Sunday, March 18, 2012

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TomTom XL 340TM

TomTom XL 340TM review
UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For a list of current TomTom models and their features, please see our TomTom comparison chart.

The TomTom XL 340TM adds lifetime map updates and lifetime traffic to the TomTom XL 340-S feature set, and gives you preloaded maps of the US, Canada and Mexico, a 4.3” wide-screen and text-to-speech, so you’ll hear “turn right, Oak Street,” instead of just “turn right.”

You’ll also get IQ Routes technology, which calculates the fastest route using historical traffic speed data for both the day of the week and time of day. The Advanced Lane Guidance feature provides a visual representation of highway junctions, along with lane-specific directions. Mexican map coverage includes 35% of the 31 states with detailed coverage of Mexico City and Guadalajara, the main road network and 2,431 counties.

Related units

  • Step up to the TomTom XXL 540TM to bump the screen size to 5”
  • Going the other direction, the TomTom XL 340M has the same feature set, minus the lifetime traffic feature

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Comments

  1. David Burns says:

    With the TomTom XXL340TM being a smaller screen then the XL540TM, do you know why the 340 is priced higher?

  2. The list price of the XXL 540TM is $30 higher than the XL 340TM. Maybe you’re just seeing a good deal.

  3. Mark Luhmann says:

    Do you have to have a monthly service for this to work?

    Looking to buy for a duaghter moving to another state.

  4. XXL 540TM does not have spoken street name feature.

  5. I read above that you have lifetime traffice at no additional charge or subscribtion. So does that mean that the gps is automaticially updated with new streets and such?

    Thanks.

  6. Hey Rich, how would you compare the tomtom xl 350 to the garmin 1390 lmt?
    Thanks!

    • You’ll have the usual TomTom/Garmin interface differences, though not as many as with a higher level TomTom. The 350 has the “easy menu” interface, so it’s a bit dumbed down.

      The TomTom’s biggest advantage is IQ Routes — the historical road speed database for improved routing.

      The nuvi’s biggest advantages would be the brighter screen, as well as lifetime maps and traffic.

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