Top-rated GPS systems for your summer road trip

Top-rated GPS systems for your summer road trip

July 4th, 2013

New Magellan GPS Catches Up With Smartphones By Dan Kricke

If there’s one thing that will put a damper on your summer road trip, it’s getting lost along the way. So instead of ending up on winding highway you never thought existed, try using a GPS navigation system. With the right device, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost again. Here are a few of our favorites.

Magellan SmartGPS ($229.95)

The Magellan SmartGPS features a 5 inch touchsceen display, giving you plenty of screen to help your navigation. It also features “Landmark Guidance” — instead of telling you to “turn right at Shady Lane”, Magellan can tell you to “turn right at McDonalds.” Magellan is also cloud enabled and syncs with Yelp and Foursquare reviews, so you’ll know the best places to stop when you’re looking for a break from the road. You can pick up the Magellan SmartGPS from The GPS Store where you’ll get free shipping on orders over $100.

Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT GPS receiver ($210.09)

If i’m being totally honest, the Nuvi 3490LMT is my GPS of choice. It features lifetime traffic and map updates, so you’ll always be headed down the correct roads. The 4.3 inch display is not as big as the 5 inch on the Magellan, but it’s still large enough to help you see where you’re going. The Nuvi also features a voice recognition system that lets you navigate hands free with the correct commands. It’s available from Walmart at a 40 percent discount off the retail price, and you’ll get 2.5 percent Cash Back as well.

TomTom VIA 1605TM ($159.99)

Even the “budget model” of our three choices here packs a ton of great features. In fact, TomTom has the biggest screen of the bunch, with a 6 inch backlit color touch-screen display. TomTom’s GPS also has text-to-speech guidance and voice prompts alongside lifetime traffic updates. The device offers 24/7 roadside assistance for an additional fee. The TomTom’s IQ Routes technology helps the GPS select the most efficient route for your trip. It’s available at Best Buy along with 2 percent Cash Back.

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