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Garmin Nuvi 2597

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2041 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and performance. The voice guidance and screen are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the memory.

usability, screen, voice guidance, performance, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 2597 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Garmin nüvi 2597LMT


Garmin's midrange nüvi 2597LMT comes with some useful new features, but it's priced a bit high for what you get.

Accurate navigation. Friendlier voice prompts. Flexible 3D lane assistance views

Dated plastic resistive screen. Low screen resolution. Real-time traffic data is limited on secondary roads

The Garmin nüvi 2597LMT ($249.99 direct) inherits many of the positive characteristics of its more expensive sibling, the nüvi 3597LMTHD, while leaving an extra $130 in your pocket. But the question we ask every time we review a GPS these days is...

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Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT


The Nuvi 2597LMT is a well-rounded addition to the Advanced series. This car navigation system is easy to see and easy to understand. The Nuvi 2597LMT GPS system will help you avoid traffic problems, give you a hands-free navigation experience and make...

This model comes with lifetime map updates and traffic updates, plus speech access and Bluetooth capability

If you want ecoRoute, you'll have to purchase it separately

The Nuvi 2597LMT is a well-rounded navigation GPS device that gives you a hands-free experience and makes it easy to reach your destination safely.

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This unit easily performed for me as promised.


When deciding to upgrade my old TomTom, I did a *lot* of reading and looking around, including touchy-feely in brick-and-mortar stores. Garmin had been recommended by a friend (who had a 2445), so I zeroed in on the brand. I eventually picked the 2597...

Large, clear screen ; Amazing ability to interact by voice ; Clear directions including actual street names ; Wide choice of measurables to display while driving ; Easy access/distance to upcoming POIs through the tools and on the screen

I haven't really found a complaint. I did wonder why they didn't add state symbols on either side of state lines (which show on the map), or add "Welcome to ..." announcements as state lines are crossed. Hardly a deal-breaker, just an enhancement


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Amazon review summary for Garmin Nuvi 2597


alaTest has collected and analyzed 540 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 2597 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

usability, performance, screen, voice guidance, value for money

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin nüvi 2597LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic

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All in one!


This GPS does it all! Bluetooth, hands free Calling with voice commands. Cell phone link and free maps for life. Traffic warnings, Weather reports. This does mo re than what my SYNC did in my car without the yearly cost of $300.00. Happy, happy! Only...

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Instant Satellite pickup


Pickup satellite in less than 10 second from NYC

Traffic report is extremely inaccurate when there is a traffic is slow or jammed

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The upgrade in garmin GPS is great


From the day I got this upgraded model, I have been able to get to where I have to be with little difficulty, especially since I am completely foreign in the areas I have to travel.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Lifetime...

It gets me where I need to be


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Great GPS, Excellent features!


I know that my "What's great about it" and "What's not so great" are in the same topic, but the "Voice Command" option is a great feature. Especially when driving. You don't have to press buttons. The bluetooth is awesome! Make hands free calling. Very...

Voice command

Doesn't pick up my street name by voice

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Best GPS I have used.


I would recommend this if you travel a lot. Has all of the features including hands free for your phone. If you ever got stuck with a rental car without one, this is really handy. Very easy to use and has not failed me yet!This product has......

Lots of features. The bluetooth for the phone is great if you rent cars alot

Haven't found anything yet

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it is not great but free maps is a good feature although it appears some of the roads have not yet been updated. i would recommend.This product has... Free map updatesAbout me... casual user

free maps

could be easier to use and better road updates

Product Specifications


FM Tuner: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device / No / Yes
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB: Yes


Display Technology:TFT Display
Monitor Format:16:9
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks:No / Yes
Lane Assistant: Yes
Map Coverage:PART CONTINENT / Single continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Map Storage Medium:On board Flash Memory
Pedestrian Mode:No / Yes
Reality View:No / Yes
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel:No / Yes
Voice Control:Full Voice Control


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No