UPDATE: The nuvi 2×5 series has been officially discontinued. For current recommendations, see our auto GPS buyers guide.
The Garmin nuvi 255 is one of Garmin’s entry level navigators and, like the rest of the nuvi 2×5 series, it is loaded with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. Before we get into those though, let’s look at the basics.
The 255 sports a 3.5″ touch screen and includes pre-loaded maps of the U.S. and Canada. It also has text-to-speech, so you’ll hear “drive one-half mile, then turn left on Oak Street.” instead of just “drive one-half mile, then turn left.”
Step up to the nuvi 255W, and you’ll get the same feature set on a
wide 4.3″ screen
- Going the other direction, dropping down to the nuvi 205, you’ll lose text-to-speech and maps of Alaska
I’ve been very impressed with the nuvi 2×5 series, which I dubbed the best entry-level GPS on the market in my hands-on review of the nuvi 205W. Check it out for a full list of the features found on the 2×5 series, including the nuvi 255.
More Garmin nuvi 255 reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 255 reviews are being posted at GPS Now
- User-written Garmin nuvi 255 reviews have also been posted at Amazon
- GPS Lodge has posted a nuvi 255 review
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin nuvi 255 resources
- A PDF version of the Garmin nuvi 255 owners manual
- Confused about so many models and choices? Use this Garmin nuvi comparison tool or check out my own Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- The official Garmin nuvi 255 web page.
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- A video demo of the Garmin nuvi 255:
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