GPS car navigation review Nov 2009

Find the best GPS system for both city and country driving, whether in a car or on a motorcycle.
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Test results for 15 GPS systems, priced from $159 to $999

(See our GPS reviews for the most up-to-date models). Most car owners have a street directory, but it's hard to beat the convenience of a GPS. This pocket-sized device can direct you to virtually any address in your capital city, as well as most rural destinations.

CHOICE tested 12 car GPS devices and three devices designed for motorbikes, in both city and country locations. Unfortunately, our testing has found performance drops off once you leave the city.

Please note: this information was current as of November 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. For more recent information, see our 2012 Car GPS review.

Brands and models tested


  • Garmin nüvi 1250
  • Garmin nüvi 1350
  • Garmin nüvi 1390
  • Kogan Ezinav
  • Mio A350
  • Mio A430
  • Navig8r G35
  • Navman MY30
  • Navman MY500XT
  • Navman MY55T
  • Tom Tom ONE 140
  • Tom Tom XL 340

Motorbike GPS

  • Garmin zūmo 550
  • Go Cruise S350 (ALDI)
  • Tom Tom Rider 2nd edition. 

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Video: How we test GPS units

CHOICE puts a collection of GPS navigation units through their paces.



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