It costs a little more than the Garmin nuvi 1490T (*Est. $195) -- one of the most often-recommended, under-$200 GPS units in reviews -- but the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT adds free map updates for the life of the unit, making it a top pick at several review sources. The nuvi 1450LMT doesn't have Bluetooth for hands-free calling like the nuvi 1490T does, but otherwise it shares all of the same pros and cons. Critics especially like the big, easy-to-see 5-inch screen and free traffic updates for the life of the unit. These models also offer lane assist (to help you get into the correct lane at an upcoming junction), multi-destination routing (which automatically sorts several stops into one efficient route) and the ability to add pedestrian/public transportation maps for major cities worldwide (*Est. $10 to $18 each). The traffic and lane information aren't available everywhere, though, and some owners have complained that these nuvi models have picked the wrong routes.
GPSTracklog.com publishes the most descriptive review of the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT. GPSLodge.com and ConsumerReports.org also test the unit and provide clear buying advice. This model has amassed more than 1,400 owner reviews at Amazon.com.
1. GPS Tracklog
Longtime GPS reviewer Rich Owings explains the various features of the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT in this review, with lots of screen shots. He describes how it stacks up against similar models and posts a video review of the Garmin nuvi 1490T (sibling to the 1450LMT).
Review: Garmin nuvi 1450LMT, Rich Owings, Oct. 12, 2010
Reviewer Scott Martin likes the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT, and he explains five reasons why, including its big 5-inch screen, free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates, intuitive usability and reasonable price.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 1450 LMT -- 5 Reasons It's a Best Seller, Scott Martin, Aug. 21, 2011
ConsumerReports.org doesn't include the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT in its rankings chart of 137 GPS units, but it does include the nuvi 1450LM -- and the only difference between the two is that the nuvi 1450LMT includes free lifetime traffic updates. The nuvi 1450LM's scores for performance and ease of use still apply.
Review: GPS Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
With more than 1,400 owner reviews posted, the Garmin nuvi 1450LMT averages 4 stars out of 5. Although the vast majority of the reviews are positive, they do include criticism.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1450LMT 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates, Contributors to Amazon.com