Garmin nüvi 56LMT GPS Navigators System with Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions, Preloaded Maps and Speed Limit Displays (USA and Canada)
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- Bright 5" dual-orientation displays
- Lane Assist with Junction View: easily navigate complex interchanges; brightly colored arrows indicate the proper lane position for your next turn or exit.
- Garmin Real Voice: Hear spoken turn-by-turn directions from speech technology that sounds more like a natural, friendly human voice
- "Up Ahead": Easily find places up ahead, like food and gas stations, without leaving the map
- School Zone Warnings: Receive alerts for up-coming school zones
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Essential Series Navigation for Your Car
- Easy-to-use dedicated GPS navigator with 5.0” dual-orientation display
- Does not rely on cellular signals; unaffected by cellular dead zones
- Preloaded with detailed maps of the U.S. and Canada, plus free lifetime updates¹
- Free lifetime traffic avoidance², no ads or subscription fees
- Navigate complex interchanges with ease
- Easily search addresses and millions of points of interest
Dedicated, Easy-to-use GPS Guidance
For driving directions on the road, put away the smartphone and power on your nüvi. nüvi 56LMT is an easy-to-use, dedicated GPS navigator that does not rely on cellular signals and is unaffected by cellular dead zones. nüvi provides easy-to-follow, spoken turn-by-turn directions with street names.
nüvi 56LMT features a bright, 5.0” dual-orientation display, for use horizontally or vertically.
nüvi 56LMT arrives pre-loaded with detailed maps of the U.S. and Canada.
Free Lifetime Map Updates
Roads change. Businesses open and close. nüvi 56LMT enables you to keep your device up-to-date with the latest maps¹ that Garmin has to offer, with no fees. Map updates also contain fresher points of interest, so your nüvi can give results that are more relevant and have greater accuracy. With increased road detail and more points of interest, new maps could be larger in size; as a result, map updates may require a microSD™ card (sold separately).
Lifetime Traffic Avoidance
nüvi 56LMT provides free lifetime traffic avoidance² for the useful life of your Garmin device. Be alerted to delays, know how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours that may help save time and keep you on your way. You can also be assured if you are on the fastest route – so much useful travel information, with no ads and no subscription fees. (Note: vehicle power cable is also the traffic receiver).
Navigate Complex Interchanges with Ease
nüvi 56LMT has lane assist with junction view that displays upcoming junctions and uses brightly colored arrows to indicate your proper lane.
Easier to Search, Quicker to Find
nüvi 56LMT has a search field that makes it easy to find addresses and millions of points of interest, in a single place. Now, simply enter a category (like “pizza”), an entire address (“1234 Sycamore Lane, Anytown, USA”) or a proper name (“Starbucks”) and nüvi 56LMT quickly returns your results.
More Information Right on Your Map
No need to search for a hard-to-read or nonexistent sign; with a glance at nüvi 56LMT, you’ll see your current street. nüvi also displays speed limit, current speed and estimated arrival time.
With the Up Ahead feature, you can easily find places you want – like restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and shops – without leaving the map. Best of all, Up Ahead is customizable, so you can always know the location of favorite destinations along your route.
You can access Up Ahead and other useful information from the map tools panel. Conveniently remain on your map screen and still find places Up Ahead, change the volume and more.
School Zone Warnings
nüvi 56LMT issues an audible alert and displays an onscreen warning whenever you approach a school zone.
One-stop Device Management
Use Garmin Express to keep your nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favorites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.
What's in the Box:
- nüvi 56LMT
- Preloaded with City Navigator® NT — U.S. and Canada
- Lifetime maps¹ and traffic² (indicated by “LMT” after model number on the box)
- Lifetime traffic antenna/vehicle power cable (this is the same cable)
- Vehicle suction cup mount
- USB cable
- Quick start manual
¹Lifetime Maps Terms & Conditions can be found at http://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/lmdisclaimer
²Lifetime Traffic Terms & Conditions can be found at http://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/ltdisclaimer
Top customer reviews
On the negative side the manual that comes with it is pretty useless. You really have to go to the Garmin site and download the manual. That one is fairly good, but I have still had to figure out several things by trial and error. For example it doesn't explain how turning on and off power works very well. But it turns out that if it is powered from an outlet that turns off with the ignition, it turns on and off with the ignition, so you never have to touch the power button if it is just used in the car. (If you want to leave it on so it records your stopped time on a trip, you have to set the display not to turn off and then cancel the turning off display that comes up when you turn off the ignition.)
Downloading Garmin Express, updating the firmware and the maps worked well. (I got a failed message once, but I don't think it really did fail.)
Now as for the really good stuff. It gets a satellite fix FAST, like 6 seconds is the longest I have seen. I find the display very readable. (I can see my speed better on the GPS than on the car speedometer!) To enter a destination you are asked for the number, than the street and it starts hunting. Ok if it is close, but if not, you need to click the back box in the upper right and enter either a state or a town. So far that has always worked well. The directions have been excellent. The pictured signage display for major intersections (Interstates??) are spot on! They must have been done from pictures of the signs and lane layouts. And the upcoming turn arrows often show which lanes allow the turn.
I like the speed limit indication and have only found a couple of minor errors as to where a speed limit changes. The neat thing is that your speed display turns red it you're over the limit. And I thought it was really neat when it went beep, beep, beep, ... and when I looked at it, it warned me about a school zone a few hundred yards ahead. :)
I found that the new unit didn't always take me via the most efficient routes, having known where I was going. I quite often would ignore its instructions and go the more efficient route on my own. My sisters older one would say "re configuring" in that situation. This one doesn't and I missed that about it. For example, it had me going on one route in an up and over pattern, as opposed to a straight line to the destination. I knew that was an inefficient way of going and planned on taking my own route. I stopped for coffee, the unit shut off, and when I got back in it had reconfigured with the more efficient route!
Also, there isn't a "favorites" icon which makes life easier for frequently traveled routes, as opposed to my sisters older one which had that feature. I definitely miss that.
The screen split for upcoming intersections is nice. F.Y.I., IT ONLY SHOWS when you approach a complicated intersection, it doesn't show the road lanes all the time.
While it has the ability to slide the display with your finger like a smart phone, it obviously isn't designed to function that way, and isn't very sensitive when dragging your finger. Use the arrows on the side, it is much easier. Despite the lack of sensitivity for dragging, the buttons are all sensitive.
So WHY BUY A GPS UNIT, when a smart phone has an app for it?
*A GPS has a nicer, easier to understand display.
*It can be mounted on the window or dashboard, not just thrown in your drink cup holder.
*If you are on a limited data plan on your smartphone, it doesn't eat into your time.
*You can use your smartphone at the same time as the GPS unit or for multiple searches.
I was able to transfer my old saved locations from my old Garmin to the new one via the computer program, Garmin Express.
Screen is nice and big and the UI is better than the old 7 series.
The mount no longer provides the electrical connection, you now have to unclip the unit and unplug it from the USB power cable when removing the GPS from its mount. That is another step backwards.
- Instantly ready when the car starts.
- If untouched, automatically switches to map view at 20 mph.
- Speed limit display is quite helpful—when present.
- Places-of-interest are woefully incomplete even after updating.
- Seems to take a long time (months and months) before road changes are reflected in the map updates.
- More than once it's told me to go the wrong way on a one-way street.