Garmin, a popular maker of dependable navigation systems, is offering two new lines of its Nuvi system: the 2200 series and the 2300 series. The Garmin Nuvi 2200 and 2300 with MyTrends go a step beyond by offering the ability to predict your favorite destinations and automatically provide arrival times.
The Garmin Nuvi 2200 is the least expensive of the 2200 series, and is available on Garmin’s website for $149.99. This model comes with a 3.5 inch display and is easily mounted inside the windshield of any vehicle. One notable feature is “ecoRoute”, a routing and driving technology aimed at finding the most fuel-efficient route to any destination.
Also, the Garmin Nuvi 2200 offers “MyTrends”, a tool that stores your favorite destinations and makes it easy to automatically access their arrival times and routes. This feature has received mixed reviews. Drivers with a set routine may love that their Nuvi guesses they are going to work in the morning and automatically plans a route. Drivers with less of a routine may be inconvenienced by having to reset the assumptions the Nuvi has made.
The Garmin Nuvi 2200 series is available in three models: the 2200, 2250, and 2250LT. The price differences are small, with the 2250 selling for $159.99 and the 2250LT for $179.99 on Garmin’s website. The 2200 comes preloaded with maps of all of the United States except Alaska and of Caribbean destinations such as Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico. The 2250, for an additional $10, is also preloaded with maps of Mexico. The 2250LT also includes lifetime traffic information, hence the “LT” in its name.
When upgrading to the 2300 series, the consumer will see a larger screen of 4.3 inches and the possibility of adding the option of lifetime map updates with the 2300LM. “MyTrends” and “ecoRoute” software are still installed. Once again, small customizations can be made for adding maps of Mexico (the 2350), lifetime traffic (the 2350LT), and lifetime traffic with lifetime map updates (the 2350MT).
For a customer who wants a further upgrade, the Nuvi 2360LT and 2360MT models build upon the features of the lower 2300 models. The main addition is Bluetooth wireless for hands-free calling. Some customer reviews claim that the Bluetooth features are difficult to set up and use. The 2300 series also offers “ecoRoute HD” which is purported to offer more accurate fuel economy estimates than the “ecoRoute” available on the 2200 series, prompting some question as to whether the marketed difference is keen enough to be discernible to the user.