The GPS Store's Guide to Automotive GPS units

There are no subscription or monthly fees that are associated with the use of GPS or the GPS satellites.  However there are GPS systems that have other optional features and services that may require a subscription or monthly fee. Examples of those services are real time traffic, real time weather reports and satellite radio.

Stand Alone Navigation systems

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chartStand Alone Navigation systems have the ability to give verbal turn-by-turn directions without the need to be constantly connected to a PC.   These units come Pre-loaded with detailed maps for different regions of the North America and Europe.  These units will provide spoken turn-by-turn directions as well as visual prompts to any address or Point of Interest that is located in the detailed maps that have been loaded to the unit's memory. Below we have broken down the units into several categories that help group the units that have similar features.

Advanced Navigation Systems- Advanced vehicle navigation systems are units that have additional features to the standard pre-loaded maps and voice directions. These units generally have detailed maps of North America, Text to Speech Routing which verbally speaks the name of the street that you are turning onto and an extensive amount of POIs. Other features that you will find in some of these models will be Bluetooth technology, real-time traffic capability and Lifetime Map Updates.

Garmin Nuvi 42- Affordable 4 inch screen GPS with all the key features like voice turn by turn directions with Real Voice, lane assist with junction view, and a speed limit indicator. You can also purchase this unit with Lifetime map updates, Nuvi 42LM
Garmin Nuvi 44- the Garmin Nuvi 44 is preloaded with maps of the U.S and Canada and many customer favorites such as Lane assist with Junction View, Text to Speech Routing, Speed Limit indicator. You can also purchase this unit with Lifetime map updates, Nuvi 44LM
Garmin Nuvi 52- Affordable 5 inch screen GPS with all the key features like voice turn by turn directions with Real Voice, lane assist with junction view, and a speed limit indicator. You can also purchase this unit with Lifetime map updates, Nuvi 52LM
Garmin Nuvi 54- Affordable 5 inch screen GPS with the same feature set as the Nuvi 52 with expanded map coverage of Canada. You can also purchase this unit with Lifetime map updates, Nuvi 54LM
Garmin Nuvi 2457LMT- 4.3 inch automotive navigator offering upscale features at a low end price. The Up Ahead feature displays nearby services info including restaurants, stores, hospitals and fuel stations alongside your map and updates as you drive. The improved low profile mount attaches from behind causing less distraction so that you can keep your eyes where they’re supposed to be while in route. Not to forget, the map and traffic updates are at no cost to you for the life of your GPS and with all of the road and POI changes that are being made today you don’t want to navigate an unfamiliar area with out of date maps. 
Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT- Large 5.0” dual orientation display, Lifetime Maps, Guidance 2.0 with 3D traffic and Photo-real junction view with lane assist. This advanced unit offers it all at an affordable price. With a simple user interface and spoken turn by turn directions, you’ll never have a problem finding where you need to go and getting there on time.
Garmin Nuvi 2557LMT- Large 5” dual orientation touchscreen display. FREE lifetime maps and traffic keep your unit up to date and keep you notified of any unexpected traffic delays. Add to that active lane guidance and birds eye junction view. 
Magellan RoadMate 5255T- LM- With a generous 5" Display, free lifetime maps and traffic updates, the RoadMate 5255T-LM is a great unit for any driver. The Landmark Guidance is a very useful feature when you’re venturing through or around a new city. It would surely be a great advantage to hear “Turn Left at Burger King onto Dairy Street?” You can also purchase this unit with bundled with a Wireless Back Up Camera, Roadmate 5255TLMB Back Up Bundle.  
Garmin Nuvi 2757LM- 7” GPS navigator with Preloaded maps of North America with Lifetime Map updates. Offering Garmin RealVoice with Real Directions as well as Lane Assist with Birds Eye junction view. 

Elite Navigation - The systems that appear in the Elite section are units that are on the higher end of the GPS Spectrum and offer Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic, text to speech routing as well as some if not all of the following features: Dual Orientation display giving you the option to view your driving directions in portrait or lanscape, Voice Activation allowing you to speak commands to your GPS and Bluetooth capabilities helping to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road ahead.

Garmin Nuvi 2497LMT- Garmin’s voice activated 4.3” GPS navigator. The 2497 LMT includes lifetime maps and traffic, Lane Assist with Birds Eye Junction view and is Bluetooth and Smartphone link compatible. 
Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT- Look no further if you’re looking for a top of the line navigation system with a bright 5 inch dual orientation display that’s perfect for walking or driving, and features like Garmin Guidance 2.0, Voice Activated Navigation, and 3D Traffic. 
Magellan SmartGPS- SmartGPS features Internet connectivity, providing access to dynamically updating navigation information and traffic conditions, weather updates, Fuel Prices and more for on-the-go travel assistance. Preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico simplify navigation and make your travelling experience much more enjoyable. 
Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT- 5” dual orientation display the Nuvi 2597LMT includes preloaded maps of North America, Lifetime Maps & Traffic, Voice Activated navigation, Bluetooth, Smartphone Link. 
Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD- The sleek design and lightening fast operation of the 3597LMTHD cant be missed. Loaded with Guidance 3.0 and HD Digital Traffic which provides a more advanced traffic system updating 4-10x faster than regular traffic systems and added Bluetooth, voice recognition, and Lifetime map updates. 
Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT- Garmin’s first 7” Nuvi. Voice Activated and Preloaded with Maps of North America. The 2797LMT is packed full of features such as Lifetime Map and Traffic updates, Garmin Real Directions with Real Voice, Active Lane Guidance. 

Truck Navigation - The systems that are located in the Truck section are units that are designed especially for RV's or Trucks. With specialty features that give you the ability to customize your routes based on your Truck or RV's specs. Enter the vehicles length, width, weight and height and these GPS units will be sure to keep you on the right track and on roads that you are allowed to be on.Available in a variety of screen sizes there is sure to be a unit that's right for you.

Garmin Dezl 560LMT- Trucking has been taken to a new level with the Dezl 560LMT. The large 5” color display will allow you to better access to retain info and track your trips and includes lifetime maps & traffic, Lane Assist and will even operate as a display for your backup camera with the external video input. Truck and R.V.’ers everywhere are going to want this unit.  
Magellan RoadMate 9365T-LMB- The perfect companion for any RV or Truck. This large 7” display with one touch technology offers landmark Guidance, free lifetime maps & traffic alerts, Bluetooth technology, and Good Sam Trailer Life Directory included.
Magellan RoadMate 9270T-LM- The RoadMate 9270T LM give you unprecedented viewing angles from anywhere in your truck’s cab. l. Start helping to manage your fleet and help it operate more efficiently by using the Multiple Driver Login’s, Truck Specific Routes, and customizable truck dimensions with hazardous materials restrictions that come standard on this unit.
Garmin RV 760LMT- The large 7" display will lead the way to addresses, POI's, RV specific services, and campgrounds. With voice recognition and Bluetooth the RV 760 has hands free operation. 
Garmin Dezl 760LMT- Garmin's first 7"display Truck/RV GPS Unit. Offering Lifetime maps and Traffic along with customizable routes based on your vehicle's specs (height, weight, length, width & hazardous materials.) Along with Truck friendly POI's & service areas.

Motorcylce Navigation -. The units in this category come preloaded with Maps of North America, provide turn-by-turn directions, offer a glove friendly touch screen and are enclased in a rugged and waterproof housing perfect for the open road.

Garmin Zumo 390LM- Made for bikers by bikers, Top of the line motorcycle GPS unit that is a must have for any motorcycle enthusiast. Offering you all the same features of the 350LM plus the tire pressure monitor capability and Bluetooth communications for handsfree calling. 
Garmin Zumo 660LM- This is the perfect unit for anyone who owns a motorcycle. A bright, sunlight viewable touch screen that is glove friendly makes entering addresses easier than ever. 3-D buildings, lane assist, and junction views are just some of the features you will find in this unit. 
Garmin Zumo 665LM- A glove friendly 4.3” touch screen make this unit easy to enter in waypoints and navigate yourself around an unfamiliar area. Included with every Zumo 665 is an XM antenna so you can add XM radio, weather, and traffic to your Zumo 665.This unit also has Bluetooth compatibility, and has an SD expansion slot so you can add maps to your 665LM Zumo. 

Europe Navigation - The systems that are located in the Europe Navigation category include detailed maps and points of interest for both North America and Europe. There are systems that represent our entry level, advanced and fully loaded categories. These systems are great for users that often travel to Europe.

Garmin Nuvi 2577LT- Preloaded maps of North America and Europe will display in vivid color on the large 5” dual orientation display. The Unit also features lifetime traffic and voice activation.