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Garmin Drive™ 52 & Traffic

Portable navigator with 5" screen

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Our take on the Garmin Drive™ 52 & Traffic

Garmin's Drive 52 & Traffic portable navigator boasts free lifetime traffic reports to help keep you out of jams. That alone should have you clicking the "Add to Cart" button right now, but there's even more about this device to love. It has a no-nonsense 5" display, reliable map coverage north of the Rio Grande, and driver alerts to keep you abreast of potential road hazards. Free map updates ensure your data stays current, so you can drive without worry.

Trust a Garmin to get you there

Garmin's Drive 52 & Traffic portable navigator boasts free lifetime traffic reports to help keep you out of jams. That alone should have you clicking the "Add to Cart" button right now, but there's even more about this device to love. It has a no-nonsense 5" display, reliable map coverage north of the Rio Grande, and driver alerts to keep you abreast of potential road hazards. Free map updates ensure your data stays current, so you can drive without worry.

Garmin DriveSmart 52 & Traffic portable GPS navigator

Travel easy in the U.S. and Canada with a 5" display leading the way

The finger-friendly screen gives you access to preloaded maps of the all 50 states and Canada, along with millions of points of interest. You can even add your own favorite destinations. You can select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus. And with one tap of the screen, you can view "Up Ahead" details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more.

Garmin Traffic helps you avoid delays

This Drive features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which covers a wide selection of roads and delivers reports in a hurry. 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 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 Drive.

Stay in the know with driver alerts

The Drive 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.

Hear directions like you would give them

Voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using a personable, human-sounding voice to describe easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time.

HISTORY® Network, TripAdvisor®, and Foursquare® points of interest

Got a hankering for some learning as you travel? Garmin teamed up with the HISTORY Network to guide you to notable historic sites that you might otherwise miss. You also get a U.S. national parks directory so you can find places to relax and take in scenic views or some recreational activities.

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. 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.

Stay on track with helpful assistants

Garmin incorporates Active Lane Guidance with colored arrows for the correct lane to make an upcoming turn. Junction view displays more realistic images of select intersections, including signage, to give you a better idea of which lane you should be following. You'll see these 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.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen display
  • preloaded with maps for the United States and Canada
  • receive free map updates as they become available using the Garmin Express software suite (available on Garmin's website)
  • includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info (no phone required)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, mini-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)
  • points-of-interest extras include:
    • The HISTORY Network
    • Foursquare (with check-in when connected to smartphone via Garmin Drive app)
    • TripAdvisor (with ratings when connected to smartphone via Garmin Drive app)
    • U.S. National Parks directory
  • 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
  • lane guidance with junction view
  • speed limit and school zone indicators
  • Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
  • driver alerts include:
    • upcoming sharp curves
    • red-light and speed cameras
    • railroad and animal crossings
    • wrong way on one-way streets
    • fatigue warnings
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto
Expandability:
  • microSD™ card slot
  • compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the Box:

  • Portable navigation device with 5" LCD screen
  • Circular mount clip
  • Suction cup mount
  • TA10 Car charger and traffic antenna with 65" DC output cord (Mini-B USB plug)
  • 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

Very pleased with the Garmin and its performance. Have only used it 2 times so far and really like the unit vs. the Nuvi 350 I had.

Joe, Wilmington, NC

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Garmin Drive™ 52 & Traffic Reviews

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(2 Reviews)

Excellent Performance

Joe from Wilmington, NC on 3/14/2019

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Very pleased with the Garmin and its performance. Have only used it 2 times so far and really like the unit vs. the Nuvi 350 I had.

Pros: Larger than what I had previously

Cons: None so far

Garmin Drive™ 52 & Traffic

Crutchfield customer from Casper, WY on 2/7/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bo at Crutchfield knew his GPS products. All is fine with me.

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Features and Specs

Features
Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CAN
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 US and Canada
Dynamic Content Services None
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 1 Hour
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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General Features
Navigation Features

General Features

Overview: The Garmin Drive 52 & Traffic, part of the 2019 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. The Drive 52 & Traffic features free Lifetime Map Updates, as well as Lifetime Garmin Traffic.

5" Touchscreen LCD: The Drive 52 & Traffic features a 5" (diagonal) color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The display has both day and night modes, which are switchable manually or automatically. You can also choose a display timeout of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes, or none.

Preloaded Maps: The Drive 52 & Traffic contains Here's (formerly NAVTEQ) City Navigator NT North America maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. In addition, the loaded maps include a list of notable historic sites from the History Channel, TripAdvisor traveler ratings, and millions of points-of-interest from Foresquare.

Note: Optional maps are available for this device via microSD card or download directly from Garmin.com/express. Garmin Express requires Windows 7 (SP1) and up, or Mac OS X 10.11 or newer.

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 52 & Traffic has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional maps (available from Garmin). You can use a microSD card up to 32 GB.

Optional Backup Camera: You can add the optional Garmin BC30 wireless backup camera to the Drive 52 & Traffic, allowing you to view on the screen what's behind your vehicle when it is in reverse.

Universal Mount: The Drive 52 & Traffic 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 52 & Traffic 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 52 & Traffic is viewable as a USB Mass Storage device, compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Navigation Features

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Drive 52 & Traffic 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.

Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. The Garmin Traffic receiver is built into the Drive 52 & Traffic, which includes the TA10 traffic antenna and car charger. No smartphone is required for this service. The device uses Here (formerly NAVTEQ) Real-Time RDS Traffic coverage, which collects, processes, and distributes real-time traffic conditions, and refreshes the traffic data every 5 minutes. 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. Alternate routes may be suggested to help steer you clear of construction zones or accidents ahead.

Note: Traffic updates are available for interstates and major highways in and around approximately 92 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Use of a car charger/traffic antenna other than the included TA10 or optional TA20 will result in the loss of traffic information. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons may be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.

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.

History Channel POIs: The Drive 52 & Traffic includes data from the History Channel on hundreds of historic points-of-interest. The data includes pictures and descriptions of historical monuments, parks, historic sites, and museums.

National Parks Directory: The device includes a directory of U.S. National Parks. The directory includes turn-by-turn directions to the parks, including information and directions to campgrounds, visitor centers, picnic areas, and trailheads.

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 52 & Traffic 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 52 & Traffic features audible and visual alerts to help you drive more safely and increase situation awareness. Warnings include alerts for Animal Crossing, Railroad Crossing, School Zones, and Sharp Curves. Each situation can be selected or deselected in the menu. There are also Speeding Alerts, Break Planning for long trips, and Proximity Alerts.

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.

Avoidances: In the Navigation menu, you can customize your route to avoid specific obstacles or highway features. The list of avoidances includes U-turns, Highways, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, and Unpaved Roads. You can select each one individually. You can also enter custom avoidances, such as specific areas or roads. Toll roads can be allowed or avoided, or you can choose to be asked each time before routing through a toll area.

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.

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