Garmin StreetPilot 7200 review:

Garmin StreetPilot 7200

Starting at $1,071
  • Recommended Use automotive
  • Features 2D / 3D map perspective, custom POIs, preinstalled POIs
  • Navigation Software & Services MapSource City Navigator North America NT

Roadshow Editors' Rating

7.7 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8

The Good The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 has an accurate GPS receiver and a large, daylight-readable touch screen. It also offers optional traffic and weather information, as well as an XM radio antenna.

The Bad Large and heavy, the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 is very expensive, and you have to pay extra for the traffic and weather data. Also, the traffic alerts could be more accurate.

The Bottom Line The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 is ideal for drivers who want the latest in portable vehicle navigation, but be prepared to shell out a sizable chunk of money for this multifunction GPS system.

Garmin StreetPilot 7200

According to Garmin, the StreetPilot 7200 is designed for use in large vehicles such as buses, RVs, and semis, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to drive a big rig to take advantage of this awesome GPS/entertainment system. You do, however, have to be willing to shell out more than $1,400 for the privilege. If you can afford the luxury, this high-end system delivers accurate directions; a large 7-inch, daylight-readable touch screen; multimedia features; and the latest navigation tools, such as text-to-speech functionality, and real-time traffic and weather updates (which will cost you extra). Unlike previous models in the series, the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 is fairly hefty, measuring 7.5 by 4.5 by 2.2 inches and weighing 1.4 pounds. The unit's centerpiece, a massive 7-inch WQVGA touch-screen display, has a resolution of 480x234 pixels, a wide-screen (16:9) aspect ratio, and an autodimming backlight. The daylight-readable screen is bright and easy to read even in the most glaring sunlight, and map colors are rich and vibrant.

A power switch on the Garmin StreetPilot 7200's face is the lone function button; all commands are entered using the highly responsive touch-screen module or via the included 19-button IR remote control. An SD card slot and an audio-out jack are located on the left side of the unit, and mini-USB, A/V-in, and AC power jacks are positioned on the right. The A/V port allows you to connect to an external device, such as a DVD or CD player, to watch movies on the big screen or listen to music through the StreetPilot's internal speaker. An MCX connector on the rear of the unit lets you attach an external antenna.

A 12-volt power adapter is hardwired to the mounting cradle and contains a port for hooking up a backup camera to see what's going on behind your car. The beanbag mounting device and cradle did an admirable job of keeping the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 from sliding around on the dash of our Ford F-150 truck, making it easy to move the unit from car to car. A permanent screw-on mount is included in the box, as well as a USB cable, a user manual, and a driver disc.

The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 uses internal memory to store the preloaded City Navigator North America NT mapping program, which includes routable street-level maps and more than 6 million points of interest (POI) for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Standard navigation features include voice- and text-guided turn-by-turn driving directions, automatic route calculations, quick rerouting when you wander off course, 2D and 3D map views, and text-to-speech technology, which enables the unit to speak actual street names when giving directions.

The navigation software uses easily identifiable icons to guide you through the menu pages. For example, touch Where To? to search for POI locations, such as hotels, banks, service stations, and restaurants or use the onscreen keypad to search for locations by street address, city, or state. Once the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 has found your destination, simply select Go To so that you can make a detailed route. You can also touch a spot on the map and create a route to it from your current location, as well as come up with your own list of favorite places.

A built-in MP3 player lets you listen to your favorite music and Audible books, which you can transfer to the StreetPilot via the USB cable. There's a little more than 850MB of user-accessible memory available for audio files, or you can load media via the SD card slot, but you'll have to supply your own content. While the internal speaker is more than adequate for audible driving directions, we suggest using the built-in FM modulator to broadcast your MP3 tunes over your car stereo.

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