The Garmin Drive is the entry level, most basic Garmin gps on the market today, however actually it’s one of my favorites. It's also great value for money, while offering everything you need to get yourself to you destination, quickly and easily. If you look across the internet, you can easily get the 51LM for less than $100 and if you hit the sales, it’s also possible the get the 61 LM with its slightly larger, six-inch screen for less than $100. This makes the Drive, great value for money.
Garmin Drive GPS Navigator Review
The Garmin Drive is part of the next generation portable GPS Navigation System’s that was only released in mid-2018. The Drive comes in two versions, a 51 LM with a 5.0-inch dual-orientation display, and the 61LM with a 6.0-inch dual-orientation display. Other than screen sizes, and thus size of the gps device, there is no other differences between the units.
The Drive comes with Garmin’s all new processor that allows for super-fast route calculations and re-calculations when you make a wrong turn, and while this basic model does not come with pinch and zoom like many of the more expensive model, zooming into the map is quick and very easy.
Maps are fantastic; however, we do think it’s easier to see the map and thus the directions you need to follow with the larger screen, but this is also a personal choice. As with all Garmin’s you also get free lifetime map updates to keep your Garmin up-to-date, however there is no traffic alerts with this model.
The Garmin Drive also has the new and improved voice-prompts system which helps to prepare you for any exits or interchanges by giving you easy-to-understand driving directions that guide you like a friend by using recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. This has the added benefit to help reduce the stress of trying to work out which exit you’re supposed to take.
The Drive also supports Garmin’s “Real Directions” which uses landmarks and building as guidance rather than distance. As an example the Garmin Drive will say something like, “Turn left next at the end of park, rather than in 500 feet turn left”.
The new and improved operating system uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route and the “birds eye view” offers greater detail for interchanges and other complicated up and coming direction changes.
Other than the direction, the only real feature the Drive supports is TripAdvisor which will not only show you ratings and reviews for points of interest that you choose, but also has the ability to suggest possible places of interest along your route.
Overall, it’s a fantastic GPS unit and offers everything you need to get to your destination. Of all the cheap models on the market today, the Garmin Drive is easily the best.