High-end Automotive GPS Systems

If there’s any one thing that has turned “You can’t get there from here” into an endangered species, it’s the GPS. Thanks to the GPS, men don’t ever have to stop to ask for directions, because it doesn’t count if a cool piece of futuristic technology gives you those directions. Besides, with a GPS guiding you, you don’t even have to slow down, or, God forbid, stop.

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The humble GPS- saver of gas and time, ender of arguments!

But like anything else, there are many pricing levels of GPS out there. While sure, you can rely on your smart phone’s GPS if you really want to, nothing beats a gadget that’s positively dedicated to getting you from Point A to Point B with minimal fuss. Besides, not everyone has a smart phone. And if you’re going to sink money into a GPS, why not make it a good one?

So here’s a quintet of the better high-end GPS units for your consideration.

Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT

This GPS comes with a 5″ screen with WQVGA color TFT with white backlight display. It features lifetime maps and traffic updates feature. You can save up to 1,000 waypoints, locations, and favorites, and the unit comes pre-loaded with maps of North America. It’s a bargain at $175.

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

Like the 2597, this GPS has a 5″ screen, and lifetime maps and traffic updates. It comes preloaded with street-level maps of U.S., Canada and Mexico. But one feature that really distinguishes this model is that it has a built-in microphone and speaker that permits hands-free-calls when paired to a compatible Bluetooth phone. Thanks to a lot of high-profile accidents involving distracted drivers and electronic devices, this feature alone justifies the $310 price tag.

TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE

For variety’s sake, let’s explore a GPS that’s not Garmin. Once again, we’re talking about your basic 5″ screen and lifetime map and traffic updates. The TomTom GO is characterized by very accurate routing, excellent Internet connectivity, a high degree of customization, and no advertisements. The screen resolution isn’t as great as the previous two GPS, but it does feature a responsive display. Although Garmin is the dominant name in GPS units, this TomTom is a good $200 investment regardless.

Pioneer AVIC-X930BT Automobile Audio/Video GPS Navigation System

You want high-end? This is high-end. We’re talking In-dash DVD, AM/FM, CD, MP3 Multimedia Receiver, and built-in GPS Navigation, with complete map coverage of the 50 Untied States and Canada. With its $600 price tag, it brings a lot to the table for the money. It features a 6.1″ touchscreen WVGA screen, text-to-speech, and Bluetooth hands-free, provided you have a compatible phone.

Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT

Okay, time to get back down to Earth (and back to Garmin, apparently). We finish off with a model that’s a little more modestly priced at around $150. In addition to the usual screen size, lifetime maps and traffic updates, this unit has a speed limit indicator, photo navigation with geotagged photos, calculates fuel-efficient routes, and predicts your routes based on traffic history. You can customize your 3590, downloading car icons and custom voices.

And on the off-chance that this selection isn’t enough, then there’s a lot more where they came from. If you use a motorcycle to get around, then these gadgets may be of interest, and yes, that includes a GPS.

But whatever it is you drive or ride, check out these awesome bits of tech, and never wander around directionless again!

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One Response to “High-end Automotive GPS Systems”

  1. Bart

    Apr 27. 2016

    Very helpful post. Thanks a lot

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