Garmin Street Pilot III GPS review: Garmin Street Pilot III GPS

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The Good Detailed text and voice-prompted direction; sharp color display; ultraportable; easy to use; fast recalculations.

The Bad Only one district-coverage-area, street-level map included; additional maps cost extra.

The Bottom Line If you do not have a car with a built-in navigation system, this portable GPS system has every feature you will want and will not steer you wrong.

CNET Editors' Choice Sep '01

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Vehicle navigation just got easier, thanks to the StreetPilot III automotive GPS system from Garmin. Unlike the company's earlier portable models, including the original StreetPilot and StreetPilot ColorMap, the StreetPilot III offers turn-by-turn text and voice-guided directions, making driving in unfamiliar territories a snap. If an unexpected detour or a missed turn takes you off course, the StreetPilot III automatically plots a new one and sends you on your way. Vehicle navigation just got easier, thanks to the StreetPilot III automotive GPS system from Garmin. Unlike the company's earlier portable models, including the original StreetPilot and StreetPilot ColorMap, the StreetPilot III offers turn-by-turn text and voice-guided directions, making driving in unfamiliar territories a snap. If an unexpected detour or a missed turn takes you off course, the StreetPilot III automatically plots a new one and sends you on your way.

Easy installation
The StreetPilot III is a self-encased, portable (1.4 pounds) vehicle-navigation system that sits on the dashboard of your car and has a sharp, 16-color display (3.4 by 1.8 inches; 305x160-pixel resolution) that's viewable in direct sunlight. The unit comes with built-in base maps that include data for state highways, interstates, local thruways, and secondary roads throughout North and South America. You also get a MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM and a 32MB data card, as well as a USB cable that's used to upload street-level maps (complete with voice-prompted turning instructions and text-based driving directions) from the City Navigator CD to the data card.

Installing StreetPilot III is a relatively painless process. Instead of using the included mounting brackets, we went for the optional beanbag mount ($35), which keeps the unit secure while allowing you to transport the StreetPilot III from car to car without any installation woes. The included 12-volt adapter also houses an external speaker and plugs into the cigarette lighter.

Entering street addresses and point-of-interest information (ATMs, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and more) is also relatively painless--you simply use the rocker switch to scroll through the alphanumeric choices. Other buttons allow you to zoom in or out on the map, mark waypoints, call up stored routes, and enter the menu pages, where you can adjust map detail or switch display options to view trip odometers, speed, satellite strength, and compass heading.

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Where to Buy

Garmin Street Pilot III GPS

Part Number: 0100023200

MSRP: $1,166.65

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Maps Included North America
  • Run Time (Up To) 20 hours
  • Weight 22.4 oz
  • Receiver 12 channel
  • Voice navigation instructions
  • Recommended Use automotive