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Garmin Nuvi 2597

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2002 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and performance. The voice guidance and screen also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on 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

(Based on 2003 reviews)

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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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nice gps


The garmin 2597 is definitely faster than my old model things upload much quicker recalculate quicker I am very pleased from last year's model.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Lifetime traffic, Free map updates

easy to use


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Love this GPS unit


I have logged over 500 hours on this unit and it really lives up to hype. I don't know what I would do without it.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Lifetime traffic, Free map updatesAbout me... Business Professional

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Great GPS Unit


Large and easy to see and use. Great screen. I like how you can see food and gas on the map screen. Great traffic updates too. Thanks Garmin!This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Lifetime traffic, Free map updatesAbout me... Parent...

Easy to use and great price


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Nice mid level navagator


We are on our 3rd Garmin Nuvi. Now we have one for each car. 2 of them have voice command. I would definitely suggest this product.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Lifetime traffic, Free map updatesAbout me... Parent with kids,...

Voice command is perfect for on the road

When finding an address by voice, it can be quirky

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