What's the Best Car GPS in 2017? In all honesty its the navigation unit that gets you from Point A to Point B in the quickest, easiest route, whilst avoiding any traffic and providing you with a good selection of features to help you along your route. Buying the best GPS for your car is actually very easy and you can simply head over the Garmin or TomTom websites, view their latest models and you will have a great GPS unit for your car that will come with free map and traffic updates, all the latest features and overall provide you with a great gps unit for your car.
The Problem comes when you put the navigators price into the equation and suddenly actually the most expensive unit might actually not be the best that you should buy. There is also the problem of which to choose given there are many fantastic auto navigation units on the market right now.
In this review, we're looking at the best car gps 2017. When we talk specifically about the best gps for your car, we're talking about the best value for money and not simply what gps unit comes with the most number of features that you're never going to use. As always across this website, our rankings are based on Customer Ratings and Reviews.
Best Rated GPS Navigator
When buying a Car GPS its honestly best to buy a brand named automotive GPS unit as they will always be the better units. Even if you decide to buy a cheap car gps unit, buy a brand name. Often you can have a look on some deal website and find cheap navigation devices that comes with all the latest features and updates and will probably look in principle, a great car navigation system, however don't buy it.
It honestly will not work and most likely will not last you more than a few months. Buying a Brand name such as a Garmin or a TomTom Automotive GPS Unit will might cost you a little more, however at least you know you're buying a quality navigation device that is likely to last you a lifetime and will come with both gps updates and extra features such as massive points of interest databases or websites that allow you to access other users travel data to find the best driving roads in your location.
How to Buy The Best GPS Navigation Device
When choosing the best car GPS Device you need to consider a number of factors that will decide which is the right navigation model for you based on your own individual preferences and what you are going to be using the navigator for. If you are driving a small sports car then you are unlikely to want a massive 7-Inch Garmin GPS Unit, but on the same token a large screen does mean that you can have more features and better GPS directions. Below are our thoughts based on years of experience to give you some idea that you should be thinking about when choosing the best car gps.
- Screen Size - If you're buying for your car, we would highly recommend that you don't go below 6-Inches in screen size. 7-Inches are often too big, however we do like them, and 5-inches is often too small. Even with a simple interface you'll be pressing buttons you don't mean to if the screen is too small
- Signal Lag - Fast Processor Speeds mean fast route calculations and re-calculations which is great when it comes to powering traffic update or taking into account points of interest along your route.
- Menu Interface - The simpler the better. Find all the features you want quickly and easily
- Voice Command - Great in Principle, but in reality you won't use it.
- Bluetooth - Great option if you want to use your phone to connect with your gps unit and make hands free calling. Again something that lots of people have and never use, but it's up to you.
- Real-Time Traffic - Worth its weight in Gold. No one likes being stuck in traffic.
- Maps and Directions - You will need up to date maps that show you where to go even on complex junctions.
Car GPS Range in 2017
Over the last 12 months the gps market has steadily moved on across both the mainstream manufactures being TomTom and Garmin but also with the gap between the mainstream manufactures and the smaller manufactures. Yes TomTom and Garmin are still the best gps units on the market, but there are a few others catching up that could be good competition in the future years.
TomTom and Garmin have both brought out new and improved models of there mainstream gps units. TomTom brought out the fantastic GO6100 which is a great GPS unit that comes with improved maps, directions and even allows for free map and traffic updates which is the first time that we have seen both in a TomTom model.
Garmin also brought out two new 2017 gps models with the introduction of the DriveSmart and the DriveAssist with the key difference between the two models being that the DriveAssist comes with a built-in dash cam which seems to be all the rage in 2017. Having a built-in dash cam can help to reduce your car insurance bill by allowing insurance companies work out exactly who was at fault in a certain situation. The problem for us is that if you’re anything like me, you don’t have your GPS switched on the whole time and therefore I have no idea what happens to your insurance when you have a crash and your gps is not plugged in.
Out of the two new Garmin models, we personally think the Garmin DriveSmart is the best model as it offers value for money. There is a new Garmin DriveLux, however at over $500 it’s pretty hard to justify.
What's The Best GPS To Buy in 2017
So what’s the best gps to buy? As always we do feel that the 5-inch devices are just too small to use it your car especially when they start to use the split screen function. You cannot really see either side. Whilst we do like the 7-Inch screen’s, especially with our 2016 favourite being the 7-inch Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT which us a great gps, however we can see why some users don’t like it, it’s not exactly small.
This leaves the 6-inch range of gps units and the Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT and the TomTom 6100. The problem with the TomTom range is that if you want to have traffic updates and we highly recommend that you get them, you need to pay a premium for a top of the range product and therefore you’re not getting any form of value for money. If you drop down a series from the 6100 to the 610, you loose the traffic updates and therefore you might as well just buy the cheapest model on the market.
Back to the best car gps device in 2017. We still really like the Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT and given it's now has a newer model, the price has bee reduced substantially, however we also like the all new Garmin DriveSmart car gps. If you're happy to pay for a top of the range device then go for the all new DriveSmart, however if you're low on budget, then look at the Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT.
Car GPS Reviews - Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D
The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT is Garmin's top selling, all-new 2017 car gps satellite navigator and comes with a range of new and improved features that have been designed to help you get from A-to-B. The DriveSmart range of car gps navigation devices comes in a range of three models, the Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT (5-Inch Screen Size), the Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT (6-Inch Screen Size) and the Garmin DriveSmart 70LMT (7-Inch Screen Size) although our favourite is the DriveSmart 60LMT with it’s six inch screen.
The design has been improved over the last few years with this model now being made with a much thinner body that is only slightly thicker than a mobile telephone.Whilst the menu, directions and maps all been improved, the difference is hardly noticeable from previous models, however what is noticeable is the “pinch and zoom” which is the past caused me so many problems. In the past if you were not careful you could easily zoom all the way in to the map, however with this latest version the zoom facility works much better.
The screen has also been improved and now it handles direct sunlight much better than before meaning that you don’t need a sun-visor as you did before.As with all Garmin’s in 2017, the Drivesmart comes with up-to-date maps of the whole of North America and whilst they have been great for a while, what has improved is the traffic alerts meaning that now more than ever, the device will help you choose an alternative route if there are traffic problems ahead. For the first time, the DriveSmart, now includes speed camera alerts, however remember, these are the fixed speed cameras and not the moveable speed cameras that you find along the route.
Extra features for the DriveSmart include alerts for sharp curves, speed changes, railroad crossings, animal crossings, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, nearby school zones, nearby red light and speed cameras and even fatigue warning on longer routes.
Overall the DriveSmart 60LMT is the best value for money car gps device on the market in 2017. We really like the upgrades and look forward to taking the 60LMT with us on our summer holidays this year.
Car GPS Reviews - Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT
The Garmin 2797 LMT was our favourite Car GPS Device on the market in 2016 and comes with a massive 7-Inch Touchscreen, a very easy to use interface and preloaded maps of the USA which are both updated for free for the lifetime of the GPS Unit and include Traffic updates which keep you from being stuck in traffic jams.
Yes we agree that the 7-inch screen is probably too big if your going to be driving a sports car, but for us with our big trucks, the 7-inch screen is perfect and allows you to see the whole map even in split screen view.
The all-new faster processor allows for both super fast route calculations and Garmin's all new updated maps to be used which use real voices and recognisable building and landmarks to direct you to your destination. In the event that you have drive through any complex junctions along your route then the PhotoReal and Bird's Eye Junction Views offer detailed images and striking arrows to help you along your route.
The large memory card which is expandable, allows both a massive supply of nearby services such as restaurants, stores, ATM's and Gas Stations whilst a smartphone link connects your GPS Unit to your iPhone or Android SmartPhone.
Overall the 2797LMT is a great gps unit and comes with a wealth of features that are still useful today. What's really great is the Nuvi 2797LMT is now considered to be a second generation model meaning that the price has come down substantially, however it's still a great car gps unit and one that we would highly recommend today.