GPS for Trucks

Finding the right GPS for trucks is a challenge.  Some of the truck systems are laptop based such as the CoPilot® Truck.  Others are stand alone units such as the Teletype World Nav 7200 or the Goodyear GY500X, or the Garmin GPS units.

While reading the various blogs and reviews about truck GPS units, the common opinion is there is no perfect GPS.  Route rules change quickly and this information is not updated in the GPS data bases quickly enough to keep you out of trouble.  Truckers must still watch for signs and warnings since the GPS may not cover them all.

The table below compares three Garmin GPS that are used on trucks.  Only the Nuvi 465T is specifically designed for trucks.  The Streetpilot 7200 and the Nuvi 5000 are used on trucks since they have larger screens that are easier to read at a distance.  The 7200 has a 7 inch screen and the Nuvi 5000 has a 5.2 inch screen.

The comparison table below compares these three units side by side.  If there are differences for a particular feature, that line is highlighted in yellow so you can study the differences.  The information in this table comes from the Garmin website.

GPS for Trucks Comparison Table

GPS for trucks Streetpilot 7200 Nuvi 5000 Nuvi 465T
Name and List Price StreetPilot® 7200;$ 799.99 USD;- $ 1174.29 USD nüvi® 5000;$ 499.99 USD nüvi® 465T;$ 499.99 USD
Unit dimensions, WxHxD 7.5"W x 4.5"H x 2.2"D (18.4 x 11.6 x 5.6 cm) 5.65"W x 3.71"H x.8"D (14.35 x 9.42 x 2.03 cm) 4.8"W x 2.9"H x.8"D (12.2 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm)
Display size, WxH 6.10"W x 3.43"H (15.5 x 8.7 cm) 4.5"W x 2.7"H (11.4 x 6.9 cm), 5.2" diag (13.2 cm) 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm), 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 480 x 234 pixels 800 x 480 pixels 480 x 272 pixels
Display type 7" color TFT with automatic dimming backlight WVGA color TFT with auto dimming backlight WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
Weight 1.4 lbs. (635 g) 9.29 ounces (263.3 g) 6.1 ounces (172.93 g)
Battery no no rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life external power only external power only up to 4 hours
Waterproof no no no
High-sensitivity receiver no yes yes
RoHS version available yes yes yes
Preloaded maps yes yes yes
Ability to add maps yes yes yes
Built-in memory internal solid state internal solid state internal solid state
Waypoints/favorites/locations 2000 3000 1000
Routes 50 10 15
Basemap yes yes yes
Accepts data cards SD™ card (not included) SD™ card (not included) SD™ card (not included)
Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") yes (internal speaker) yes (internal dual speakers) yes (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") yes yes yes
Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands) no no no
Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation) no no yes
3-D building view (displays buildings in 3-D) no no no
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route) yes yes yes
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation) yes yes yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road) yes yes yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.) yes yes yes
GPS for trucks Streetpilot 7200 Nuvi 5000 Nuvi 465T
Bluetooth® wireless technology (connect to your phone for hands-free calling) no no yes
Garmin nüLink! Services: (receive accurate real-time travel information) NA NA NA
FM traffic compatible yes yes yes (receiver and lifetime traffic included)
MSN® Direct compatible no yes no
XM® Navtraffic & Radio for U.S. compatible yes no no
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads) no no yes
Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection) no yes yes
Garmin Locate™ (marks position when removed from windshield mount) no no no
ecoRoute™ (calculates a more fuel-efficient route) no no no
Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout) yes yes yes
Multimode (switches modes to drive, hike, bike or boat) no no no
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) yes yes yes
Garmin Garage™ vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device) no yes yes
Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device) no yes yes
Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos) no yes yes
World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator no no yes
Picture viewer no yes yes
MP3 player yes yes no
Audio book player yes yes no
FM transmitter yes yes no
Headphone jack/audio line-out yes yes no
Remote control yes no no
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature) no yes yes
Touchscreen yes yes yes
Dead reckoning no no no
Motorcycle-friendly no no no
Trucking-friendly no no yes
Marine-friendly no no no
Geocaching-friendly no no no
Additional NA This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows® XP or newer and Mac® OS X 10.4 or later. This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows® 2000 or later and Mac® OS X 10.4 or later.
GPS for trucks Streetpilot 7200 Nuvi 5000 Nuvi 465T
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