Updated on 30 September 2013 by

The smartphones are now capable of navigation with the numerous apps available. This spells an end for the dedicated car GPS. In order to woo back the customers, major brands such as Garmin, Magellan are offering extra features such as multimedia capabilities, bluetooth, mp3 players, even audio books etc. These may be standard in the fixed in-dashboard top end GPS systems. But in the lower priced versions, all the basic GPS navigational features are available at around $150 or less.

Typically the prices varies depending on the GPS devices screen size and features. The portable or handheld GPS with screen sizes around 3.5 inches have the internal or downloaded maps with around 2000 waypoints, rechargeable batteries. The map upgrades additionally cost extra to keep track of latest updates.

Providing lifetime map upgrades, text-to-speech, live traffic updates, connecting to your car stereo, voice commands for hands free use, better receivers, with bigger screens of 4+ inches, touchscreens for input are some of the features available in the top end models.

The devices available for selection of the best cheap or budget car GPS is displayed below based on their increasing prices.


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Garmin nuvi 2597LMT
Garmin Nuvi 2495LMT
Magellan 5045T-EU GPS Receiver
Magellan RoadMate RV9145
Garmin nuvi 2497LMT
Garmin nuvi 2597LMT Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS
Garmin Nuvi 2495LMT - 4.4 in. Handheld GPS Receiver
Magellan 5045T-EU GPS Receiver
Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM GPS Receiver
Garmin nuvi 2497LMT Portable Vehicle GPS
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Sep 2011
May 2011
Jan 2012
Jan 2013
Designation
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Map capabilities
Internal
Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal, Download maps
Form Factor
Portable
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Portable
Input Method
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Keypad
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Screen Size
5.0 inch
4.3 inch
5.0 inch
7.0 inch
4.3 inch
User interface
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Keypad
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Average Rating
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 4.2 stars