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The Best GPS Navigation Systems for Your Road Trip

Updated on April 20, 2011

The Best Reliable GPS Navigations Systems to Get You on Your Road Trip Across the Country

Map? What map? With the advent of GPS, you may no longer need to have one around. Navigate your way around the country with one of these recommended (and well reviewed) GPS navigation systems that will take you seamlessly between road trip destinations without getting off course. No more gas station directions, no more lost map, no more bickering about where you are! Technology is here to the rescue in the form of these acclaimed navigation aids built by Garmin and TomTom, the two largest and well respected GPS companies. Read on to find what units are the best selling, have the lowest malfunction rate, and which ones you can depend on for years to come.

Garmin Nuvi 360 Portable GPS Text to Speech Navigation System - One of the best sellers on Amazon, includes text to speech and turn by turn directions

The Garmin Nuvi 360 GPS Navigator and Personal Travel Assistant is one of the best selling navigation systems on Amazon. With an incredible personal translator, multi-media entertainer and tour guide all wrapped into one, it will get you going across the United States without having to stop at sleezy rest stops for directions (or rifling around in the backseat during 90 degree weather for that tattered road map). The Garmin Nuvi portable 360 also has an MP3 player and audio book player, JPEG picture viewer, and hands-free Bluetooth technology that's reliable and consistent. Garmin is the world's #1 selling navigation system because of this reliability, and it's also the best reviewed.

Garmin nuvi Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator - FM traffic updates, MSN content, fast satellite lock, and text to speech

Garmin's nuvi 255W has made some significant improvements with faster satellite lock, terrain maps, and an incredible new photo navigation feature. It also is more specific than the 200 series with its directions. Instead of vague "turn left in 50 feet" directions, it will tell you the name of the street (which saves a lot of headaches!).

TomTom One Third Edition Auto Navigation System - The world's best selling portable navigation device

This is one of the best selling GPS navigation systems in existence. TomTom is another reliable, awesome brand to take with you on any road trip, or simply to work everyday. The 3rd edition update to the world's bestselling portable navigation device features an updated chipset that provides better satellite lock and TomTom's new MapShare technology that lets you add your own map corrections.

The model you see below is refurbished, which means it's been returned to the company and repaired to like new conditions. It also includes a 6 month warranty on the parts and labor. You can save a bundle of money buying refurbished. I've done it before and I was happy with the quality I received.

Just think... more pulling aside to read a map. No more wrong turns (well, they can't drive for you, but it's the next best thing).

More Garmin GPS Navigation Systems on Amazon Right Now - The best selling GPS systems and accessories to hit the road in style

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are no longer in the "unaffordable" category. They've drastically come down in price compared to just a year ago.

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      7 years ago

      I have yet to use a GPS -- and I'm no techno-peasant -- well, one of these days, I will indulge, I'm sure & it's good to know how the units measure up -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      8 years ago

      Vehicle GPS tracking Ireland is a system which can be used to improve the security of a car for an individual. For companies the technology has many useful applications such as saving money on fuel and improved customer service.

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      8 years ago

      My sister has a Magellan (sp?) works just fine for me.


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