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Garmin nüvi® 54LM

Portable navigator with 5" screen and free lifetime map updates

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Item # 150N54LM

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Do your road travels take you to Alaska and Canada from time to time? Garmin's nüvi 54LM portable navigator has you covered with accurate maps of all 50 states, plus Canada and several major Caribbean islands. You'll also enjoy a bright 5" color touchscreen display for convenient access to the maps and millions of preloaded points of interest for important stops along the way.

See more of the U.S. and Canada with a 5" display

Do your road travels take you to Alaska and Canada from time to time? Garmin's nüvi 54LM portable navigator has you covered with accurate maps of all 50 states, plus Canada and several major Caribbean islands. You'll also enjoy a bright 5" color touchscreen display for convenient access to the maps and millions of preloaded points of interest for important stops along the way.

The larger screen size ensures you'll see every detail clearly from the driver's seat. The Garmin also features a sleeker, thinner profile, and the redesigned rear mount provides added security on your windshield. Best of all, you can keep the nüvi 54LM's maps current with free lifetime map updates for as long as you own the navigator, so you don't have to worry about road changes or moved businesses in the future.

Garmin nuvi 54LM portable navigator

The redesigned mount allows for convenient placement of the nüvi 54LM on your windshield.

Road-ready guidance

This Garmin announces actual street names at turns, so you'll hear "turn left on Dogwood Court" instead of "take the next left." Colored arrows pop up as you approach complicated interchanges and junctions, showing you the the proper lane for the next maneuver. And you can check out your vehicle's speed as well as the posted speed limits on most major roads along your route to make sure you're staying safe.

Valuable extras

The "Where Am I?" emergency locator provides your exact location instantly, displaying nearby emergency services if you need aid. Garmin's trip computer lets you record mileage, maximum speed, total time, and more. Garmin's website allows you to customize your vehicle icon to add a touch of personality. The nüvi 54LM also lets you assign custom points of interest so you can find favorite stops that are a little off the beaten path.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • nüMaps Lifetime download card (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, micro-USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) display with touchscreen control
  • 5 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Bahamas
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • lane assistance and junction view
  • speed limit indicator
  • trip computer
  • multi-destination routing: allows 1,000 waypoints
  • transport modes: auto
  • microSD™ card slot
Other features and specs:

What's in the Box:

  • Portable GPS navigation device (w/ 5.0" LCD)
  • Suction-cup mount
  • Mounting bracket
  • Cigarette lighter/power adapter (w/ attached 5.5' cable)
  • 19" miniUSB-to-USB cable
  • Updates/Manuals note
  • Important Safety/Product Information
  • Garmin Express brochure

Garmin nüvi® 54LM Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Just right!

MargaretP from Bluffton, SC on 3/4/2014

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The Garmin nüvi® 54LM is perfect size for me. My previous GPS screen was smaller. So far everything works well, but the challenge will be when we get into the wilds of Oregon on our next trip. I'm rating it at 4 because there was no Getting Started booklet. My previous GPS was a Garmin nuvi so I had no real problem but it would have somewhat of a learning curve for new users, especially the tech challenged. There was "help" info incorporated in the device, but one has to know where it is.

Pros: Screen size, Lifetime map updates.

Cons: No booklet.

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MarkH from Stow, OH on 1/22/2014

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Great unit for the price

Pros: Lifetime map updates

Cons: sometimes lags when updating location


WALLY2109 from NEWARK OHIO on 12/5/2013

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Garmin nüvi® 54LM

DaveG from NH on 10/28/2013

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Second one, need I say more, I love it.

Pros: Easy to Use, great value


54lm ok

V from Bastrop, TX on 9/25/2013

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The 54lm is ok, you get what you pay for .

Pros: unit is easy to see. Sound is sufficient, mount to window is adequate.

Cons: nuvi 54 LM is no were as sophisticated as the Dezl 760LMT. Had I known of the 760LMT I would not have purchased the 54LM.

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Howard from Jacksboro TN on 7/11/2013

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I'm impressed with the 54Lm. Has a nice big screen, terrific graphics and easy to operate..

Pros: Ease of operations, nice clear graphics, many great functions, good price. Fast delivery, shipped same day I placed order.

Cons: Haven't been on a trip yet, just used locally to check it out, looking forward to going somewhere soon so I can really give it a good workout.

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daniel a from dorset ohio on 4/6/2013

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love this item, the best thing is how crutchfield stands behind it and they have answers if you need

Pros: great!!!!!!!

Cons: nothing

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Leszek M from Leesburg, FL on 3/16/2013

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First class. Best for the money




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), USVI, PR, Canada
Points of Interest 5,000,000
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 2 Hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Navigation Features
Convenience Features
Installation Options

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The Garmin nuvi 54LM is equipped with a high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and built-in antenna which enables the unit to acquire GPS (Global Positioning System) signals for on-the-road navigation.

Note: 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.

Preloaded Maps: The nuvi 54LM contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT USA/Canada maps (ver.2013.30) with detailed road maps of the entire United States (including Hawaii/Alaska), Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, and Jamaica; plus maps of Canada.

Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 5-million 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.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nuvi 54LM 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.

Map Screen: The Garmin nuvi 54LM 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 54LM 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 direction of travel is displayed in the lower left corner and 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 select one of three map orientation displays:

  • 2D Track Up: Two-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from bottom to top of the screen.
  • 2D North Up: Two-dimensional map that constantly displays North at the top of the screen.
  • 3D Track Up: Three-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from bottom to top of the screen.
Note: The default on-screen icon representing your vehicle is a blue sports car. In the menu, you can select a blue 4WD pickup truck, a blue compact car, a blue 3D arrow, a pair of boots, a large bird, or a rolling beach ball.

Turn Assistant: When you are navigating a route, you can view the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn. You can 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: Lane assist with junction view indicates the proper lane for a turn or exit with brightly colored arrows and detailed images.

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 54LM offers voices of various languages.

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.

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. You can also search the device's POIs (points-of-interest). The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can quickly find a previous destination. You can even store your favorite destinations, so you can retrieve them faster. In addition, you can simply browse the map and select a destination by tapping the screen.

Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, 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.

Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a waypoint for later recall. Up to 1000 waypoints can be saved into memory.

Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. A trip odometer keeps 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.

Auto Reroute: If you deviate from the original route, the nuvi 54LM recalculates the route and provides new directions.

Detours: While navigating a route, you can use detours to avoid obstacles ahead of you, such as construction zones.

Safe Mode: With the Safe Mode turned on, functions that require significant operator attention are disabled so they don't become a distraction while driving.

Convenience Features

5.0" Touchscreen LCD: The nuvi 54LM features a 5.0" color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio). The screen has a manual brightness adjustment. You can select one of three color modes for the display screen:

  • Daytime: Has a lighter, brighter background.
  • Nighttime: Has a black background, easier to see at night.
  • Auto: Display automatically switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset.

Keyboard Options: The Garmin nuvi 54LM 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.

microSD Card Slot: The nuvi 54LM has a microSD card slot so you can download and store additional mapping information from Garmin.

USB Port: The nuvi 54LM is fitted with a mini-USB (type-B) port and comes with a mini-USB to USB cable to connect to your computer. The nuvi 54LM is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Note: The nuvi 54LM 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.

Garmin Express: Use Garmin Express to keep the nuvi 54LM up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favorites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.

Installation Options

Mounting: The Garmin Nuvi 54LM comes with a suction cup mounting bracket to install the device in your vehicle. The suction cup can be used to mount the unit to your vehicle's windshield or dash. Once the nuvi 54LM 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: Please check the applicable regulations in your state regarding windshield mounting. Certain states prohibit the mounting of any items on your windshield.

Power Requirements: The Garmin nuvi 54LM is powered and charged 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 also be charged and powered by your computer when it is connected via the included USB cable. An optional AC adapter (150ACNUVI, sold separately) allows you to operate and charge the unit on ordinary household current.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

all depends. sometimes i can put mine in the cubby hole on the dash out of sight and it still works,sometimes not. but you should have no trouble on the dash. great thing about Crutchfield, you have 30 days to find out and return if not satisfied? [ KENNETH M  Feb 16, 2014 ]
im not sure what you are asking. but if you want to know if it will pick up a signal i believe it will [ THOMAS D  Feb 14, 2014 ]
I have not used this in a motor home application, but I can tell you that it is very good at picking up sattalites even from within my garage with the door open. I am very satisfied with the unit. Easy to use. [ STEVEN M  Feb 14, 2014 ]
I use the suction cup. We have a juke Miami. I love it. No issues like with my Magellan [ ELLEN B  Feb 13, 2014 ]
My device is not located on the dash, and it picks up the satellites with no problem. Only time it cuts out is when I'm going through a long tunnel. [ RICHARD  Feb 13, 2014 ]