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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Compare Garmin nuvi models

Garmin nuvi reviewYou can compare Garmin nuvi models using the chart below, which is designed to help make sense of their myriad models. For a quick overview of the different series, you can also check out my dissecting the Garmin nuvi series post.

The links in the far left column below go to each Garmin nuvi review on our site. All listed models speak street names and include speed limit and trip log display. Discontinued nuvis are now listed in their own chart. You can also click here for descriptions and more information about various features. NEW: Click on column headers to sort chart. 


Compare Garmin nuvi models


Garmin nuvi review Maps Screen size Traffic Blue- tooth Powered mount Multi- point routing Lifetime maps Lane assist Voice command More Info
nuvi 30 48 states & US + Canada versions 3.5″ No No No No No Yes No More info
nuvi 40 48 states & US + Canada versions 4.3″ No No No No No Yes No More info
nuvi 40LM 48 states & US + Canada versions 4.3″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 42 49 states 4.3″ No No No No No Yes No More info
nuvi 42LM 49 states 4.3″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 44LM U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 50 48 states & US + Canada versions 5.0″ No No No No No Yes No More info
nuvi 50LM 48 states & US + Canada versions 5.0″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 52 49 states 5.0″ No No No No No Yes No More info
nuvi 52LM 49 states 5.0″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 54LM U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ No No No No Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 465LMT U.S. Canada 4.3″ Lifetime Yes No Yes Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 1450T U.S. Canada 5.0″ Lifetime No No Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 2350 U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Option No Yes Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 2360LT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes More info
nuvi 2455LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime No No Yes Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 2455LT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime No No Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 2460LT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes More info
nuvi 2475LT U.S. Canada Mexico Europe 4.3″ Lifetime Yes No Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 2495LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes More info
nuvi 2497LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime Yes No Yes Yes Active Yes More info
nuvi 2555LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime No No Yes Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 2555LT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime No No Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 2557LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime No No Yes Yes Active No More info
nuvi 2595LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes More info
nuvi 2597LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime Yes No Yes Yes Active Yes More info
nuvi 2757LM U.S. Canada Mexico 7.0″ No No Yes Yes Yes Active No More info
nuvi 2797LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 7.0″ Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes Active Yes More info
nuvi 3450 U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Option No Yes Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 3450LM U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Option No Yes Yes Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 3490LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime HD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes More info
nuvi 3550LM U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No More info
nuvi 3590LMT U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime HD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes More info
nuvi 3597LMTHD U.S. Canada Mexico 5.0″ Lifetime HD Yes Yes Yes Yes Active Yes More info
nuvi 3750 U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Option No Yes Yes No Yes No More info
nuvi 3790T U.S. Canada Mexico 4.3″ Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes More info

Garmin nuvi feature descriptions

  • Live traffic – It may not be quite ready for prime time, but it is improving, especially for models with HD traffic. Even so, you can expect lots of inaccurate reports as well as incidents that aren’t reported. Most pre-2013 Garmin nuvis with a T following the model number have ad-supported traffic (see reviews for screenshots). HD models and 2013 T models are ad-free.
  • Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use – Generally speaking, the sound quality has gotten much better on recent models, but check the reviews (the first column links to these) as it does vary.
  • Powered mount – The power cord plugs into the mount, rather than the GPS. That’s one less connection to fuss with when you want to use your navigator. I’m a big fan of these, especially when combined with a friction mount.
  • Multi-point (multi-destination) routing – A very nice feature, but not a critical one. If the chart says “no,” you can only enter one destination and one or two via points. This isn’t a big problem since you can easily find locations under Favorites or Recently Found.
  • Lifetime map updates – Garmin has started selling units bundled with lifetime map updates, which you can typically download quarterly. Newer models with these have an LM or LMT (the latter includes lifetime traffic) tacked onto the end of the model number.
  • Lane assist – Shows which lane you need to be in for Interstate exits and some surface streets in larger metros. An improved version, active lane guidance, was introduced on the 2013 Advanced and Prestige series.
  • Voice commands – A killer feature and it actually works pretty well on most models.

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Comments

  1. I’m thinking of buying a Garmin to replace a TomTom XL and a feature on the TT is the ability to be warned before I reach a POI I choose, such as a rest area or restaurant, and then be told how far to the next one. Will the nuvi 42LM or any other Garmin do this?

  2. John, I’m no expert on all things Garmin, even tho I’ve owned a few (currently 2797LMT), but here’s what I’ve found. If I have several POI’s on my trip, the DISTANCE displayed (if that is what you selected for the main map display) is to the next POI. After you arrive at that POI, it changes to the next POI. It doesn’t calculate the arrival to the next one until you leave the one you are at. Is that grammatically correct?? Anyway, it can’t anticipate how long you will remain (linger) at a POI. Some of the models have different lists/sets of the data available (Distance, Direction, Elevation, Arrival time, etc). You might try calling Garmin Customer Service, 1 (800) 800-1020, they have always been very helpful, easy going, Kansas City people when I have called.

  3. Thanks for the quick reply. I meant distance because nothing could calculate time as you pointed out. You may have answered my question but let me put it slightly differently. The TT has a feature called ‘Warn when near a POI’. You can select the POI and enter the number of yards(?) and you’ll get a verbal warning before the POI. For example, if I choose ‘rest areas’ and enter 4405 yards i’ll get an announcement saying ‘Rest area 2.4 miles. Next opportunity 26 miles.” That’s what I’m looking for. It’s difficult to find this type of little features for any gps brand. Thanks for the customer service number.

  4. Oh!! Not familiar with THAT feature, but it sure sounds nice. Not saying that Garmin doesn’t have it, I just never found it. I’m still finding things that are not listed in the manual, or anywhere else. Then I have a hard time finding it again when I want it. Call Garmin!!

  5. Hello there, I am wondering what do you mean by active? What is the difference between yes and active? I’m eyeing at 2797LMT and 3590LMT? I’m not sure which is one is better? I’m mainly looking for reroute traffic, 3D, lifetime update, lifetime traffic, and lane assist. Thank you in advance!

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