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Garmin DriveSmart 65 & 55 VS Garmin DriveSmart 61 and 51

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Posted: 30/01/2019 at 12:04 PM   /   by   /   comments (0)

Garmin has released two new versions of their DriveSmart GPS range that are ‘Road-trip Ready’. These new versions are the DriveSmart 65 and DriveSmart 55. Both are expected to arrive at the end of January 2019. The AUD price will still stay the same between the new models and the old models which is great news and keeps these vehicle GPS units at a competitive price.

Garmin DriveSmart 55 & Live Traffic – AUD $299 – ETA: 28/02/2019 – in the box:

  • Garmin DriveSmart 55, Vehicle suction cup mount, Vehicle power cable, USB cable, Quick start manual

Garmin DriveSmart 65 & Live Traffic – AUD $329 – ETA 28/02/2019 – in the box:

  • Garmin DriveSmart 65, Vehicle suction cup mount, Vehicle power cable, USB cable, Quick start manual
Garmin DriveSmart 65 & Live Traffic

Garmin DriveSmart 65 & Live Traffic

Garmin DriveSmart 55 & Live Traffic

Garmin DriveSmart 55 & Live Traffic

What’s Changed between the new and the old models?

DriveSmart 55 vs DriveSmart 51

DriveSmart 55 DriveSmart 51
Display Screen Size 12.1cmW x6.8cmH 11.1cmW x 6.3cmH
3-D Buildings and Terrain Yes No
Display Resolution 1200 x 720p 480 x 272p

The DriveSmart 55 (Left) and the DriveSmart 51 (Right)

DriveSmart 65 vs DriveSmart 61

DriveSmart 65 DriveSmart 61
3-D Buildings and terrain Yes No

No comparison image required for these models as they look exactly the same.

Summary

The significant differences here are the 3D buildings, terrain display on the maps themselves. The DriveSmart 55 does have one unique change difference to its older model which is a larger display screen size and higher resolution to make the menu interface and mapping much clearer.

Overall Garmin has focused on streamlining these devices for road trips with easier to understand mapping (3-D and terrain).