Five Best Car GPS Units
If you're hitting the road this summer, you probably want a solid
Earlier in the week
we asked you which GPS units were best for your car
In addition, Garmin's ""photoReal"" feature lets you see a mockup of what the exit or road you should be on looks like so you don't get confused looking at a top down map in a maze of flyovers and overpasses. Buying a Nuvi also gets you free lifetime maps and traffic, meaning every time there's construction or changes to the landscape, you won't have to pay to update your Nuvi's maps. You'll also get live traffic reports that update every 30 seconds as you drive so you can avoid accidents, congestion, construction, or other obstacles that will slow you down. If you prefer, you can pair the Nuvi to your phone or computer via Bluetooth for updates, shared data, and more. Prices vary depending on the model you're interested in .
Even though many of you praised Tom Tom's smartphone navigation apps, others of you pointed out that the
The Tom Tom Go also supports active lane navifation, so you're warned to move to the left or right long before you need to be there to grab an exit or make a turn, and lifetime map updates so you're never without the most up to date street names and fastest routes. Prices vary depending on the model you want .
You get all of the features of other navigation devices as well: active lane assist, spoken street names, and waypoints/multi-destination routing, but you also get some interesting add-ons like guidance to nearby parking, speed limit warnings, and compatibility with your car's back-up camera. As always, prices vary depending on the screen size and model . Magellan's latest offering, the SmartGPS , is a connected GPS unit that works with your smartphone and tablet instead of competing against it, and syncs favorite locations, destinations, maps, driving directions and walking directions, social networks, and more.
An In-Dash GPS Unit
Whether it's pre-installed with your vehicle or after-market, many of you pointed out that your pick for the best car GPS is the type that's permanently installed in the vehicle. You get all the benefits of an offline GPS designed for use in a car without internet access, just already baked into your vehicle. There are pros and cons here though-often map updates are unavailable or expensive (although most can be updated manually) and the interface for many in-dash units leaves much to be desired.
Still, the ones that many vehicle manufacturers include with their luxury models come with controls wired into the vehicle, control knobs and panels on the center console or steering wheel, and touch-screens for quick address entry. If you install your own or get one installed after-market, the sky's the limit, and you can get in-dash units that pair with your phone or other devices over Bluetooth, share mobile data, and come with all sorts of other features.
Many of you nominated your
Several of you pointed to Google Maps' ability to download map data as a way to get around even if there's no mobile data service where you are. If you're traveling somewhere you don't have data, and even if offline maps don't do it for you, there are GPS apps for iOS and Android that offer complete map packs that you can use online or offline. Overwhelmingly though, your preferred GPS apps were
There you have it. Now that you've seen the top five, it's time to vote for the all out winner.
No honorable mentions this week, since the nominations were pretty solid this time around-no one just missing the mark by one or two nominations in the call for contenders thread. Still, we're sure that some of you either missed the call for contenders or just want to have your say, so let's hear your preferred options in the discussions below.
Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your personal favorite, even if it wasn't included in the list?
Remember, the top five are based on
your most popular nominations from the call for contenders thread from earlier in the week