Our new runner-up and upgrade picks are the Garmin Drive Smart 51 LMT-S and the Garmin Drive Assist 51 LMT-S, respectively, both of which are updated versions of our previous picks.
All of our previous Garmin picks are still available at discounted prices while supplies last.
While Google Maps does fine with point A to point B (and even A to B to C, now that the new version once again supports multi-stop routing), it lacks the visualization features necessary to make it an effective tool for truly planning an extended road trip.
Google Earth is a very cool tool for exploring the planet, and its ability to import KML files makes it easy to use Google Maps to store and share routes and destinations.
After Garmin rebooted its model line and Tom Tom released new models, we did a fresh round of testing.
The Garmin Drive 50LMT is now our top pick for most drivers, replacing the Garmin Nüvi 2539LMT (which is still available through some retailers).
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Return to top of page The GPS Service Outages & Status Reports page provides points of contact for reporting GPS outages, interference, and other anomalies to the government.After spending more than 70 hours researching the latest car GPS models and testing the top contenders over 1,200 miles of rural, suburban, and urban orienteering, we recommend the new Garmin Drive 51 LMT-S as the best in-car navigation device for most people.It’s easier to use and more driver-friendly than the competition.Our new runner-up is the Garmin Drive Smart 50LMT, and the Tom Tom Go 50 S and Garmin Drive Assist 50LMT are our new budget and upgrade picks.We tested the most promising GPS units across 1,000 brutal miles of rural, suburban, and urban orienteering and the Garmin Nüvi 2539LMT is our new pick for best car GPS.