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Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

Portable navigator with landmark guidance, free traffic info, and lifetime map updates

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Taking a trip or just spending a lot of time on your daily commute? Get more from your time in the driver's seat with Magellan's RoadMate 5265T-LMB portable navigator. It offers recommended AAA content for top-rated destinations around the country, and built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling with your compatible phone. New features like traffic camera alerts and Landmark Guidance round out this trusty travel companion.

Advanced navigation with a wealth of features

Taking a trip or just spending a lot of time on your daily commute? Get more from your time in the driver's seat with Magellan's RoadMate 5265T-LMB portable navigator. It offers recommended AAA content for top-rated destinations around the country, and built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling with your compatible phone. New features like traffic camera alerts and Landmark Guidance round out this trusty travel companion.

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB's lane guidance keeps you on the right path.

Follow the leader

Check out the included 7 million points of interest and maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico on the 5265T-LMB's 5" touch display. You'll hear actual street names at turns, while lane guidance helps you through upcoming maneuvers. The navigator also switches to a realistic view to guide you through particularly messy intersections. You can choose landscape mode for a better view of the surrounding area, or switch to portrait mode for a more extended view of the road ahead.

The Landmark Guidance option gives you spoken directions based on buildings as well as street names. For instance, you'll hear "turn left at the McDonald's at Hightower Boulevard," instead of just "Turn left at Hightower Boulevard." You can look out for easy-to-recognize logos and colors rather than hard-to-spot street signs, and pay closer attention to the road ahead.

Free lifetime map and traffic updates

Don't get slowed down by congestion or out-of-date maps that lead you astray — the 5265T-LMB offers free lifetime updates for traffic and maps. You'll get quick feedback on traffic along your route in most metropolitan areas so you can find a better away around the tie-ups, and you'll also get up to four free map updates a year to make sure your navigator stays current.

Traffic camera alerts

Magellan also includes the PhantomALERT camera alert service with your purchase of the 5265T-LMB. You'll receive audible and visual warnings of approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route. For an additional fee, you can receive alerts for known enforcement areas (speed traps), as well as sections of road with high accident rates.

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

Find nearby parking easily with the RoadMate 5265T-LMB's "Best Parking" feature.

Safety supplements

You can make and receive hands-free calls with your compatible phone through the 5265T-LMB. The navigator's Bluetooth SafeTexting feature consists of a list of pre-written text messages you can send to incoming texters at the push of a button from the navigator to let them know that you're driving and you'll get back to them when it's safe to do so.

You'll see the posted speed limit shown on the screen as you drive, and you can even set reminders to alert you when you're exceeding it. The 5265T-LMB's "Best Parking" feature quickly shows you nearby parking garages and lots, along with hours of operation and directions to the entrance to save you time. Route optimization gives you the best route for multiple destinations on one trip to help make your daily errands less stressful.

Magellan's OneTouch™ menu lets you save your favorite destinations and searches so you can pull them up without scrolling through multiple screens. You can connect a rear-view camera to the 5265T-LMB and use your Magellan's screen to see what's behind you. Magellan does not include a connection cable for the A/V input.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • includes FM-TMC traffic-info receiver with subscription-free updates
  • lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • PhantomALERT traffic camera alerts
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • 3.5mm A/V input
  • car power adapter, USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 5" color (800 x 480 pixels) touchscreen control
  • Portrait Mode allows vertical viewing of display
  • internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • 7 million points of interest
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names
  • Landmark Guidance announces names of landmarks (buildings, businesses) at maneuvers instead of street names
  • highway lane guidance and junction view (contiguous 48 states only)
  • speed limit indicator
  • Best Parking feature directs you to nearby lots and garages
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization (up to 20 destinations)
  • microSD card slot
Other features and specs:
  • Bluetooth technology allows hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • Bluetooth SafeText allows one-touch text messaging with your compatible phone
  • dimensions: 5-5/8"W x 3-3/8"H x 5/8"D
  • weight: 6.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year (2 years with AAA membership)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Portable vehicle navigation unit
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with built-in traffic receiver and attached 50" straight cord
  • 31" USB cable (USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
  • Adjustable suction-cup mount
  • User Handbook (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Lifetime Map Updates offer card
  • AAA service special offer
  • "Stop" note

I have had a couple of Magellan gps over the years. This one is as easy to operate like the others and has more features then then they had.

Stan, Wasilla, AK


Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

good for what I need

Stan from Wasilla, AK on 8/16/2013

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I have had a couple of Magellan gps over the years. This one is as easy to operate like the others and has more features then then they had.

Pros: more features like red light cameras location and speed limits

Cons: loses signal often and gives wrong location on some points of interests

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

VinnyD from Brooklyn N.Y. on 3/10/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Im not a Pro but i have owned the Magellan 3140 4250 4350 Garmin 885T and 3490LMt the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB by far excells all the others. Easy to use clear voice carmera alert and speed alert work well.All GPS units should ding or gong just before a turn like Magellans.Price is just right cant say enough. Just bought the Garmin 3490LMT and I refuse to use it.Great job Magellan

Pros: Easy to Program Loud nice size

Cons: none

Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB

Anonymous from aynor sc on 10/19/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Delivery was timely, product was as described, and a good price. I am a very satisfied customer.



I Sent It Back

David S from Congers, NY on 10/17/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB to replace my aging Garmin Nuvi 5000. I selected this unit because it has a video in that I wanted to use with my wired back up camera. I discovered after receipt that the video in on this unit only works with the Magellan cameras. The unit only comes with a very basic booklet, and there is no detail manual online as of yet, despite the reference to it in the box. I never did find out how some functions , such as automated response to incoming text messages was supposed to work. Thankfully the excellent customer service at Crutchfield expedited the return and credit for this unit. I ran it along side my Garmin on a 500 mile drive and the Garmin was easier to read and accurately displayed the ETA's. The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB ETA's was off even when my destination was within a few minutes..

Pros: Good display, landmark guidance

Cons: Video in is for Magellan backup cameras only. Menus are not as intuitive as I would have expected. and no detail manual was available at Magellan web site. ETA's are way off, over an hour off at beginning of 500 mile trip and still 10 minutes off within last 5 miles (rural traffic free roads).

So far, so good

Gar from Loris, SC on 10/12/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This particular model has everything I wanted on the display - Bluetooth, Posted Speed Limit, Traffic Alerts, Camera Alerts, nearby POI, and a display that's just the right size: not too big, not too small.

Pros: It's got all the conveniences you'll wish you had if you bought another make or model.

Cons: Protective carrying case sold separately. When powering up at a standstill the unit assumes you're facing north (though I believe all GPSs do that) and does not correct until you start moving. Doesn't do well with long driveways - From my driveway it tells me to cut thru my neighbor's yard to get to the nearest road at the begining of every trip. The model is so new accessories and additional maps aren't available yet. *Need Central America Maps!!!

Does not recalcuate

bbqbrisket from new jersey on 10/1/2012

Big Bug.....does not recalculate route when a detour has to be made.

Pros: Good unite for the money....really like the wider screen, sound and information it give.

Cons: does not recalculate =EVER and you have to constantly look at the screen not wait for a voice to say something to you. Screen has to be the exact position or brightness and contrast do not show up well.


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Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, PR
Points of Interest 7,000,000
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 FM-TMC
Dynamic Content Services AAA TourBook
Removable Memory Type microSD card
Battery Life 2 Hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Bluetooth Technology
Mounting Options
Power Requirement
Computer Requirements

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB is equipped with a WAAS/EGNOS-equipped GPS receiver. It receives tracking signals from numerous satellites, updating your position once per second. This receiver provides positioning accuracy down to 3 to 5 meters (10-16 feet).

  • GPS Antenna: The portable navigation unit features an integrated multidirectional GPS patch antenna adding to its sleek design. The first time you use the Magellan RoadMate it may take up to 4 minutes to compute your location under normal conditions. With adverse conditions (not having a clear view of the sky) the time to compute your location the first time can increase.
  • GPS Positioning: Setting a GPS position is useful if you are not getting satellite information quickly because the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB has traveled over 500 miles while turned off. Setting the GPS position will allow the unit to compute which satellites are available and calculate the position quicker.
  • GPS Status Screen: The GPS Status screen uses green bars to indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB is using certain GPS satellites to compute the position. Orange bars indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB is trying to lock onto a satellite signal and no bar shown indicates a satellite that is not being tracked. The longer the bars, the better the signal.
Note: Please note that the Magellan RoadMate receiver is a receiver only and does not transmit GPS location signals. Neither the receiver nor the vehicle can be tracked using the Magellan RoadMate receiver.

Map Data: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB comes with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, preloaded onto the built-in flash memory. Map upgrades are available for purchase from the Magellan website ( using the Magellan Content Manager and can be downloaded to the internal memory.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB includes free lifetime map updates. Lifetime Maps entitles you to receive up to four map updates per year, for the life of the GPS navigation unit or until Magellan no longer receives relevant map data (whichever is shorter). An Internet connection and Magellan's Content Manager software is required. The updates will be the same geographic map data originally included with your Magellan product. In some instances, the Magellan unit might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update, in which case you will need insert a microSD card in order to expand memory. Lifetime Maps may not be transferred to another person or another Magellan product.

5.0" Touchscreen Display: The unit features a large anti-glare, 5.0" WQVGA touchscreen display which can be viewed horizontally or vertically. The display's brightness can be adjusted for easy nighttime and daytime viewing. With the Auto Night Mode, the screen will automatically change from bright colors in daytime to dark tint colors for nighttime use.

Map Screen: When a route has been calculated, it will be displayed on the Map screen in green with small arrows indicating the direction of travel. The top of the screen displays the name of the street that comes next in your Turn List together with its distance. If you are not in the city in which the next street is, the name of the city is displayed instead. As the route progresses, voice alerts will be used to prompt you of upcoming maneuvers.

  • Map View Options: The portable GPS unit allows you to the following map views.
    • 2D Map: Two dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in either the direction of your heading or direction pointing North.
    • 3D Map: Three dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in the direction of your heading.
  • Map Screen Modes: There are two unique modes that the Map Screen can be displayed in - Normal and Routing.
    • Normal: In Normal mode, your position is shown on the map along with the time and your speed. As you travel, your position will be updated, giving you a clear view of your position and surrounding streets.
    • Routing: In Routing mode, additional information is displayed, providing you with more detailed information about the route you have selected. In the routing screen, you can view the name of the current street, plus the street name for the next maneuver, POI icons, and distance to next maneuver. You can toggle between the distance remaining to reach your destination, approximate time remaining until the destination is reached, and the approximate time of day to arrive at your destination.

Note: You can set the navigation unit's map to automatically zoom in to the lowest level when coming up to a turn.

Highway Lane Assist w/ Junction View: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB will display realistic images of highway signs and arrows that guide you to the correct lane as you approach a highway interchange, giving you a visual indication of which lane you should be in. This makes driving on the highway a lot easier, safer, and less stressful.

Maneuver List (Itinerary): Each line of the Maneuver List screen provides details about the maneuvers in the order that they are to be made. The bottom bar of the Maneuver List screen indicates the distance and time to the next maneuver as well as the total distance computed for the route. The Maneuver List can be modified if you want to exclude one of the maneuvers to avoid traveling on one of the streets listed.

Current Location Screen: The Current Location screen displays approximate address information, the distance from the next and previous cross streets, as well as your latitude and longitude. There is also a compass point in your direction of travel, calculated elevation and speed.

Text-to-Speech w/ Landmark Guidance: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB is equipped with Text-to-Speech. As you navigate to your destination, the RoadMate 5265T-LMB will announce the names of the street and/or exit ramps that are involved in each maneuver. With the all new Landmark Guidance, you receive directions using landmarks as your guide, making it a more intuitive way to navigate. You'll hear instructions like "In 200 feet, turn left at the Shell Gas Station". You can activate the Smart Volume feature which changes the volume automatically as your speed changes, compensating for road noise. You can select English, French, or Spanish.

Note: The Magellan RoadMate can also sound an audible beep, bell, or chime to notify you of an upcoming turn. You can turn this warning tone off, if desired.

OneTouch Favorites Menu: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB features Magellan's exclusive OneTouch favorites menu. The OneTouch menu provides quick access to your home address, emergency services, gas stations and addresses or searches you have stored to the OneTouch menu. The OneTouch Favorites menus also provides instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favorite places & POIs.

7,000,000 Points Of Interest (POI): The RoadMate 5265T-LMB offers 7-million points of interests to help you easily find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more. You can search for POIs by entering the name or by selecting from a list of available categories and sub-categories. If desired, you can choose whether or not you want POI icons to be displayed on the map. Branded POIs display your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and more by their respective logos. Highway Exit POIs provide a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits.

Address Search: You can use various search tools to find your destination and plan your route. You can search by Address, Address Book, City, Intersection, Previous Destination, or Coordinates.

QuickSpell w/ SmartCity Search: QuickSpell with SmartCity Search narrows your address and city searches, making destination entry easy. To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the RoadMate 5265T-LMB will automatically correct spelling errors and complete your destination address. QuickSpell with SmartCity search also uses information in the unit's database to limit the keys that need to be pressed, presenting only those which can access information in the database.

Best Parking: Best Parking is another great feature; it makes parking in the city a much easier affair. Best Parking provides parking garage locations with both their hours of operation and the entrance location. Choose the garage that is open and close to your destination. Once you have selected a garage you are guided directly to the entrance.

Customizable Route Method: There are a wide variety of methods you can use to create a route. You can set the RoadMate 5265T-LMB to calculate your route by Fastest Time, Shortest Distance, Less Freeways or More Freeways. You can also Enable U-Turns and Avoid Toll Roads for any routing method. You can compare the travel times of each option on one screen.

Multiple Destination Routing: If you're planning a trip with multiple stops, the RoadMate 5265T-LMB will allow you to place the destinations in the order you wish, or allow the unit to order the stops for the most efficient route, saving you time and money. You can change the order of stops at any time.

SmartDetour: When you slow down under 20% of the speed limit on a freeway, after a few seconds the Magellan software assumes you are in a traffic jam and displays the SmartDetour feature on the Map screen. Detours are calculated using the same routing method that was used to create the route. A list of alternate routes will be displayed.

Auto Re-Route: If you travel off the computed route, the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB will automatically re-calculate the routing information to get you to your original destination using the routing method you selected when creating the route.

AAA TourBook: The AAA TourBook provides ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and save (for US & Canada). The RoadMate 5265T-LMB includes travel information from AAA to make your trip safe, easy, and hassle-free. AAA membership required (visit to register). If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of discount listings wherever the AAA card is accepted. There is an option to calculate a route to any of the locations provided in the TourBook.

  • AAA TourBook Information: View information about accommodations, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events in locations near your current position or near any location you enter. (Restaurants and lodging destinations include AAA "Diamond" ratings info.)
  • Show Your Card & Save: Search for businesses that offer discounts for AAA members.
  • Approved Auto Repairs: Search for AAA-approved automotive repair facilities, including hours of operation and services offered.
  • AAA Branch Offices: Search for AAA branch offices with information on hours of operation and services offered.
  • Campgrounds: Search for campgrounds rated by AAA.

Traffic Information

Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts: The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB offers Free Lifetime Traffic alerts. This allows the RoadMate 5265T-LMB to provide real-time traffic information with no subscription fees. The Magellan RoadMate's vehicle power adapter features a built-in traffic receiver. The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB can receive traffic information so as to avoid delays in your travel. The unit's built-in traffic receiver will provide you with detours to help you avoid traffic jams and construction zones. When routing, if a traffic incident(s), slow traffic, or stopped traffic will delay your arrival, the traffic icon on the unit's Map screen will display the computed delay due to traffic in the red box below the traffic icon. When the traffic icon indicates a delay, you can select to avoid any or all of the traffic incidents along your route. The navigation unit will then calculate an alternative route.

Note: Traffic warnings will not work if the unit is not connected to the included power adapter or you are using a different power adapter.

Traffic Camera Alerts: Traffic Camera Alerts, by PhantomALERT, are included at no extra charge for one year. Receive audible and visual warnings of red light and speed cameras along your route. This is verified crowd source data that you refresh on your unit by the free Content Manager from Magellan. You can even become one of the many reporters on the street by submitting your own discoveries or rating the reliability of the alerts you are shown. Premium content is available for an extra cost which includes blackspots (high accident areas), school zones, and dangerous intersections.

Back-Up Camera Compatible: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB is compatible with the Magellan wireless back-up camera (sold separately). There is a 3.5mm minijack input for connecting the Magellan wireless back-up camera. As you put your car into reverse, the Magellan navigator will automatically switch into rear view mode allowing you to see what is behind your car; including children, pet and toys.

Bluetooth Technology

Built-in Bluetooth: The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB features built-in Bluetooth Technology for hands-free calling from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled cellular phone. You can make and receive calls hands free using the unit's  touchscreen, microphone, and speaker. Outgoing calls can be placed by entering the number directly, calling a number in your phone book, or using Speed Dial. When your phone gets an incoming call, the Magellan RoadMate displays an Answer Phone screen. Tap the green button to answer the call or the red button to end the call.

Note: Please note that not all of the features of the Magellan RoadMate Bluetooth will work with all phones as features of cellular phones vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Click HERE to view a list of compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phones.

SafeTexting: Magellan's Bluetooth SafeTexting has taken advantage of a capability found in many Bluetooth enabled smartphones which allows texting control over a Bluetooth connection. This allows a Magellan feature known as SafeTexting which gives the driver the ability to respond to an incoming call or text with a pre-written text message informing the caller that the driver will call back when it is safe. The return texts, which are sent in a couple of button presses, may include location and ETA information automatically inserted by the GPS device.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB comes supplied with an adjustable arm that can be mounted to either the windshield or dash of your vehicle using a suction-cup mount. The Magellan RoadMate needs a clear view of the sky to receive signals from the GPS satellites, so choose a location with an unobstructed view of the sky, commonly on or near the windshield.

Safety Warning: Please check the applicable regulations in your state regarding windshield mounting. Certain states prohibit the mounting of any items on your windshield. Go to for alternative mounting solutions.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The Magellan RoadMate receiver has an internal battery that permits use of the receiver for brief periods of time while not connected to external power. The unit has a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 2 hours of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter in your car. The internal battery will begin charging as soon as power is supplied to the Magellan RoadMate. It can take up to 4 hours to fully charge the battery, depending on the battery level. The battery does not need to be fully charged to use the Magellan RoadMate.

Note: The internal battery cannot be charged through a USB cable connected to a personal computer.

Battery Strength Indicator: The RoadMate 5265T-LMB features an on-screen Battery Strength Indicator so you know exactly how much battery life you have left.

Auto Power: If the touchscreen has not been accessed or the current position has not changed for a defined period of time, the Magellan RoadMate can be set to power off to save battery life.

Optional AC Adapter: An optional AC power adapter (sold separately) is available from the Magellan website. The optional AC power adapter provides constant power to the navigation unit.

Computer Requirements

mini-USB Port: The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB features a mini-USB (type-B) port and comes with a 31" USB cable for connecting the navigation unit to your PC for software and map updates from the Magellan website.

Magellan Content Manager: The Magellan Content Manager is a free downloadable computer application that syncs with your Magellan GPS navigator to deliver new updates, map unlocks, and easy access to your account. Download the free software to enjoy the latest software updates and map updates for your Magellan auto navigation device. It's the fastest and easiest way to get software updates & map updates for the Magellan RoadMate navigation unit.  The Magellan Content Manager Software is available for select Windows PCs and Mac computers.

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