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Garmin Nuvi 285

Garmin Nuvi 285
alaScore 76

531 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 531 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 285. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 285 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 482 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 285 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with TrafficGarmin nüvi 285W/285WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic

Feb, 2018

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 285WT


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide. NOTE: MSN Direct is ceasing operations on January 1, 2012. The Garmin nüvi 285WTis one of the second-generation models in the nuvi 2×5...

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Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Noop (



Good bang for buck.

Gave this as a gift ; Big screen ; It has worked great ever since


Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: village idiot (

Buy me


How did we ever get from point a to point b without one of these things!

This is my first GPS and I am very happy with this unit. Bright and clear in bright sunlight easy to read icons, go to the "garage" and download your own ride. Very spooky on how accurate the speed limit signs "change" when you go past one. The price...

Wife thinks I spend to much time watching the GPS and not the road

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Jonas (

285 WT


I originally purchased the 265WT recertified from newegg for a dollar less than this unit, and this unit is notably better in terms of reliability (the 265wt wouldn't turn on and off after a couple days) and it includes 9?? 3 months of MSN direct which...

Bluetooth, MSN Direct is awesome, Traffic updates very precise

Voice is a little low. I've started to deal with freezes after a few days, but nothing enormous, there is no way to see total distance until destination, just an arrival time which is inevitably early (I'd have to drive 15mph over the speed limit the...

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: CoolMaster (

GARMIN nüvi 285WT 4.3" GPS Navigation


Stable compared to 1490WT, though missing some extra features

Limited time traffic update plan. Display resolution & brighness could be better

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (



Everything works great! Acquires satellite quickly, reroutes quickly


Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: Kishore Mellachervu (

Not a good choice to purchase this one


4.3" screen

Text to speech never works, touch screen is worst, MSN direct is only for limited time

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: kdub (

some info about this gps


Worth the money even with out the traffic service. It gives you speed limit info in many places which is handy. The bluetooth works good, but the speaker is not very loud or clear and if you have other bluetooth devices that also pair with your cell...

I did not buy this from Newegg, At one time this gps was a Best Buy exclusive. The main thing to know about this model is that it is a 265T with the addition of bluetooth and MSN direct. What this means is that instead of the Navteq traffic receiver...

This unit can be slow to acquire satellites when first starting up the unit. The rep from Garmin said a firmware update would fix that but it didn't really help. The traffic receiver stopped working. It was too bad because it was nice to see radar maps...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: woot4fun (

Connected GPS at a Killer Price


The "free" activation period does say 90 day on the paperwork that arrives with the unit, but when you register it you will actually get 9 months. You can confirm this on the MSN direct website. When I registered my unit it does show the 9 month...

MSN Direct is really good stuff. It offers killer gas price updates, based on actual credit card purchases of gas by fleet purchasers. According to their website 100 Billion gallons of gas are purchased at 80,000 gas stations nationwide via this system...

It reboots often, for no good reason. I have replace my unit, so it is not an isolated hardware issue. There is a problem somewhere in the code ; MSN Direct ends in 2012. This is a problem because I really like MSN direct, but I am confident that there...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Shannon (

Great GPS. Didn't come with the life time traffice as offered.


Buy this and it will take you places1 :p

This is my first GPS system and so far I am impressed. It gets me where I need to be and overall is fairly easy to use

Didn't come with life time updates as Newegg's ad had stated. Now the ad has been corrected. I'm still waiting to hear back from Newegg regarding this and the recently lowered price

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Get MSN Direct and a big screen for a small price with n


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3 / 4.3"/4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight


GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Elevation / Time/date/Distance / Elevation / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:MSN Direct / TMC (Traffic Message Channel)/TMC (Traffic Message Channel) / MSN Direct
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n