After Garmin rebooted its model line and Tom Tom released new models, we did a fresh round of testing.
The Garmin Drive 50LMT is now our top pick for most drivers, replacing the Garmin Nüvi 2539LMT (which is still available through some retailers).
After spending more than 70 hours researching the latest car GPS models and testing the top contenders over 1,200 miles of rural, suburban, and urban orienteering, we recommend the new Garmin Drive 51 LMT-S as the best in-car navigation device for most people.
It’s easier to use and more driver-friendly than the competition.
The software will check for software updates to Web Updater first and will install them automatically if it finds any.
Then it will search for map and feature updates, and finally, it will install those updates on the Garmin GPS unit.
Our new runner-up and upgrade picks are the Garmin Drive Smart 51 LMT-S and the Garmin Drive Assist 51 LMT-S, respectively, both of which are updated versions of our previous picks.
With frequent updates, you'll never have to navigate without the latest maps, applications and features. Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm that you want to update the unit.Tom Tom have announced a new service that will automatically keep its GPS units up-to-date with the latest navigation data.Tom Tom Map Update uses a subscription-based desktop app that downloads fresh mapping data as it’s released and synchronizes it with the sat-nav device itself whenever it’s plugged in.New buyers get the first update free, if it’s released within thirty days of their first using the GPS.Why does my screen go "blank" when I select Navigation?