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Garmin Drive™ 51LM

Portable navigator with 5" screen

Item # 150DR51LM

Are you constantly on the go? Garmin's Drive 51LM portable navigator can help you find your way to...

Are you constantly on the go? Garmin's Drive 51LM portable navigator can help you find your way to...

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About the Garmin Drive™ 51LM

Lifetime map updates for your travel needs

Are you constantly on the go? Garmin's Drive 51LM portable navigator can help you find your way to unfamiliar destinations with friendly, intuitive guidance, and it boasts a number of travel-tested extras. Its 5" display is easy to read, and it's much more reliable than your phone in times of need. Advanced driver alerts warn you of potential issues up ahead like sudden speed limit changes and sharp curves, so you'll travel more assuredly. Plus, new TripAdvisor points of interest with ratings help you find the ideal spots for food and lodging. Best of all, you can keep the Drive 51LM's maps current with free lifetime map updates, so you don't have to worry about road changes or moved businesses in the future.

Lifetime map updates for your travel needs

Are you constantly on the go? Garmin's Drive 51LM portable navigator can help you find your way to unfamiliar destinations with friendly, intuitive guidance, and it boasts a number of travel-tested extras. Its 5" display is easy to read, and it's much more reliable than your phone in times of need. Advanced driver alerts warn you of potential issues up ahead like sudden speed limit changes and sharp curves, so you'll travel more assuredly. Plus, new TripAdvisor points of interest with ratings help you find the ideal spots for food and lodging. Best of all, you can keep the Drive 51LM's maps current with free lifetime map updates, so you don't have to worry about road changes or moved businesses in the future.

Garmin Drive 51LM portable navigator

The Drive can warn you about many things up ahead, including railroad crossings.

Maps that won't ever go out of date

The Drive 51LM's 5" color touch display provides access to maps of the contiguous 48 United States and Hawaii, plus Puerto Rico and several Caribbean islands. You'll find millions of preloaded points of interest — including helpful Foursquare and TripAdvisor databases — at your service when you want to get off the road. The Drive 51LM also lets you assign custom points of interest so you can find favorite stops that are a little off the beaten path.

Driver alerts for increased awareness

The Drive 51LM delivers GPS-based alerts for upcoming sharp curves, school zones, red-light and speed cameras, railroad and animal crossings, and more. The navigator will tell you when there's a change in the posted speed limit on major roads and give you a visual warning if you're exceeding it. It can also tell you if you're going the wrong way down a one-way street. The Drive 51LM even activates a driver fatigue warning when it detects long periods of consecutive driving without any extended stops.

A view you can trust

The handsome 5" display makes the navigator's maps easy to see and follow. And you can manually adjust the screen orientation by 90 degrees, if you prefer a lengthwise view that's more in line with your smartphone display. The Drive 51LM's slim profile ensures it won't take up too much real estate, and the advanced rear mount will keep it firmly in place on your windshield.

TripAdvisor® and Foursquare® points of interest

Foursquare's crowd-sourced database of points of interest gives you a whole new take on where to stop for gas, food, lodging, or shopping. When you look for points of interest on the Drive, you'll see the most relevant Foursquare results at the top of the search bar, so you'll know the destination is verified by actual users.

The Drive also includes TripAdvisor ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions which are provided by fellow travelers to this popular platform.

Get to the right spot

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 travelers an edge when it's time to rent a car.

Directions in a friendly voice

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. You'll also hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll comprehend readily.

Stay on the right path

This Garmin announces actual street names at turns, so you'll hear "turn left on Poplar Street" instead of "take the next left." Colored arrows pop up as you approach complicated interchanges and junctions, showing you the proper lane for the next maneuver. To keep you oriented, you'll always have a text reminder of which street you're on.

Find the right destination fast

Garmin's improved search function finds the right destination through addresses and points of interest quickly and accurately.  And with one tap of the screen, the Up Ahead display will pull up details for services that lie ahead, including restaurants, gas stations, and more — all without leaving the map screen. Garmin even includes milestones to help you keep track of how far you have to go.

More Garmin extras

This Garmin's 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. Garmin's trip computer lets you plan trips and record mileage, maximum speed, total time, and more.


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) dual-orientation display with touchscreen control
  • nüMaps Lifetime subscription (receive free map updates as they become available through Garmin's website)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, micro-USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 1 hour of life
Navigation Features:
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • includes TripAdvisor and Foursquare points of interest
  • preloaded with maps for the United States (except Alaska), Puerto Rico, and several 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, with human-like voice announcements
  • Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services and milestones along route
  • lane assistance and junction view
  • current street display
  • speed limit and school zone indicators
  • driver alerts for upcoming sharp curves, red-light and speed cameras, railroad and animal crossings, wrong way on one-way streets, and fatigue warnings
  • trip computer
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto
  • microSD™ card slot
  • compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the box:

  • Portable GPS navigation device with 5" LCD screen
  • Mounting clip (with ball socket)
  • Suction cup mount
  • Car charger with 65" power cable and right-angled Mini-B 2.0 USB connector
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and a Mini-B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Setup/Configuration guide
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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Features & specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (49 HI), PR, USVI
Points of Interest Millions
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information No
Dynamic Content Services None
Removable Memory Type microSD card
Battery Life 1 Hour
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Garmin Drive™ 51LM replaces these items:

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General Features
Navigation Features

General Features

Overview: The Garmin Drive 51LM, part of the 2017 entry-level Garmin Drive series, is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit receives data from overhead global positioning satellites, not cellular signals, for reliable navigation directions. Garmin Drive devices include driver awareness alerts for upcoming hazards such as sharp curves, railroad crossings, school zones, and speed limit changes. It can also provide a fatigue warning after you have driven a long period of time without a significant break. The Drive 51LM features free Lifetime Map Updates.

5" Touchscreen LCD: The Drive 51LM features a 5" (diagonal), dual-orientation, color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The resistive touch screen can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation, and can be switched in the Settings Menu.

Preloaded Maps: The Drive 51LM contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator NT North America "Lower 49" maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Hawaii, but NOT Alaska), plus Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, and Jamaica.

Note: Optional maps are available for this device via microSD card or download directly from

On-screen Owner's Manual: The unit now features the full Garmin owner's manual in its memory, so you can access it at any time.

microSD Card Slot: The Drive 51LM has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.

Universal Mount: The Drive 51LM features a universal mount that holds the unit securely in place, but can be easily removed. The circular Universal Bracket mount clips into the socket on the back of the unit, and fits the ball mount found on Garmin windshield and dash mounts.

Power Requirements: The Garmin Drive 51LM is powered by a built-in Lithium-Ion battery, which will provide up to 1 hour of use when fully charged. The unit comes with a 12-volt DC power adapter for powering and charging the unit while you travel. The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via the supplied mini-B USB cable.

Compatibility: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied mini-B USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. The Drive 51LM is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Navigation Features

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Drive 51LM offers free lifetime map updates (of the preloaded map software) 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.

POIs with TripAdvisor: The built-in maps include millions of Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. Many of the listings show ratings from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. Additional search information sourced from Foresquare. 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.

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.

Garmin Real Directions: The Drive 51LM announces your upcoming maneuvers with a clear spoken voice. Using Garmin Real Directions, the spoken turn-by-turn directions utilize traffic lights and recognizable landmarks to guide you. For example, the unit uses phrases such as "Turn left at the traffic light" or "Turn right at the gas station."

Junction View: While navigating a route on a major roadway, a realistic image of an upcoming junction appears on the screen. Junction View with Lane Assist can help you select the proper lane with brightly colored arrows pointing the way.

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.

Driver Alerts: The Drive 51LM features audible and visual alerts to help you drive more safely and increase situation awareness. Warnings include alerts for Speed Limit Reduction, Speed Limit Exceeded, Slower Traffic, Animal Crossing, Railroad Crossing, School Zones, Red Light and Speed Cameras, and Sharp Curves. Each situation can be selected or deselected in the menu.

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, and gas stations. You can also save the location for future reference.

Up Ahead: As you travel along your route, the Up Ahead feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas stations, restaurants, lodging, rest areas, parking, and banks/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.

Last Spot: To assist you in finding your parked vehicle, the Garmin Locate 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 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.

Vehicle Icons: The unit offers your choice of nine standard icons, such as arrows, sports cars, trucks, and compact cars to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Express offers dozens more vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles that you can load to an optional microSD card.

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 Data: The Trip Data feature is a customizable tool to provide helpful statistics about your trip. Numerous data points can be selected, and three of them displayed on the main map screen. Selectable data points include: dual trip odometers (Trip A/Trip B), Direction, Current Speed, Maximum Speed, Moving Average Speed, Overall Average Speed, Stopped time, Moving Time, Total Time, Time of Day, Elevation, Location Coordinates, and GPS accuracy.

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.

Optional Backup Camera: You can add the optional Garmin BC30 wireless backup camera to the Drive 51LM, allowing you to view on the screen what's behind your vehicle when it is in reverse.

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3 questions already asked

Will work in Puerto Rico?
[ Nancy  Jan 17, 2019 ]
3 answers
This unit comes preloaded with maps of Puerto Rico and is ready to be used there! My Bio:
[ Paul  Jan 21, 2019 ]  Staff
I don't really know.
[ Larry  Jan 20, 2019 ]
I'm sorry, I've never been to Puerto Rico so I do not know if it will work there. I would check downloadable maps.
[ Deborah  Jan 20, 2019 ]
Can window suction mount be attached to a dash mount pad?
[ A  May 30, 2018 ]
1 answer
If I understand, you are asking if the window suction cup would stick to the dash paneling instead of the window. If this is correct, then it can as long as the dash panel is smooth like the windshield and there is no polish or cleaner residue on the dash panel. If I misunderstood the question, then I suggest calling an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for help on this. My Bio:
[ Paul  Jun 11, 2018 ]  Staff
how many destinations can be loaded?
[ ron  May 21, 2017 ]
1 answer
Using the Garmin's "Trip Planner" feature, you can plan your trip by entering multiple destinations. There is no listed limit to the number of destinations you can enter. The device can also automatically optimize the order of destinations in your trip to create a shorter, more efficient route. The starting location and final destination are not changed when you optimize the order. I hope that helps. My Bio:
[ Ryan  May 26, 2017 ]  Staff

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