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Garmin nuvi 255W Wide-Screen Automotive GPS System with North American Maps

Garmin nuvi 255W Wide Automotive GPS System with North American Maps
Garmin nuvi 255W Wide Automotive GPS System with North American MapsGarmin nuvi 255W Wide Automotive GPS System with North American MapsGarmin nuvi 255W Wide Automotive GPS System with North American Maps
Item No.010-00718-20
Retail Price:$199.99
Our Price:$129.99
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year


Go wide and get peace of mind with the Garmin nuvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names and optional MSN Direct services to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America. Like the rest of the sleek nuvi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use.

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With nüvi 255W's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction.

Navigate With Ease

nuvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nuvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map updates as you navigate. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nuvi 255W accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix satellite prediction, nuvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

Take It With You

Like the rest of the nuvi 2x5-series, nuvi 255W sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its "Where Am I?" emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Select Fuel-efficient Routes

This nuvi saves you gas and money with ecoRoute — a green feature that calculates the most fuel-efficient route, tracks fuel usage and more. With ecoRoute, you have a "less fuel" option as a routing preference. When selected, nuvi will determine if a more fuel efficient route exists based upon road speed data and vehicle acceleration data for a given route.

Go Beyond Navigation

Navigation is just the beginning. nuvi 255W includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download Google Panoramio pictures via the Garmin Connect Photos website and navigate to them. The 255W is compatible with optional enhanced MSN Direct content and free Garmin Garage where you can download animated vehicles that show your location on the map. It also comes with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides for detailed data on attractions.

Get the newest maps available and navigate with confidence with Garmin's nüMaps Guarantee. Simply register your new Garmin nüvi or zumo at my.garmin.com (click here) within 60 days of first using your device, and if there is a new map version available, you'll be able to download it for free! Or if you prefer, you can have a map DVD mailed to you for $10. With the Garmin nuMaps Guarantee, you'll be up-to-date when you hit the road.

nuvi 255W: Simple navigation at an affordable price

Garmin nuvi 205 Series Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the nuvi 205 series?
A: The Garmin nuvi 205 series currently consists of nuvi models 205, 205W, 255, 255W, 265T, 265WT, and 275T. It is Garmin's entry-level offering and replaces the nuvi 200 series.

Q: Why is the nuvi 200 series being replaced? What's wrong with them?
A: There's no problem at all with the nuvi 200 series, and they're still a great buy! Garmin developed the 205 series to offer basic features at an entry-level price, but unlike the 200s, the 205s are upgradeable to higher-end functions such as live traffic.

Q: What's the difference in the nuvi 205 series models?
A: The nuvi 205 is the base-level unit, with a 3.5" diagonal screen, basic voice directions, and maps of the lower 48 United States pre-loaded. The nuvi 255 adds text-to-speech voice prompts (speaks street names) and maps of Canada & Alaska. Upgrade to the nuvi 265T for Bluetooth and an included FM traffic receiver; upgrate to the 275T for all that plus maps of Europe as well as North America. Add a "W" to the model name, such as the 205W, 255W and 265WT, and you've got a wide-screen unit with a 4.3" diagonal display.

Q: What options do I have for live traffic on a nuvi 205 series model?
A: The nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T all come with an FM traffic receiver, providing real-time road alerts in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. All nuvi 205 series models also allow the user to upgrade to the GDB 55 MSN Direct Receiver. In addition to live traffic, MSN Direct also provides enhanced content such as weather forecasts, gas prices, movie times, local events, news tickers and more. The MSN Direct receiver is an improvement on the basic receiver that comes with the 265T models.

Q: What's the difference between the nuvi 205 series and the nuvi 700 series?
A: The nuvi 700 series is Garmin's high-end offering. To illustrate the difference, we can compare a nuvi 760 to a nuvi 265WT. Both are pre-loaded with U.S. & Canada maps, give text-to-speech voice prompts, have 4.3" screens, Bluetooth, and included traffic receivers. The nuvi 760, however, also has multiple-point routing and multiple-route storage - the nuvi 265WT can only go A-to-B with one stop in between, while the nuvi 760 will allow the user to input any number of addresses, sort them, and save the trip in its memory. Thus the 760 is a better choice for real estate agents and traveling salespeople, as well as users who want more control over their routes. The nuvi 760 also has multimedia features, including an MP3 player, audio book player, FM transmitter, and headphone jack, allowing the user to listen to music or literature in the car or on foot.

Garmin nuvi 205 Series Feature Matrix

nuvi 205 nuvi 205W nuvi 255 nuvi 255W nuvi 265T nuvi 265WT nuvi 275T
Screen Size 3.5" 4.3" 3.5" 4.3" 3.5" 4.3" 3.5"
Text-to-Speech no no Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded Lower 48 States Maps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded Canada & Alaska Maps no no Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded Europe Maps no no no no no no Yes
FM Traffic Included no no no no Yes Yes Yes
MSN Direct Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on Add-on
Bluetooth no no no no Yes Yes Yes
Retail Price $199.99 $249.99 $249.99 $299.99 $299.99 $349.99 $399.99
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Package Includes

Box Contents:

  • nüvi 255W
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America (full coverage)
  • Vehicle suction cup mount*
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual

*NOTICE TO DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA AND MINNESOTA: State law prohibits drivers in California and Minnesota from using suction mounts on their windshields while operating motor vehicles. Other Garmin dashboard or friction mounting options should be used. Garmin and Tiger GPS do not take any responsibility for any fines, penalties, or damages that may be incurred as a result of disregarding this notice. (See California Vehicle Code Section 26708(a); Minnesota Statutes 2005, Section 169.71)

Tech Specs

Physical & Performance:

Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.8"W x 2.9"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm)
Display size, WxH: 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 272 pixels
Display type: QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
Weight: 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: up to 4 hours
Waterproof: no
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
RoHS version available: yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap: yes
Preloaded maps: yes (United States, Canada & Puerto Rico)
Ability to add maps: yes
Built-in memory: internal solid state
Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
Waypoints: 1000
Routes: 0


Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft."): yes (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") : yes
3D map view: yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): no
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation): yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.): yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology: no
FM traffic compatible: Yes
XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible: no
MSN Direct for U.S. compatible: Yes
Where Am I? feature (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection): Yes
MP3 player: no
Audio book player: no
Picture viewer: yes
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): yes
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Remote control: no
FM transmitter: no
Headphone jack/audio line-out: no
Dead reckoning: no
Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout): yes
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature): yes
Motorcycle-friendly: no


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