GPS units, or global positioning systems, have found their way into thousands of vehicles across the world. While smart phones, laptops, and other technological gizmos can act as GPS units, the systems of choice are in dash GPS units. While some cars are available with GPS units installed directly into the dashboard, many electronic retailers offer an assortment of in-dash GPS units that can be installed at the store, often while the customer waits. Shoppers should be cognizant that not every GPS system is ideal for every car, and a little research goes a long way prior to committing to the purchase of a unit to be certain it will fit the vehicle in question. Here is a look at the top five in-dash GPS units available:
The JVC KWNT3HDT is a fully capable GPS system available from Best Buy or best buy.com for $1199.99. The unit features a 6.1″ touch screen for simple controls while driving, and a variable color display so the device is sure to match the vehicle interior. This JVC unit features peak performance of 50 watts over four channels for dynamic sound, which is important since an iPod can be connected to the unit, and the device comes satellite radio ready. It also has a built in NAVTEQ directional receiver with over six million points of interest in North America, which means if you are looking for it, this guy can find it.
The Pioneer AVIC-X920BT is available from best buy.com or Best Buy for $999.99. This unit also features a 6.1″ touch screen for easy on the go navigations. The built in TeleAtlas navigation system stores twelve million points of interest, which makes finding anything a piece of cake. This unit comes HD radio ready and satellite radio ready, plus an iPod can be ported through the system as well. The Pioneer AVIC-X920BT also features 24 preset buttons for keeping favorite radio stations handy, plus it has the ability to play through a blue tooth headset.
The Alpine INA-W900BT is available for $1149.99 from Best Buy or best buy.com. This in-dash GPS unit features a 7″ touch screen display that can display audio and directional information simultaneously with picture in picture technology. It also features large icons and a host of customizable options. This unit is iPod ready, satellite radio ready, and HD radio ready as well. The inclusion of a USB port makes hooking up any MP3 player is a welcome addition to the Alpine INA-W900BT.
At $499.99 from Best Buy the Clarion VX400 is a low priced alternative to the more expensive in-dash GPS units. The six and half inch touch screen display is crisp and clear and easy to read, and the built in AM/FM Tuner with 48 preset buttons makes finding your favorite radio stations less of a chore. The Clarion VX400 is HD radio compatible and Sirius satellite radio ready. This unit is also compatible and ready to accept input from an iPhone or iPod.
The Kenwood DNX6160 has a touch screen a little over six inches in size, and is available for $999.99 from Best Buy. This Kenwood is powered by Garmin Ecoroute navigation, which means it delivers solid and precise directions regardless of the destination. The dual audio zone control is a nice feature that allows for directions and audio to played on separate speakers. The unit also comes satellite radio and iPod ready. Plus, the radio allows for up to 18 preset stations for keeping track of your favorite stations.