air filters a couple times a year or every time you change your car’s oil. Doing so will help keep your engine running smoothly and the interior of your car comfortable.
For all your car maintenance needs, visit Tipton Hyundai.
Hyundai vehicles feature an interior designed for luxury, and many Hyundai models are comparable to much more expensive competitors. Now, the Korean automaker has unveiled a new take on interior design in its new concept. The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept sheds light on what could become the interior of the future.
The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept features a futuristic exterior that’s perfectly matched by its interior design. Instead of an instrument panel made of plastic, the concept car features leather with premium stitching.
Pure styling isn’t all that the new Hyundai concept brings to the automotive industry, though. The all-electric concept model boasts a two-way ventilation system that blows air in and around the tube architecture instead of the traditional induction heating and cooling system.
Hyundai gives a nod to old horse-drawn carriages with wool-covered seats rather than leather. The steering-wheel-mounted buttons sit under fabric for a more comfortable feel.
The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept also revolutionizes manufacturing practices. The instrument panel doesn’t require a robotic arm to be installed. Workers don’t need to bolt it into place either.
In short, the concept car’s low stance, electric powertrain, and futuristic interior create true harmony. A new cascading grille could bring a new signature look to the model.
Visit Tipton Hyundai for a closer look at the current models in Hyundai’s lineup.
Is your car prepared for the unlikely? It should be. This list will show you some of the most essential things you should have in your car in case of an emergency.
Lots of people keep jumper cable in their car, but you shouldn’t count on someone else to have them when your battery dies. They’re an inexpensive necessity, and may allow you to help someone less prepared in the future.
Bottled Water and Snacks
If you end up being stranded with a broken down car for a while, you’ll be grateful to have something to fuel your body. Dried fruit, energy bars, and trail mix make for a quick, healthy snack. Bottled water can also be good in other situations, like for cleaning off cuts.
Seat Belt-Cutter/Window Smasher Tool
This tool will be by your side in the worst case scenario, and if that day ever comes you’ll be happy to have it.
Not only should you have an ice scraper handy if you’re driving in a snowy climate, but you should also pack your car with a couple of sweaters and blankets in case you ever end up stranded on a not-so-sunny day.
If you find yourself stuck in snow, ice, or mud, this unexpected tool might be a lifesaver. Sprinkle some around your tire for enhanced traction.
Make sure your car is running as well as it should by scheduling a maintenance check at Tipton Hyundai.
Hyundai did well at the recent AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, beating out several key competitors to earn four top spots. The brand won an overall title, while the Sonata, Elantra, and Accent specifically earned awards for their respective classes.
AutoPacific is a marketing research and product-consulting company that gives out the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by looking at qualities that are important to car shoppers when they’re buying new cars. After tallying survey results from approximately 58,000 people, the AutoPacific group found that Hyundai earned the 2018 Most Satisfying Popular Brand award. The Sonata took the gold for mid-size cars; the Elantra won in the compact class; and the Accent won in the economy category, according to Hyundai.
“Hyundai has consistently improved their lineup across the board,” said George Peterson, president, AutoPacific. “This year’s VSAs were competitive, but Hyundai’s products resonate top to bottom with their customers. From reliability and quality to exceptional exterior and interior design, Hyundai cars leave consumers satisfied.”
So far, the Sonata is the best Hyundai in terms of awards, as this mid-size car has award-winning safety, top-notch technologies, and a sleek new design for this latest model year. The Elantra comes with smart features such as disc brakes, heated mirrors, and driver assist technologies, while the upscale Accent will wrap you in comfort as you drive.
Test-drive all the Hyundai award winners — Sonata, Elantra, and Accent — at Tipton Hyundai and discover which model is the right fit for you.
There’s nothing quite like a good road trip. Without proper preparation, though, the road trip you’ve been looking forward to all year can quickly run into trouble. This summer, follow these simple road trip tips and enjoy a drive you’ll never forget.
Get your car in shape
Whether you’ll be gone for a couple days or a few weeks, a road trip can be extra taxing on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to perform some maintenance on your car before you depart. In particular, be sure to check your tire pressure, alignment and tread, oil and fluid levels, and your battery. Additionally, make sure your air-conditioning system is working properly and pack some emergency items such as bottled water and nonperishable food.
Plan for the unexpected
As any seasoned road-tripper will affirm, it’s virtually inevitable that something unexpected will pop up while you’re on the road. Whether it’s an unanticipated road closure, a flat tire, or pop-up thunderstorm, it’s a great idea to have a plan B. As you plan your trip, keep in mind alternative routes and backup activities in case something falls through.
Get off the beaten path
The highway might be the quickest route, but it’s not always the most exciting. At some point, consider hopping off the highway to explore the more scenic backroads. Chances are you’ll find the most memorable driving when you get off the beaten path.
Be sure your car is road trip ready by scheduling a maintenance appointment with Tipton Hyundai.