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Garmin Quest

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of Garmin Quest. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and screen. The price and size also get good views. Many are less positive about the memory, and there are some mixed views about the performance.

usability, size, price, screen, durability


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

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Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin Quest


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Garmin Quest from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the screen and design. The price and durability also get good reviews. Comments are divided on the usability.

performance, durability, price, design, screen

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Quest Pocket-Sized Car GPS Navigation SystemGarmin Quest Pocket-Sized Car GPS Navigation System

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (

Garmin Quest review: Garmin Quest


A number of portable navigation systems, such as the Magellan RoadMate 800 , claim they can be used in the car and on foot, but while they may be compact enough, their odd shapes don't make them ideal walking buddies. The Garmin Quest 2, however, is a...

The Garmin Quest 2 features a nice, compact design that can be used in the car or on foot. Maps are preloaded on the device, and it offers accurate directions in various settings.

The slightly pricey Garmin Quest 2 doesn't have a touch screen and the menus aren't very intuitive. Voice-guided directions are available only through the included vehicle mount/speaker system.

Those looking for a dedicated GPS device in the car and on foot will find the Garmin Quest 2 delivers in portability and performance.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Oliver Kaven (

Garmin Quest


The Garmin Quest is the smallest in-car GPS navigation unit we've seen yet.

Built in lithium ion battery, auto shutoff, small size, bright antireflective screen.

Somewhat unintuitive interface. Sound through cigarette-lighter adapter.

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Dec, 2004

Expert review by : Glenn Derene (

Garmin Quest


Stupendously designed and enormously useful on the road.

Small, light, and compact Rugged and waterproof• Inexpensive

Memory not expandable Unimpressive color screen• Difficult installation

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin Quest


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide. The Garmin Quest is a perennial favorite among car navigation systems. The Quest is reasonably priced and has a bright color screen. To...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


This tiny handheld GPS receiver includes maps, intelligent routing algorithms, an intuitive display, and can be programmed with custom data sources or integrated into enterprise applications. Quest is a good alternative to more complex location-aware...

Input custom waypoint coordinates, internal memory, waterproof

Cumbersome interface

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

A lot of bang for your buck!


Compact, very easy to use

Cradle/mounting bracket and external speaker a bit bulky

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Great GPS for the budget-minded rover


The Garmin Quest is a compact, easy to use and helpful multi-purpose GPS. It can be mounted in your car, where it has a friendly voice, or hand-held for your on-foot adventures.

Inexpensive, compact, portable, easy to use

Limited memory size requires you to manage mapsets on your PC

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

If it can help me cross Los Angeles, it can do anything!


My wife bought me the Garmin Quest for my birthday. I travel for business, and often end up in some very remote/rural areas, so this was a great item for me. And, the timing was perfect, as I would be traveling to California from Missouri the next week.

Small size, easy to read screen, perfect performance

Would like a screen protector and, as always, more memory

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (

Quest versus GPS V, a comparison


I recently replaced my trusty Garmin GPS V with the Garmin Quest. This review compares and contrasts the Quest to its GPS V predecessor.

small, light, fast, color, good UI, USB, re-charge while in car

car mounting system, possibly a bit slow to get a position fix

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

This is a very good ...


This is a very good product. The only downfall is that you must update the cd prior to roaming out of the areas you have already loaded. Sometimes, due to new road construction, it routes you off but the most fantastic part of this is that if you make...

Durable, Easy to use, Good Value

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications


Form Factor:Handheld


Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:160 x 240 / 240 x 160
Display size (HxV):2.2 x 1.5 / 2.66
Display size (HxV) (imperial):2.2 x 1.5 / 2.66
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):20
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - autolocate:120
Acquisition times - cold:45
Acquisition times - warm:15
Channels quantity:12
GPS accuracy - position:15m, 95%
GPS accuracy - velocity:0.05
Update rate:1
WAAS capability: Yes

GPS Type

Auto: No
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): Yes
Sport (fitness, running): No

GPS type



Map storage:Internal storage


Auto re-route: Yes
Choice of route setup: Yes
FM traffic compatible: No
Photo navigation: No
Route avoidance: Yes
Routes quantity:50
Speed limits: No


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 65
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 65

Other Features

Antenna Type:Integral flip-up
Basemap:No / Yes
Interface:USB 1.1
Internal memory:115
Power Requirements:6 watts, 13.8 Vdc(max)


Battery life (max):20
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Technical Details

Calculator: No
FM Transmitter: No
Form Factor:Handheld
Image viewer: No
MP3-player: No
Number of Waypoints:500
World travel clock: No

Weight & Dimensions