They even tell you if you’re going the wrong way on a one-way street.
And onboard Wi-Fi support lets you quickly update the device’s maps and software without having to plug the device into a computer.
While supplies last, you can also still buy our previous runner-up pick, the Garmin Drive Smart 50LMT, which lacks the built-in Wi-Fi, Trip Advisor ratings, parking info, and location sharing.
We typically didn’t have to repeat things to make it understand.
(It didn’t miss a beat, for example, when we requested directions to Monsignor Drive in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, or Steuben Street in Schenectady, New York.) The multitouch display makes it simpler to zoom in and out by pinching the screen instead of using the and – buttons.
For example, it will display a forward-collision warning if you’re driving too close to a vehicle in front, and a lane-departure alert if you begin to drift out of your lane.
It can also detect a crash and automatically send a text and map link to a preselected contact.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 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.And, more important, we didn’t find the screen information to be quite as informative or as easy to access as Garmin’s, nor did we find the voice directions as driver-friendly.