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Garmin nüvi® 3590LMT

Portable navigator with voice-activated navigation, plus free lifetime map and traffic updates

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Meet Garmin's top-of-the-line portable navigator
Garmin built their nüvi 3590LMT portable navigator to help make everyday travel and special road journeys smart, easy, and fun. It's got a nice 5" multi-touch display so you can see the maps and menus easily. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity lets you make and receive calls with your compatible phone, while voice-activated guidance helps you keep your hands on the wheel. Lightning-fast traffic alerts and map updates for the life of the nüvi without any added costs help round out this advanced transportation tool.


Meet Garmin's top-of-the-line portable navigator
Garmin built their nüvi 3590LMT portable navigator to help make everyday travel and special road journeys smart, easy, and fun. It's got a nice 5" multi-touch display so you can see the maps and menus easily. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity lets you make and receive calls with your compatible phone, while voice-activated guidance helps you keep your hands on the wheel. Lightning-fast traffic alerts and map updates for the life of the nüvi without any added costs help round out this advanced transportation tool.

Find your way around with ease
Like the multi-touch display on your smartphone or tablet? The nüvi 3590LMT's glass screen gives you the same sort of fingertip control, allowing quick map zooming and shifting to give you the perspective you want. The display moves automatically between landscape and portrait orientation, making it ideal for discovering locales on foot. The nüvi 3590LMT also offers maps of the entire U.S. plus most of Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean Islands, along with 8 million searchable points of interest.

Convenient control using your vocal cords
While the glass display makes the nüvi 3590LMT more fun to touch, you also have the option for safer operation with hands-free control. You can wake the navigator up with a customized voice command, then find the menu screen you want just by speaking. Or just say the address or name of the point of interest you want to find, and the nüvi will locate it for you quickly.

High-speed Garmin 3D Digital Traffic updates
When it comes to traffic information, nothing's more important than timeliness. Garmin's Digital 3D Traffic races past the competition, with updates that are up to 4 to 10 times faster than traditional services. It can feed you details every 30 seconds in some areas, using the HD Radio™ broadcasting system in addition to all the other sources Garmin traditionally uses. You'll see congestion as it develops and be able to route around it, rather than getting stuck at inopportune times. Best of all, the updates are free for the life of your navigator.

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Advanced Garmin Guidance 3.0
The Garmin Guidance 3.0 feature set is the engine that drives the nüvi 3590LMT. You'll see maps load and routes form with uncanny speed, and you can save even more time by finding and selecting businesses right on the map screen. Text-to-speech voice prompts that say actual street names at turns keep you focused on the road, while Lane Assist guides you through tricky intersections. When you're entering an address or point of interest, the 3590LMT uses predictive text to give you more time traveling instead of searching.

Easy-to-follow visuals
Select landmarks and terrain aspects appear in 3D, giving you the most comprehensive view of your surroundings, which is especially helpful when you're exploring on foot. And photoReal™ junction views make complicated interchanges a breeze with easy-to-follow realistic representations, including signs. Sometimes the screen will split automatically to give you a photoReal view of an intersection so you'll have a clear picture of the next turn.

Garmin nuvi 3590LMT lane guidance

Handy features for every kind of driver
Do your friends call you "leadfoot"? The nüvi 3590LMT's speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads can help keep you safe. A quick listing of destinations near approaching highway exits will save you valuable time when you're ready for a pit stop. You'll also find a photo viewer, "Where Am I?" emergency aid, audiobook player, trip planner, and other legacy Garmin features.

Learns your driving patterns to help you stay ahead of traffic
Garmin's myTrends™ feature keeps track of your driving habits and can predict where you're going once you're on your way, then give you an estimated time of arrival. If you live in an area not covered by the traffic info service, you can activate Garmin's trafficTrends™ feature, allowing the nüvi 3590LMT to take historic traffic data into account when creating routes. It'll guide you towards paths that are less congested depending on when you're traveling, saving you time and gas.


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What's in the Box:

  • Personal GPS navigation device (w/5" LCD)
  • Cradle mount
  • Suction cup windshield mount
  • GTM60 Traffic receiver (with cigarette lighter adapter and 5' cable)
  • 19.5" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Quick Start Manual (En/Fr)
  • Accessory Guide
  • Important Safety and Product Information
  • "Need a dashboard disc?" sheet
  • "Activate your Lifetime Maps" sheet
  • offer

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • nüMaps Lifetime download card (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • includes Garmin Digital 3D Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
  • Bluetooth technology for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • JPEG picture viewer and audiobook player
  • powered cradle, car power adapter, mini-USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 4 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 5" dual-orientation glass display (800 x 400 pixels)
  • accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
  • 8 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • preloaded with maps for the United States and Puerto Rico, plus most of Canada, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
  • lane assistance and junction view
  • speed limit indicator
  • built-in travel kit including world clock, measurement converters, alarm clock, calculator, and more
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto, pedestrian
  • microSD™ card slot
Other features and specs:

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Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, MEX, PR, USVI
Points of Interest 8,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer Yes
Digital Audio Playback Yes
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control Yes
Traffic Information Digital 3D
Dynamic Content Services None
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 4 hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Convenience Features
Installation Options
Computer Requirements

Navigation Features

5" Touchscreen LCD: The nuvi 3590LMT features a 5" dual-orientation color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio). The screen can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation, and automatically switches to the proper orientation depending upon how it is mounted. The multi-touch glass display is more sensitive that other units, and lets you zoom in or out of a map display with a pinch action on the touchscreen. The unit offers Daytime, Nighttime, and Auto display modes. The screen will automatically shut off if the device is inactive for the selected length of time.

Keyboard Options: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT gives you two options for keyboard layouts. When you are entering an address or other data, you can choose between a standard QWERTY keyboard layout or an ABCDE alphabetical layout.

Voice Command: Voice Command allows you to control the device by using words and commands. The Voice Command menu provides voice prompts and a list of available commands. Using your voice, you can enter an address or the name of a Point of Interest, and the unit will begin searching for that location. You can also maneuver through menus by speaking the on-screen menu choice you desire.

Preloaded Maps: The nuvi 3590LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2012 3D 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 3D maps show the surrounding terrain, landmarks, and buildings from a low perspective for a more realistic view. The maps include more than 8-million points of interest (POIs) to help you find the destination you desire.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nuvi 3590LMT 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.

Note: Free Lifetime Map Updates entitle you to receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on the Garmin website, for this specific Garmin product only until this product's useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. The updates you receive will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased.

nuMaps Guarantee: If you register your device on Garmin's website within 90 days of acquiring satellites while driving, you can check to see if a free map update is available. You must be able to connect your device via a high-speed internet connection in order to check the loaded map version and download the map update.

Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 8-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. are included 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.

Garmin Guidance 3.0: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT features Garmin Guidance 3.0, the most advanced navigation engine available with a faster, more intuitive user interface to enhance the speed and accuracy of searches and routing. As you approach an upcoming junction, the Bird's Eye Lane Guidance feature shows you the proper lane to drive in with an overhead perspective. When traveling interstate highways, the Enhanced Exit Services feature enables you to know what you'll find when you exit the highway.

Navigation Map: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the nuvi 3590LMT guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. If you depart from the original route, the device recalculates the route and provides new directions. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation. You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.

Turn Assistant: When you are navigation a route, you can view the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn. You also view the Turn List which displays turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns.

Lane Assist w/ Junction View: The Lane Assist feature lets you know in advance which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the nuvi 3590LMT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation. The Bird's Eye view also gives you a top-down view of upcoming interchanges.

Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road, 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.

Text-to-Speech Audible Directions: In addition to the visual map, you get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination; allowing you to keep your eyes more comfortably on the road. The nuvi 3590LMT offers male and female voices of various languages.

Transportation Modes: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT offers two transportation modes for navigation methods; Automotive or Pedestrian. Routing is calculated differently based on your mode. If you have the optional cityXplorer maps loaded into the unit, the pedestrian navigation feature adds public transportation options as you travel on foot.

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. By default, the unit finds destinations closet to your current location. You can also find destinations near another city or location.

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.

Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

Photo Navigation: Pictures with location information can be uploaded to the nuvi 3590LMT or to an inserted microSD card. You can use the GarminConnect section of the Garmin website to search for previously uploaded "Geotagged" photos. Once the photos are loaded into the device, you can set a destination based on the photo's imbedded location data.

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.

Traffic Information

Free Lifetime Digital 3D Traffic: With free Lifetime Traffic from Digital 3D Traffic, you can avoid traffic tie-ups that will delay your travel. Digital 3D Traffic delivers traffic updates every 30 seconds over the HD Radio broadcasting system. Digital 3D Traffic combines all of the advantages of the extensive 3D Traffic Avoidance System with the added benefit of up to 10 times more frequent updates. The nüvi 3590LMT comes with the GTM60 Traffic Receiver with its integrated cigarette lighter power adapter. An antenna extension cable is available from Garmin if you have difficulty receiving an FM traffic signal.

Notes: Lifetime Digital 3D Traffic requires no subscription or activation. Traffic updates are available in approximately 125 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.

nuRoute Technology: The nuvi 3590LMT includes nuRoute technology with trafficTrends historical traffic and myTrends predictive routing.

  • myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. When you save your regular destinations in your "Favorites," the nuvi 2450 will, over time, begin to figure out where you're going even without your telling it.
  • trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the nuvi 3590LMT uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. The nuvi 3590LMT automatically learns daytime trends for traffic flow to improve your routes and better predict your estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week. Different routes may be calculated base based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.

Convenience Features

microSD Card Slot: The nuvi 3590LMT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional cityXplorer maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.

Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of seven standard icons to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Garage offers dozens more vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles with Star Wars (Yoda, Darth Vader) and Nickelodeon (SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer) themes.

Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get 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.

Garmin Locate: 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.

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.

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.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling: Using the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, the nuvi 3590LMT can connect to your mobile phone to become a hands-free device. The range of the Bluetooth coverage is approximately 33 feet. After pairing, you can receive incoming calls and place calls through the navigation unit. Outgoing calls can be place by entering the number directly, calling a number in your phone book, using the call history, or selecting a Point of Interest. Your home phone number can be saved so you can call home using a single button. You can check the Garmin website for a list of supported mobile phones.

Picture Viewer: The nuvi 3590LMT's Picture Viewer can display JPEG photo images that you have stored in the device or on a microSD card. The images can be displayed in a slideshow, or set a single image as wallpaper.

Audiobook Player: The device can play audiobooks from A subscription to is required. Audiobooks can be loaded to the device or to a microSD card. You can browse titles, authors, or narrators. Bookmarks can be added, so the player will automatically resume from the point where you last stopped. Playback controls include play, pause, fast forward, fast reverse, next chapter, and previous chapter.

Note: The nuvi 3590LMT cannot play digital music files.

Tools: Other tools that can be found on the device include a world clock, alarm clock, calculator, unit converter, and a language guide.

Installation Options

Mounting: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting cradles that includes a suction cup bracket. The suction cup can be used to mount the unit to the windshield. Once the nuvi 3590LMT is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for best visibility. The unit must be installed where it has a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.

Note: The unit's mini-USB (type-B) port for connection of the included 12-volt power adapter is found on the side-panel of the mounting cradle.

Power Requirements: The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT 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 4 hours of use after a 4-hour charge. An optional AC adapter (150ACNUVI, sold separately) allows you to operate the unit on ordinary household current.

Note: Use the unit's Sleep Mode to conserve battery power when the device is not in use. Sleep Mode uses very little power, and a battery charge lasts for weeks when the device is in sleep Mode.

Computer Requirements

myDashboard: Use Garmin's myDashboard ( to register the device, check for software & map  update, access product manuals, and technical support. myDashboard will automatically open when you connect the nuvi navigation device to your computer.

Note: The unit's micro-USB port is USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible. The unit's micro-USB port is found on the bottom of the GPS navigator.

Computer Compatibility: The nuvi 3590LMT is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Note: The nuvi 3590LMT is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT. It is also not compatible with Mac OS 10.3 and earlier. This is a common limitation of most USB mass storage devices.

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Love the 3D details

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/23/2012 11:22:00 AM

I admit it. Unless it's a road I travel everyday, I need all the help I can get when it comes to directions. Which is why I really like the 3590LMT. The screen is nice and big, so its easy to read. Plus, the 3D landmark feature really makes a difference. In a major city, I can use them to quickly orient myself (with just a flat map, I sometimes feel like I'm going from one turn to the other with no clue as to where I am).

Having speed limit info and roadsigns are additional pluses. The more information I can get from a glance at the Garmin's screen, the more I can concentrate on driving safely. Very nice!

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