- Size (LWH): 0.8 inches, 5.5 inches, 3.4 inches
- Weight: 6.4 ounces
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. :)
Once done, the 66LMT works like.a champ. The 6-inch screen is delightful. Deviating from the recommended navigation no longer brings a voice droning "RECALCULATING". Nice. Navigation is enhanced with icons along the route showing the location of restaurants, gas stations, etc. a convenience which, if annoying, can be deactivated. Programming in favorite addresses is fairly straightforward. The screen is much more touch sensitive than my older nuvi 765 (no serious double or hard pressing required). The "back" button is very nice. My device, however, insisted on starting me in Chicago. Changing this required a quick look at the online user manual and, while inputting a local address, I could change my base location (a fair if not intuitive work around). In road testing it, I found our local Shipley's Donuts is not found; odd since the shop has been there for two years. Makes me wonder what other stores, sites, etc. might be absent.
In short, this Garmin appears reliable and user friendly as have mine in the past. A caution, however, like Turbo Tax, I never totally rely on the Garmin. It is best to be aware of your destination, have your wits about your course, letting common sense override as appropriate. So, I give the 66LMT a 4-Star rating: a solid Five for the device's overall quality, performance and ease of use but only a Three for activation and set-up and some suspicion certain long existing sites may be absent. Garmin needs to put additional thought into their out-of-the-box imstructions. The fact I am a return customer, familiar with Garmin nuances helped; a newbie might throw up their hands before calling Tech Support. Regardless, the 20-page, downloadable user manual is comprehensive and a good fall-back where intuition or "searching around" fails.
Update (8/19/2014): The new map updates take up of the nuvi's space (all but 761MB, prompting a suggestion that a Micro-SD card be added (to the slot on the back of the device). NOTE: nuvis ARE NOT COMPATIBLE with a micro card larger than 8GB capacity, and may not work (depending upon your model) with a card larger than 2GB. Order accordingly.