GPS units have become an essential addition to any car since they were invented 20 years ago. Now they are loaded with extra features and come in an array of sizes, making it difficult to decide which unit to purchase. One affordable choice is the Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS. This GPS navigation system will get users where they need to go with minimal stress.
Features of the Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch
For those looking for a GPS that takes up less dashboard space, the Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch is an excellent choice. The GPS stays up to date with up to four map updates per year and provides on-screen pictures of exits as they approach.
- Detailed maps of Lower 49 States includes Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthemelemy, Jamaca
- Free lifetime map updates up to 4 times per year
- Millions of points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, parking, entertainment, fuel, shopping and more
- 3-inch (480 x 272 pixels) display with white backlight
- Features include Lane Assist with Junction View, Route Avoidance and Where am I
Pros and Cons
The Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch Vehicule GPS is a great option overall to consider. The lifetime maps are mentioned by many reviewers as a huge bonus – instead of paying for a map update each time one is needed, the price of this Garmin includes all updates needed. The GPS is fast, with no lags when the screens switch, and it acquires satellites quickly as well. When map updates are needed, it downloads quickly. If drivers take a wrong turn, instead of saying “recalculating,” the GPS automatically readjusts and calculates the quickest way to get back on track.
Most of the negative reviews, contrary to the large number of positive reviews, say the Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch struggles with directions and takes them to the wrong place. Many reviewers also say the GPS takes them on a route that is roundabout, instead of taking the fastest, most direct route. Most of these complaints could be due to incorrect settings on the GPS. One reviewer also complained that there was only female voices available – however, more voices are available for download online.
If you want to check out some other options before making a decision, we recommend reading our reviews of the Garmin nüvi 2595LMT 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator or the TomTom VIA 1605TM 6-Inch GPS Navigator, which are both extremely popular units.
Who will like this GPS?
Most buyers will like the Garmin nuvi 42LM. It does what it is designed to do with minimal error, it is reasonably priced. The touchscreen interface is easy to use – with a white backlight and color screen, it is easy to see in any kind of light.
With the large number of GPS units available on the market, it can be confusing to decide which one to purchase. For those looking for a simple, reasonable unit, the Garmin nuvi 42LM 4.3-Inch is a good option.