I would like to know what the absolute "Best" / "Top of the Line" Garmin automotive unit is right now?
It seems that Garmin isn't putting out as many new models as they used to.
Is your intent to purchase? If so you need to tell us some more about the features you desire? Perhaps review https://www.garmin.com/en-US/newsroom/press-release/automoti... and advise what you want, and what you don't want. As an example, to what extent do you want to integrate with a smartphone. I for one don't do it at all, since I don't own a smartphone nor intend to get one! Do you want capability to possibly integrate with a rear camera? Integrated dash cam? Budget?
The latest and greatest just means features, it may not suit your needs.
Probably units for trucker or the RV crowd that need to know underpass heights and special route considerations.
Garmin's current lineup of automotive GPS devices is pretty sparce. There is the Drive 52 which is an entry level model with a 5" screen, then the premium series is the DriveSmart 66/76/86 with 6", 7" and 8" screens. The DriveSmart 86 has some added features that are not included with the 66 and 76 models. Beyond that, there are the DriveCam devices which are similar to the DriveSmart units but have a built-in dash cam. And of course there are the RV and dezl series that have specific features for RV's and trucks.
For a standard automotive GPS, I still prefer my 9 year old nuvi 3597. In my opinion it is the best overall premium automotive GPS that Garmin ever made. So if I needed to get another Garmin, I would be tempted to try to find a good used nuvi 3597 that included all the original parts/accessories including the magnetic mount.
I agree, but then it's always safe to agree with alandb...just sayin'.
I have a nuvi 3597 and a DriveLuxe 51. To be honest, I have a backup second of each model, plus my older backups of backups.
Pros for the 3597: It includes a shaded map layer showing topography. Since I lived 22 years in Flagstaff AZ, the 3597 was really fun to watch (with one eye on the road) on a drive through Oak Creek Canyon, and even wilder driving AZ 64 along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Cons for the 3597: Compared to my DriveLuxe 51 which can access Galileo sats as well as the US GPS sats, it takes a while for the 3597 to see enough sats to know where it is. I will confess that I don't drive daily and maybe this isn't an issue for others. [Why drive when you can walk?]
Pros for the DL 51: As said above, it can access Galileo satellites and is ready to use more quickly than the 3597 when neither are used daily.
Cons for the DL 51: It's been reported to reboot occasionally in use and I've seen it but it's a rare event for me. There may be some inherent issue with the DriveLuxe models and I'm still trying to figure them out.
Neither the nuvi 3597 nor DriveLuxe 51 is still sold by Garmin so shopping for them will require looking towards the used/refurb market but I've had amazing success with both on eBay, as well as the commercial sites that sell Factory-refurbs.
For normal automobile use, those are my picks. I don't have any experience with the RV, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle-specific models. OK, I do have a commercial truckers Fleet 670 that I got on eBay at a ridiculously low price but that's another story.
,,, I will confess that I don't drive daily and maybe this isn't an issue for others. [Why drive when you can walk?]
...OR ride an e-bike! My city is putting a lot of development into wide multi-use side paths and trails, so I will soon be able to ride from my house and access this trail system with only about 6 blocks of street riding on quiet residential streets. From there on, it will all be on the trail system. This will give me safe biking to Walmart, Hy-Vee grocery, Menards, several coffee shops, restaurants, other local businesses and many local parks. And within another year or so this trail system will connect to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail which is a 70 mile paved trail that will be part of the Great American Rail Trail from Washington DC to Seattle, WA!
Edit: Sorry Pratzert, I didn't mean to take this off topic, but couldn't pass on CraigW's comment about an alternative to driving.
Thanks for the replies !
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