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Top 5 Car GPS Devices


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Magellan Maestro 4350
The Magellan Maestro 4350
The Magellan Maestro 4350
Courtesy of Magellan

Magellan's programmable One Touch Interface gets a lot of praise from reviewers. It lets you compile a list of favorite destinations, then select the destination of your choice simply by tapping its entry on the touch screen. It's a time saver that drivers will appreciate if they frequently have to choose between navigating to work, home and several favorite shopping places. The 4.3-inch (10.9-centimeter) display with adjustable backlighting wins points for being sharp and easy to read. If you enter destinations using the on-screen keypad, a spell checker will make sure you've typed everything correctly. Rounding out the features are Bluetooth integration, an MP3 player that will play music from SD cards, and an FM transmitter that streams audio to your car's radio.

The system has an integrated American Automobile Association (AAA) Tourbook Guide, which not only lists thousands of AAA-approved destinations, but will provide the data necessary for contacting AAA in case of emergency, including the local AAA phone number and full information about your location. The MSRP for the Magellan Maestro 4350 is $499, but similar to the other models, it's available for substantially less.