Garmin Nüvi 2597LMT Review- Lifetime Maps Traffic Bluetooth 5 Inch Vehicle GPS

A power packed GPS navigator that doesn’t break the bank. This is the short description of Garmin nüvi 2597LMT. Similar models from both Garmin and TomTom may cost $100 extra or even more. And if you thought that a hi-tech smartphone will do the job better than nüvi 2597LMT, I will have to disagree. The assumption could have been true when the opponent was a navigator from the budget segment (under $100 ones). But this one is a special class.


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A closer model to nüvi 2597LMT is TomTom VIA 1605M GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps. However, Garmin stays ahead in several key features. It belongs to the Advanced series from Garmin and includes many top-class features such as “Directions”, Active lane guidance, prompt traffic announcements, Lifetime traffic updates, Voice commands and Bluetooth that allows hands-free calling feature.

What’s in the construction

Nuvi 2597LMT has the following size-  5.4 inchesX3.3 inchesX0.76 inches. The total weight of the navigator comes down to 6.6 ounces.  2597LMT is is definitely thicker  compared to other recent models that the company has launched. If you are someone who keeps on changing navigators from time to time, then the difference is hardly noticeable because the back panel seems to be rounded off and tapered.

The mounting system is similar to TomTom navigator. The back side of the unit is in direct contact with the new plastic mount.  There is also a new locking ring so that customers do not have to snap in the device directly in the Mount as it was being done previously.
However, I would like to say that the magic of magnetic mount is definitely missing. Voice commands are delivered via mono speaker and back panel also contains a Mini-USB charger port.  Another issue that you may refer to as problematic is that the power cable is directly connected to the device. I as a customer would prefer a cable that connects directly to the mount.

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Features at a glance

  • No subscription required for the traffic feature
  • Detailed Maps with free updates
  • Touch screen interface (5 Inch) has dual orientation and easy to use
  • Easily connect with your smartphone and share the data plan
  • Search for local information
  • Birds eye view (photo-real feature) of junctions for easy Lane changing
  • Garmin real voice guide  that uses prominent landmarks in the neighbourhood
  • Up Ahead Feature-Important details such as restaurants, gas stations etc displayed well in advance
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Lifetime maps and traffic- Lifetime traffic antenna USB cable


More info for the nüvi 2597LMT  Portable Vehicle GPS

The one thing that I like about this device is that the 5-inch display works perfectly well whether you are in the horizontal or vertical mode. The screen resolution is okay with 480 by 272 pixels ( I would prefer a little bit more)

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Performance and settings

When it comes to routing performance Garmin leaves no stone unturned. You can expect excellence navigation qualities at all times. The 3D graphics of junctions may not seem to be well-crafted in nature, but they are comfortable to use and provide relevant information all the time. A good little feature is the current speed indicator that helps you to avoid fines in  speed restriction zones. Tap on the touch screen on the current speed indicator and it will immediately pop out the important information regarding your trip.
The 2597LMT navigator lets you choose the fastest possible route while displaying various traffic conditions. The decision making is really easy to do because the voice prompts are crisp and clear. You can have both 3D and 2D  Lane assistance view. The 3D photo-realistic view is nice, but more improvements will definitely come in in the near future

What is Garmin Traffic?

The vehicle GPS unit comes with a feature Garmin Traffic. When using this feature the driving map remains in front of you at all times. Both text and voice traffic alerts appear on the screen and you can quickly get various details about the current traffic conditions. (possible delays and route change suggestions)

Maps with Free Updates is a plus point

The detailed maps of North America (there is a European version too) are already installed. Free Lifetime map updates ensure that you have the latest maps at all time. New points of interest also periodically added.  You can click on a particular point of interest and the navigator shows you the exact route to drive there.

What’s in the box when you order

  • Garmin nüvi 2597LMT Portable Vehicle GPS unit – 1
  • Free Lifetime Maps and Traffic Updates
  • Power cable for vehicle (Also acts as Traffic Antenna)
  • Suction-based Cup Mounting for the vehicle
  • USB cable for connecting the device
  • Maps for North America already installed- European Version also available
  • Quick start guide-manual

The product has 4.3 stars on Amazon and stands in the bestseller list. With low price tag for the new model and the presence of Garmin Certified Refurbished unit (works like new) and free lifetime map updates plus traffic along with graphic features, you can rest assured about Garmin nüvi 2597LMT’s value for money. Invest in a good data plan for your smartphone and connected to the navigator to enjoy seamless uninterrupted navigation services.

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