GPS Best Buys

By: Rachel Pierce Email
By: Rachel Pierce Email

Consumer Reports' Frank Spinelli just tested $400 Dash Express, one of the newest and most unique. IT promises to give you real-time traffic conditions by communication with other Dash users on the road.

"Here's how it works. Let's say you're driving to work and a Dash Express user ahead of you encounters a traffic problem. That information will be displayed on the screen and at the touch of a button you can reroute around the traffic problem." said Spinelli

It sounds like a great idea. But here's the problem.

"There are simply not enough Dash drivers on the road right now to relay this kind of real-time traffic information back to each other." said Spinelli

And the Dash's traffic information costs about twice what other GPS companies charge, $10-$13 a month.

Consumer Reports has now tested almost 50 GPS units.

Telling you the name of the street you're going to turn on is really useful. Consumer Reports named two GPS systems Best Buys that offer this helpful feature, both made by Garmin.

The Nuvi 260 cost $300. For $50 more the Garmin Nuvi 350 gives you the options to subscribe to standard traffic information. And both even offer helpful walking routs so you can leave your wheels behind.

Consumer Reports named a third Best Buy. It only tells you to turn right or left, rather than naming the street. But at $200, it's still a good deal. It's the Tom Tom One Third Edition.

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