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Best GPS systems

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Although GPS-enabled smartphones are gaining ground in the portable navigation market, the standalone portable navigation device (PND) is far from dead. In fact, today's PNDs sport more features than ever to help you get from point A to point B quickly and safely--features such as audible driving directions with text-to-speech (TTS), spoken street names, real-time traffic updates, Internet connectivity for points-of-interest search, and large easy-to-read screens, to name a few. However, the GPS market has also never been more crowded, so to help you in your buying decision, we've selected our Top 5 picks for in-car GPS navigation systems. We will frequently update this list as we review new GPS devices, so check back often.

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Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one of the best interfaces in the business.

Price: $325.00 - $532.57 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Magellan SmartGPS

The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts.

3.5 stars Very good

TomTom GO Live 1535M

The TomTom GO Live 1535M's is a solidly performing GPS device and its app integration for search is a nice first, but that's hardly this PND's strongest feature.

Price: $139.99 - $224.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Garmin nüvi Essentials

Garmin's formula for entry-level GPS devices doesn't change much with the new Nuvi 50, but small tweaks, a lower price, and a massive screen enhance value.

Price: $94.95 - $94.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

TomTom Via 1535

The TomTom Via 1535 TM offers many features and services to increase driver safety and routing efficiency.

3.5 stars Very good
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