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Garmin Nuvi 855

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1725 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 855. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 855 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1563 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 855 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Reviews about the size and screen are generally positive. The price and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the durability and reliability.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech RecognitionGarmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech Recognition

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: (

Garmin nuvi 855


With voice activation inclusion and the additional features such as MP3 Player, the Nuvi 855 slots into a higher price category. These features are useful if your GPS is in constant operation, becoming the central point for your in-car needs. For a...

Experienced GPS manufacturerVoice ActivationSupports microSDMP3 Player and Audio book features

Higher price range

The Garmin Nuvi 855 comes with voice activation, a feature that is...

Mar, 2010

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Garmin nuvi 855 Review


Garmin nuvi 855 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Garmin nuvi 855 and comparisons to other Auto GPS

Voice-command GPS at a reasonable price; Excellent navigation; Easy to use

Lacks some features from the nuvi 7x5 series; Traffic alerts cost extra

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 855 review


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide. The Garmin nüvi 855 is one of Garmin's excellent voice command navigators. Updating the nuvi 850, the 855 adds junction view, lane assist...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 885T review


The Garmin nüvi 885T is Garmin's top of the line voice command navigator. Updating the nuvi 880, the 885T adds junction view, lane assist and a speed limit indicator. It is also compatible with the third generation of MSN Direct services, including...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Fletch (

Garmin nuvi 885T Review


First, a little history: Garmin has been steadily updating its popular nuvi product, rolling out new units complete with updated map screens, lane guidance, improved GPS chipsets, free traffic, and more. First to receive the update was the entry-level...

Great if Speech Recognition Is Your #1 Priority. Otherwise, Get A nuvi 7x5 Model Instead (And Save Money Too)

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: PNW_Sucks (

CNET lied - Nuvi 855 has NO built in FM transmitter!!


Did the writer Rick Broida even use this model? I am so irritated right now that I jumped on the $98 offer. The manual clearly states receiver is included in the 865 package and is an OPTIONAL accessory for the nuvi 855. The caption from the CNET...

Returning it - false info from CNET editor

NO FM transmitter or Bluetooth on Nuvi 855 model

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: puchasr (

Satisfied ( far.)


Being my first GPS unit I can't compare it to others. I like the features especially the voice recognition, and ability to sort up to ten destinations in a single route. I'm very satisfied for the moment with its functions and reliability.

Everything, fast satellite acquisition, reliable instructions

Doesn't include free traffic updates and blue-tooth, like the 265wt. Instructions voice volume could be higher, and like most electronics it doesn't like the heat (it froze when I put it inside a small car compartment)

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: GLENN0999 (

If it would work, I might like it really well.


Garmin continues to give me the run around. Download this, download that, nothing works. If you call, they tell you they are experiencing heavy calling. Call back another time. It is that way every time. Having to do everything by email. I only get one...

It will not stay on long enough before freezing up and stopping to find something wonderful

I wish I would have done a little more research. I have a nuvi 350 and it has been great. Just wanted to upgrade

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: PhilTpar (



The map detail on this 855 GPS is far inferrior to two other five year old GPS's that I own. You have to go to point 8 miles resolution to get anything except wavy road lines. My other GPS's lists cities and crossroads at 5 miles resolution. The maps...

wide screen

Map detail is terrible

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: jimbrady39 (

Garmin nüvi 855 Automobile Navigator


There are some real bad algorithms in this unit or it would not get lost so much. If you lose the satellite signal when it comes back on it is confused, and it gives you bad directions. Garmin, you ought to put a delay between getting a satellite...

Good marketing

Can't keep track of where it is. Gets lost and suggest wrong turns. If you pull of to get gas or eat lunch, 50% of the time it sends you the wrong way on startup. The browse map feature is useless

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

4.3-Inch nüvi with full North American mapping, voice-activated navigation, lane assist with junction view, and spoken street names


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

Built-in Display

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

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Lane Assistant / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:MSN Direct
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n




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