UPDATE: A newer 3.5″ trans-Atlantic unit, the Garmin nuvi 275T, has recently been introduced.
UPDATE 2: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.
The Garmin nuvi 270 is the transatlantic offering in Garmin’s new entry-level nuvi lineup. Equipped with a 3.5″ screen, the nuvi 270 includes pre-loaded maps of the U.S., Canada and Europe (see coverage map below). Other units in the 200 series have less extensive coverage; the nuvi 200 has maps of all 49 continental United States, while the nuvi 250 offers all 50 states and Canada.
Garmin continues to improve its nuvis; the 200 series units are a little thinner, thanks to an internal antenna, rather than the flip-up type found on previous nuvis.
Garmin nuvi 270 European map coverage
Assuming that you’re after European maps, you have a couple of other options. Step up to the nuvi 370 and you’ll get Bluetooth for hands free cell phone use, an MP3 player, live traffic info and a unit that calls out the street names on upcoming turns – so you’ll get “turn left on North Main Street in 500 feet” rather
than just “turn left in 500 feet.” Garmin’s other transatlantic model, the nuvi 670, adds an FM transmitter to stream directions, music and cell phone conversations over your car stereo, and bumps the screen size to a wide 4.3″. The latest, the nuvi 770, adds even more features. To compare other nuvi models, check out our Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
More Garmin nuvi 270 reviews
- The first consumer written Garmin nuvi 270 reviews have been posted at GPS Now.
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 270 reviews are also being posted at Amazon.
- Cnet gives a 7.7 out of 10 rating in their Garmin nuvi 270 review, and a consumer review has been posted there too.
- A GPS, NUVI 270, CITY NAVIGATOR NORTH
review has been posted at TheNerds.net.
- And a Garmin nuvi 270 Portable Automotive GPS System with Transatlantic Maps
review has been posted at TigerGPS too.
- PC Mech reviews the Garmin nuvi 270.
- Since the nuvi 270 is so similar to other models in the nuvi 200 series, it may be helpful to read our compilation of nuvi 200 and nuvi 250 reviews.
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some additional…
Garmin nuvi 270 resources
- Confused about so many models of GPS receivers? Try the Garmin mobile GPS comparison tool.
- Or check out our own Garmin nuvi comparison char.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- Going further than Europe? Check out my post on other international maps for your Garmin GPS.
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- The official Garmin nuvi 270 web page
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