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Garmin nüvi® 2559LMT

Portable navigator with free lifetime map and traffic updates

Item # 1502559LMT

Garmin's nüvi 2559LMT portable navigator is part of their Advanced Series, which means it comes ready to...

Garmin's nüvi 2559LMT portable navigator is part of their Advanced Series, which means it comes ready to...

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About the Garmin nüvi® 2559LMT

The road is wide open on both sides of the Atlantic

Garmin's nüvi 2559LMT portable navigator is part of their Advanced Series, which means it comes ready to deliver exceptional guidance with a wealth of features that'll impress even the most jaded road warrior. And if you find yourself driving in Europe on occasion, this navigator is a great way to ensure you're on the right path.

The road is wide open on both sides of the Atlantic

Garmin's nüvi 2559LMT portable navigator is part of their Advanced Series, which means it comes ready to deliver exceptional guidance with a wealth of features that'll impress even the most jaded road warrior. And if you find yourself driving in Europe on occasion, this navigator is a great way to ensure you're on the right path.

The navigator starts off with a gorgeous 5" touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability, housed in a surprisingly thin chassis. Instant traffic alerts and free map updates keep your travels timely, while Bluetooth® connectivity and social media check-ins allow instant connections to the world outside your vehicle. You can also wirelessly connect to Garmin's free smartphone app to get valuable real-time local information.

Garmin nuvi 2559LMT portable navigator

Find it via Foursquare®

Foursquare's crowd-sourced database of points of interest breathes new life into tired directories of where to stop for gas, food, lodging, or shopping. When you look for points of interest on the nüvi 2559LMT, you'll see the most relevant Foursquare results at the top of the search bar, so you'll know each destination is verified by actual users. If you've got your nüvi paired with Garmin's Smartphone Link (see below), you'll also see helpful info such as ratings, hours, and price range displayed on the nüvi's screen. And if you're a Foursquare user yourself, you can check in nearly anywhere through the navigator when it's paired with your phone.

Accurate guidance to your destination's doorstep

Most portable navigators leave you on your own once they've gotten you to the general vicinity of your destination, which can be a real hassle when you're trying to find a specific store in a mall or the correct gate at an airport. Garmin's Direct Access feature helps you find your way to specific points at select malls, airports, and universities, so you don't have to search helplessly once you've gotten to the general area. It'll even help you get through parking lots to get you as close to your exact destination as possible, giving business travelers an edge when it's time to rent a car.

Sweet smartphone compatibility

Smartphone users can download Garmin's free Smartphone Link app to their device and connect to the nüvi 2559LMT. When paired, the navigator can use your phone's existing data plan to share information such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. You can then use your phone to give you step-by-step directions back to your car in a large parking lot, for example, or import destinations to your navigator from your phone.

You can also launch Garmin Live Services from the app, which give you local weather reports, live traffic updates, real-time photos from traffic cameras, area gas prices, and locations and rates for nearby parking lots and garages. Some Garmin Live Services require a subscription. Data charges may apply for using Smartphone Link — you'll want to check with your service provider.

Cues you'll recognize

The nüvi 2559LMT offers Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice, a combination that helps keep you relaxed as you drive. Real Directions voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time. With Real Voice technology, you'll hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll comprehend readily.

Maps of North America and Europe

The nüvi 2559LMT's bright 5" display makes it easy to follow along, and you can view its maps in either portrait or landscape orientation. You'll have access to preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and several Caribbean islands, along with millions of points of interest; you can even add your own favorite destinations. You can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus. Speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads help keep you in check, and you'll even be notified of school zones in the United States.

The screen's pinch-to-zoom interface lets you scale and move the map easily for the best view. And with one tap of the screen, you can pull up details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more. You also get up to four free map updates per year to keep you current on road changes.

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Quick info at a glance

Garmin incorporates several other helpful visual tools to keep you on the correct path:

  • Active Lane Guidance shows you colored arrows for the correct lane for an upcoming turn.
  • Bird's Eye junction view gives you a detailed look at complicated interchanges from above, to give you a better perspective.
  • photoReal junction view displays realistic images of intersections, including signs and surrounding terrain, along with colored arrows for the correct lane.

You'll see all three visual features in a split-screen with your overall route so you won't lose sight of what's further down the road. This Garmin's also compatible with the optional Garmin BC 30 wireless rear-view camera, so you can add an extra layer of safety when you're backing out of your driveway.

Avoid traffic delays

The nüvi 2559LMT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which covers a bevy of roads and delivers reports rapidly. Garmin Traffic incorporates data from active devices on the road, historical traffic patterns, and other factors like construction, concerts, and sporting events to give you a comprehensive look at congestion in most American metropolitan areas, including a few cities in Canada. Best of all, you won't have to pay any extra charges for this service over the life of your nüvi.


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • nüMaps Lifetime subscription (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, mini-USB cable and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2 hours of life
Navigation Features:
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) dual-orientation display with pinch-to-zoom touchscreen control
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • includes Foursquare points of interest (with ratings when connected to smartphone via Smartphone Link)
  • preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus most of Europe, Mexico, and several major Caribbean islands
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • Direct Access provides door-to-door directions to destinations within select malls, airports, and universities
  • Real Directions gives instructions using landmarks, buildings, and traffic signals
  • Real Voice announces directions in human-like voice
  • trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
  • Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts
  • Bird's Eye and photoReal junction views
  • speed limit and school zone indicators
  • Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto
  • Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • allows Foursquare check-ins via connected smartphone
  • works with Garmin Smartphone Link app for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • microSD™ card slot
  • compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the box:

  • Portable GPS navigation device (w/5.0" LCD)
  • Universal bracket mount
  • Suction cup mount
  • TA10 Car charger with attached 65" cable (Mini-B 2.0 USB plug)
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • "Welcome" sheet (graphic quick start guide)
  • Important Safety and Product Information
  • Smartphone Link promo sheet

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More details on the Garmin nüvi® 2559LMT

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Features & specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, MX, PR, USVI, EU
Points of Interest Millions
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information Garmin Traffic
Dynamic Content Services With Smartphone Link
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 2 hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Garmin nüvi® 2559LMT replaces these items:

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General Features
Navigation Features

General Features

Overview: The Garmin nüvi 2559LMT, part of the Advanced Series, is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates and free lifetime map updates. With built-in Bluetooth, you can make and receive hands-free phone calls through a Bluetooth-enabled phone, plus receive live services through a free Smartphone Link app.

5" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 2559LMT features a 5" color TFT capacitive touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. It has multi-touch capability, which allows you to "pinch to zoom" in and out. The display can be set to either landscape or portrait orientation in the menu.

Preloaded Maps: The nüvi 2559LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2015 maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas. The unit also has City Navigator Europe NTU 2015.10 with coverage for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales,  Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, and Eastern Europe.

Foursquare: The unit's POI database contains location information on millions of points-of-interest, including businesses, stores, restaurants, hotels, and other destinations. The database now includes information from Foursquare, a local search and discovery service, that provides personalized recommendations based on your current location.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nüvi 2559LMT offers free lifetime map updates so you'll always have the most up-to-date maps, POIs, and navigation information. Map updates are available for download up to 4 times a year with no subscription or update fees and no expiration dates. Free Lifetime Map Updates are subject to Terms & Conditions.

Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. You will need to download the Garmin Express software to update your maps and register the unit. Garmin Express requires Windows Vista or newer or Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, running in 64-bit.

Bluetooth: The nüvi 2559LMT has built-in Bluetooth technology. This allows you to sync the unit with a Bluetooth-enabled device for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. You can make and receive phone calls as long as the devices are within 33 feet and paired.

microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 2559LMT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional cityXplorer or marine maps (available from Garmin), or download and store custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.

Power Requirements: The Garmin nüvi 2559LMT is powered by your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter. The built-in Lithium-Ion battery will provide up to 2 hours of use after a 4-hour charge. The unit can be powered or charged by your computer when it is connected via the supplied USB cable.

Compatibility: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. The 2559LMT is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Navigation Features

Garmin Real Directions: The nüvi 2559LMT features Garmin Real Directions with easy-to-understand driving directions using recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights, in addition to street names.

Note: The voice prompts are available in several languages in the menu. In order to hear the street names spoken, you must select a voice that speaks "Garmin Real Directions."

Smartphone Link: Smartphone Link is a phone application that allows the device to download live data using your phone's data connection, and transferring the data wirelessly via Bluetooth. The free Garmin Smartphone Link app provides access to Garmin Live Services, which includes free and subscription-based plans for viewing traffic data, weather, dynamic parking, and fuel prices. Garmin Smartphone Link is available for iPhone (4S and later) in the App Store and for some Android devices in the Google Play store.

Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. It uses one of the most extensive traffic avoidance systems to check traffic conditions more than 2 billion times a month. The traffic updates appear to the side of the map, so your driving map remains onscreen at all times. The updates can give you details about the situation, including the estimated length of the delay. Free Lifetime Garmin Traffic requires no subscription or activation, and is subject to Terms & Conditions.

Note: Traffic updates are available in approximately 136 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons will be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.

Optional Garmin HD Digital Traffic: When you add the optional Garmin GTM60 HD Digital Traffic receiver, you will receive updates as often as every 30 seconds over the HD Radio system, more than 10 times more often than other analog traffic receivers. Garmin HD Digital Traffic is available in approximately 125 metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.

Points of Interest: The built-in maps include millions of Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs to help you find the destination you desire. In addition, you can download additional points of interest and add them to the unit's memory (Custom POIs). The free POI Loader software can be downloaded from the Garmin website to assist you in creating Custom POIs.

Active Lane Guidance: Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts lets you know in advance which lane you should to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the nüvi 2559LMT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal Junction View, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and brightly-colored arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation.

Map View Options: You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.

Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road or street, the speed limit is displayed on the screen alongside of the vehicle's speed display. If you are exceeding the speed limit, the color of the vehicle speed indication changes to red. If the highway's posted speed limit has changed since the last map update, you can change the speed limit display on the unit.

Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you touch the vehicle icon on the map screen, the "Where Am I?" feature provides the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.

Map Tools: The nüvi 2559LMT offers a customizable menu of Map Tools that are available with a single touch:

  • Stop: Lets you stop navigation at any time. (Blanked out when not navigating an active route.)
  • Change Route: Helps you find a different route to your destination. (Blanked out when not navigating an active route.)
  • Up Ahead: As you travel, the Up Ahead feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas, food, lodging, restrooms, parking, and banks and ATMs. The locations are shown as icons, some with brand logos, and when the icons are touched on the screen, details of the services are displayed, and you are given the opportunity to navigate to that address.
  • Trip Data: Indicates along the right edge the Trip A odometer reading, along with the average moving speed and total moving time.
  • Volume: Lets you quickly adjust the volume of the voice prompts, or mute the sound. Volume control disappears after about 10 seconds.
  • Brightness: Lets you adjust the brightness of the display. (Disappears after about 10 seconds.)
  • Traffic: Searches for available traffic information.

Last Spot: To assist you in finding your parked vehicle, the Last Spot feature saves your location to memory when you remove the device from the windshield mounting cradle while the device is on. You can search for your vehicle's location using the Last Spot button in the menu.

Destination Search: When the Where To? button is pressed, you can use the search tools to find your destination and plan your route. The search tools allow you to search for cities, addresses, intersections, or coordinates. The new Search Bar lets you directly enter a category, brand name, address, or city name. The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can quickly find a previous destination.

Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of eight standard icons to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Garage offers dozens more vehicle icons, voices, and dashboards that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles with Star Wars (Yoda, Darth Vader), Sesame Street (Oscar, Cookie Monster, Ernie & Bert), and The Simpsons (Homer and Marge) themes. With the Garmin Voice Studio, you can record your own voice prompts.

trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the nüvi 2559LMT automatically records historic traffic data and uses that data to calculate more efficient routes. This information is sent to Garmin when you connect your device to myGarmin (your personal account site on the Garmin website) using your computer. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or the time of day.

myTrends: In addition to the trafficTrends feature, myTrends also takes into account your personal driving habits and anticipates your route when calculating your ETA to your frequent destinations.

Trip Planner: You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.

Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.

Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.

GPS Simulator: When indoors, you can activate the built-in GPS simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites, saving battery power.

ecoRoute: The optional ecoRoute feature calculates the fuel economy and the fuel price of navigating to a destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The ecoRoute application can be purchased from the Garmin Online Store.

Garmin Mechanic: This device is compatible with Garmin Mechanic with ecoRoute HD, which gives you real-time automotive diagnostic information right on the LCD screen. By connecting to your vehicle's OBD II port, you can monitor your vehicle's performance, providing detailed information on fuel efficiency, engine diagnostics, and sensor and gauge data. Garmin Mechanic with ecoRoute HD is compatible with most 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States. See Garmin's incompatible vehicles list for more information.

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Customer Q&A

6 questions already asked

What are the diffences between the nuvi 2559 and the nuvi 2689?
[ Ivor P.  May 31, 2016 ]
1 answer
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  May 31, 2016 ]  Staff
Is the nuvi 2559 an older model? If I want European maps this seems like to best choice, but am I giving up some new technology vs the new Drive series? (For which I would have to buy extra maps from Garmin.)
[ WILLIAM  May 10, 2016 ]
1 answer
This model was introduced in the fall of 2014. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  May 10, 2016 ]  Staff
What countries in Europe are included?
[ Norm  Jul 23, 2015 ]
5 answers
We bought this Garmin in June 2015 and have used it in the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech republic and Sweden. It has worked perfect everywhere!
[ Eva  Jul 27, 2015 ]
[ ANDREW Z.  Jul 25, 2015 ]
I have only used it in the UK. I believe it covers all of Europe. The European Union countries. In the UK having the coordinates vs street names was helpful many times.
[ Scott  Jul 24, 2015 ]
[ Frank  Jul 24, 2015 ]
Almost all Europe
[ Jorge  Jul 23, 2015 ]
Does the free life time map updates include the Europe maps that come pre-loaded or just the U.S. maps?
[ Maxx  Apr 27, 2015 ]
4 answers
All maps
[ Jorge  Apr 28, 2015 ]
Before I selected this model, I talked with a Garmin rep by phone who said both map upgrades are included.
[ Thomas  Apr 28, 2015 ]
Lifetime updates on Europe and US. I did updates before i left on vacation and had no problems in Italy.
[ CYNTHIA J  Apr 28, 2015 ]
Yes. Europe and us.
[ KAYE  Apr 28, 2015 ]
are the most up to date maps for Portugal on the unite when i receive it or do i need to go to an update ?
[ Barry  Mar 30, 2015 ]
2 answers
I just received my Nuvi 2559 a week ago. Had to go to this web site:my garmin . com follow instructions and download the software, registered your garmin. I then had it update software and maps. I don't know what maps were updated specifically. I would assume all of them. The map update takes a while. :)
[ Jeffrey  Apr 01, 2015 ]
Barry I have not used it in the UK or Portugal yet but it is user friendly and comes with Garmin Express to assist with tech issues. I believe it is up to date And it offers updating during initially setting it uo
[ Scott  Mar 31, 2015 ]
how can i remove the restaurant icons on my garmin?
[ john  Mar 14, 2015 ]
2 answers
Go to Settings>Map and Vehicle>scroll down to Map Layers, and uncheck "Up Ahead" Instructions are also on page 7 of the user guide under "Customizing The Map Layers"
[ GLENN  Mar 16, 2015 ]
From your start screen or front screen select 'Settings' Next select 'Map & Vehicle' Scoll down and select 'Map Layers' Uncheck 'Up Ahead Places' or click on the arrowhead and you can customize 'Up Ahead' from the following: restaurants, gas stations, banks & ATMs, parking, rest areas and lodgin. It appears you can only select up to three (when there's a check to the right, that item will show up. I leave 'Up Ahead Places' unchecked since I don't use this feature to find the items contained in this feature.
[ PHILIP  Mar 15, 2015 ]

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