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 GPS systems for Toyota Prado and LandCruiser

There are plenty of GPS systems available for Toyota. There's the standard version on some models the optional version based on the Tomtom and of course aftermarket market systems.

Not everyone can afford the model with GPS or the excessive cost of optioning up the car with one so selecting a portable GPS system is an ideal solution.

The disadvantage of many in-built GPS system is that it incorporates other controls like the climate control. Toyota has not done this with the Prado which gives you the option to replace it with more advanced systems for improved GPS navigation and better a better stereo system.

Inbuilt Toyota GPS

The standard inbuilt GPS included in some versions of the Prado is a pretty good. Gets the signal quick and navigation formula works well. The system works well since the stereo system is all in the one unit. It gets map data from a DVD located in the head unit of most models. There is nothing exceptional about the OEM GPS unit. It is very convenient system to use although some options are hard to find.

The hardware for any GPS system is usually very good these days so it is the quality of the map data, navigation route formulas, additional navigation features and ease of use are more important. 

In-built GPS systems requires you to stop before programming the location. Since it is often the passenger that plays the role of navigator this is annoying. Updating the map data is also expensive. Even the latest map data for may in-built GPS system do not include things like speed zones or safety and red light cameras. 

Toyota has designed the interior so that you can modify it. There are plenty of other branded systems that you can replace the integrated system with - however it usually comes at a cost like non-functioning steering wheel button controls, climate controls and so forth. However the major brand do have connection kits that allows aftermarket systems to use the existing steering wheel controls. Of course there is the need to get a installer or spend your own time taking out the old and installing the new one.

That's why we know that a stand alone portable GPS system is the most cost effective and convenient method of getting a GPS system for your car. We have used them for years. Best of all you can transfer them to another car or go walking around with it to find your way. The other positive is the ability to simply get a new one when it finally breaks or update map data or get the latest feature (eg. lane guidance and traffic) relatively cheaply or for free.
 

 
Last known pricing (RRP)
LandCruiser Prado
NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
DECEMBER 2009

Petrol
5 door Kakadu - $87,990
5 door VX - $74,490
5 door GXL - $63,490

Diesel
5 door Kakadu - $88,990
5 door VX - $75,490
5 door GXL - $64,490
5 door GX - $58,490

Diesel (Only)
3 door ZR - $65,990
3 door SX - $55,990

3 door SX - $55,990

See Read Motorblog for more!

Portable GPS systems.

There are plenty of different brands and systems to try out and all have they good and not so useful features. They can come as stand alone units or included as part of your mobile phone. So this series pages is devoted to our reviews and information about portable GPS systems.

These portable GPS are nor becoming much more useful and often come with live data options like traffic warnings and even weather and travel guides. Other features include being able to act as a bluetooth hands free kit.

We have purchased and tried quite a few of them over the years and we have tended to go to one particular brand.  However if we find better or value for money one we do give it a go too!

Our recommendations

There are a number of things to consider before buying a portable GPS system. However the most important is that the unit comes with the most current maps.

There are various models with different features so you really should decide which ones are most important to you before shopping.

We consider a trip computer, up to date maps, distance to turn and spoken street names, clear screen, fix speed and red light cameras information, off road navigation and route tracking to be the most important features.

The major portable GPS brands are: Tomtom, Garmin and Navman. Other less known brands include Binatone, Aldi, Uniden, Magellen. 

Of all the different brands and models we picked Garmin as our favorite purely because of 2 features the others do not usually have. Garmin has a easy to access reasonably featured trip computer and the ability to track and display historical trip routes overlayed on the main map.

Our reviews

Garmin 265W with Live traffic
Garmin 1390T review


 


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