Sunday, March 18, 2012

Top 10 Bestselling Automotive GPS

Whether you’re looking for a great automotive GPS for that special someone or simply wanting to get one for yourself, this list features some of the most popular and most purchased GPS devices available, using Amazon’s statistics. It’s worth noting that the devices may vary slightly from day-to-day, but since this list is generated in December—when most people buy electronics—it is probably pretty accurate. The prices displayed are before any relevant discounts which, of course, Amazon nearly always offers on GPS products.

1. Garmin Nuvi 57LM

nuvi-57lmtBuy on Amazon (regular price $149.99)

This rather affordable device is one of the more simple GPS devices Garmin offers. As you can tell from the name, the device includes lifetime map updates—a standard in today’s GPS devices. Other Garmin features include Real Directions, which uses street names and landmarks; Up Ahead, which shows nearby food and gas stations; preloaded Foursquare data; Lane Assist with Junction View; and School Zone Warnings, to name a few.

At the time of writing, the price of this awesome device was discounted by around 40% to $89.99.

2. TomTom VIA1535TM

tomtom-via-1535tmBuy on Amazon (regular price $119.99)

This device is listed as not only #2 in automotive, but also #1 in powersport GPS units. As the name implies, it comes with lifetime maps and traffic. Other features include voice recognition, hands-free Bluetooth calling, advanced lane guidance, preloaded POIs, TomTom’s roadside assistance, and IQ resistance. It is a little surprising that this device made it to the Top 10 as it’s actually an older device and was released in 2011. The updated version of this device, the TomTom 1515TM, is also on this list (see #9).

At the time of writing, the price of this device has been discounted by 25% to $89.99.

3. Garmin Nuvi 2589LMT

nuvi-2589lmtBuy on Amazon (regular price $229.99)

There are actually several different versions of this device which have slightly different features. However, the version that has made our list is the 5 inch device with Bluetooth and voice control. As the name implies, it also comes with lifetime maps and traffic. Other Garmin features include Free Lifetime Traffic Avoidance, to see where delays are; Up Ahead, to see gas and food nearby; Active Lane Guidance, Smartphone compatibility; Garmin Real Directions; and compatibility to add a wireless backup camera, to name a few.

At the time of writing, Amazon did not have this in stock, but the listed price was discounted by 43% to $129.99.

4. TomTom VIA 1515M

tomtom-via-1515mBuy on Amazon (regular price $119.99)

This popular TomTom device is so popular, it is on this list twice. This version features lifetime map updates (at least four a year) and a 5 inch touchscreen display with split screen junction view. The device focuses on ease of ues and features Map Share, IQ Routes for faster travel, pre-loaded POIs, Lane Assist, and spoken street names so you won’t miss a turn.

At the time of writing, this device was discounted by 29% to $84.99.

5. Dinly 7 inch Car GPS

dinlyBuy on Amazon (regular price $66.99)

Of all of the devices on the list, I have to say this one surprised me the most. Unlike the others, which are from larger recognizable companies, this GPS device is definitely an outlier. However, it has extremely  mixed reviews, and from what it looks like, the device is basically just a smartphone that is dedicated to GPS. There aren’t any specific GPS-related features listed, although it does come with an 8 GB memory card and free map updates. Personally, I’ve never even heard of this, so I would definitely do your research before purchasing.

At the time of writing, this device was in stock, and not discounted.

6. Garmin Nuvi 55LMT

nuvi-55lmtBuy on Amazon (regular price $139.98)

This is an upgraded version of the Nuvi 55, and it features lifetime maps and traffic updates. Additionally, the device features the sorts of things you’d expect on a Garmin device including a bright 5 inch dual-orientation display, touchscreen navigation, Lane Assist with Junction View, School Zone Warnings, Up Ahead to show nearby locations, quick search, and Garmin Real Voice, which sounds more like a human when giving directions than most devices.

At the time of writing, the device was in stock and not discounted. Used devices could be purchased for $116.94, however.

7. Garmin Nuvi 57LMT

Buy on Amazon (regular price $169.99)

This Garmin nuvi device is extremely popular—so much so that it’s actually on our list twice! Unlike the bestselling version at the top of the page, this device is slightly upgraded and features lifetime traffic updates so that users can see where the current slowdowns are and avoid as much of it as possible. Additionally, the device supports a backup camera. Other Garmin features include Real Directions, which uses street names and landmarks; Up Ahead, which shows nearby food and gas stations; preloaded Foursquare data; Lane Assist with Junction View; and School Zone Warnings.

At the time of writing, there were only about 20 devices left in stock, and they were discounted 21% to $133.81.

8. Garmin Nuvi 67LMT

nuvi-67lmtBuy on Amazon (regular price $199.99)

This device is actually very similar to the above device, however it is simply a more recent version. The device features a 6 inch screen with dual-orientation display, a high-sensitivity receiver, preloaded maps with lifetime updates, and lifetime traffic updates to avoid the snarls. Other features include Lane Assist with Junction Views, Foursquare POIs, Garmin Real Directions, and School Zone Warnings. The device is also compatible with some backup cameras.

At the time of writing, the device was temporarily out of stock, but the price was discounted by 40% to $119.99

9. TomTom VIA 1515TM

tomtom-via-1515tmBuy on Amazon (regular price $139.99)

This device is a top-of-the-line version in the 1515 series and features many of the same features as some of the lower devices. Other features include IQ routes, which provide faster routes; Map Share, which provides daily map updates; free lifetime traffic and map updates; 5 inch screen; split screen views so you don’t miss an exit; an integrated mount so it attaches easily to the windshield or dash; and preloaded POIs. Easily the coolest feature is the constantly-updated maps which might just make this device pay for itself when on the road.

At the time of writing, the device was discounted by 21% to $109.00.

10. Garmin Nuvi 2699LMTHD

nuvi-2699lmthdBuy on Amazon (regular price $269.99)

Much like the above device, this is the top-of-the-line version of the nuvi 2699 series. This device features a 6 inch pinch-to-zoom display with dual orientation, and as the name implies, lifetime maps and lifetime free HD traffic. It comes with Bluetooth and voice control and features other features like Up Ahead, Active Lane Guidance, Direct Access, and Garmin Real Directions. It is also compatible with smartphones and wireless backup cameras.

At the time of writing, the device was discounted 26% to $199.92.

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