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May 27, 2009

Garmin nuvi 465T Truck GPS Review

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Garmin nuvi 465T Trucking GPS Review

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Review Highlights

  • Garmin's first nuvi designed for the trucking industry. Easily switches between Automobile and Truck modes
  • Navigates routes based on your truck's type, load, height, weight, length, and hazardous load restrictions
  • Pre-loaded with NTTS Breakdown Directory
  • Lacks some of the features found on higher-end Garmin nuvi 7x5 models, but still leaps and bounds better than any other trucking-friendly GPS out there

Garmin's first navigator designed for the trucking industry, the nuvi 465T brings a trucking-friendly set of features to Garmin's already excellent nuvi product line. If you drive a large vehicle, the 465T can navigate routes based on your truck's type, load, and physical restrictions. Even better, routing is customizable by height, weight, length, width, and hazardous materials.

The nuvi 465T also includes free lifetime traffic, Bluetooth wireless, speaks street names, and comes with a pre-loaded NTTS Breakdown Directory. When not driving a truck, the 465T can be put into standard vehicle mode, and functions as any other Garmin nuvi.


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Table of Contents

  1. Technical Specifications
  2. What's in the Box
  3. Installing the nuvi 465T In a Car or Truck
  4. Setting-Up A Truck Profile
  5. Navigating With the nuvi 465T
  6. NTTS Breakdown Directory
  7. Finding an Address
  8. Finding A Restaurant
  9. Trucking POIs
  10. Setting the HOME Address
  11. Favorites
  12. Traffic
  13. Day & Night Mode
  14. Navigating to A Set of Coordinates
  15. Canceling the Current Route
  16. Where Am I? and Saving Your Current Position
  17. Bluetooth Hands Free Calling
  18. Multi-Destination Trips & Route Optimization
  19. Pros
  20. Cons
  21. Conclusion

1. Technical Specifications

Physical size (WxHxD) 4.8"W x 2.9"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm)
Weight 6.1 ounces (172.93 g)
Display 4.3 in. diagonal, 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA TFT landscape display with white backlight and touchscreen
Operating Temperature range from 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 C)
Charging Temperature range From 32 to 113 F (0 to 45 C)
Power input DC vehicle power using included 12 vehicle power cable, or AC power using optional adapter
Battery life up to 4 hours
Maps Pre-loaded maps of the US and Canada (City Navigator North America NT + City Navigator North America NT 3D)
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 1000
Routes 15
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft."): Yes
Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation): Yes
3-D building view (displays buildings in 3-D): No
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): Yes
Bluetooth® wireless technology (connect to your phone for hands-free calling): Yes
Traffic Yes
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads): Yes
ecoRoute™ (calculates a more fuel-efficient route) No
Trucking-friendly Yes - provides specialized routing to support truck-related restrictions

2. What's in the Box

Garmin nuvi 465T, Retail Box
Figure 1: Garmin nuvi 465T, Retail Box

Everything That's Included in the Box
Figure 2: Everything That's Included in the Box

The nuvi 465T includes the following items in the box:

  • nuvi 465T
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America or Europe (full coverage)
  • Lifetime traffic¹
  • FM traffic receiver with 12/24 volt power cable
  • Dash mount
  • USB cable
  • Dashboard disc
    Quick start manual

Garmin nuvi 465T, Front
Figure 3: Garmin nuvi 465T, Front

Physically, the nuvi 465T looks and feels identical to Garmin's other 4.3-inch GPS units, such as the 265WT, and 755T.

A simple black plastic case frames the 4.3-inch color touchscreen display (480 x 272 Pixels). A microphone (used for hands-free calling when the 465T is paired with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled cell phone) is located on the right side of the device. Notice that there are no physical controls on the nuvi 465T; except for the power switch, all controls are performed via the 4.3-inch touchscreen.

Garmin nuvi 465T, Rear
Figure 4: Garmin nuvi 465T, Rear

A single speaker is located at the rear of the nuvi 465T. Used both for power and for connecting the nuvi to a PC/Mac, the mini-USB connector is located on the back of the unit.

Garmin nuvi 465T, Top
Figure 5: Garmin nuvi 465T, Top

The power key is located on the top of the nuvi 465T. Sliding the power switch to the left turns the unit on or off. Sliding the switch to the right locks the screen.

Garmin nuvi 465T, Bottom
Figure 6: Garmin nuvi 465T, Bottom

Garmin nuvi 465T, Left Side
Figure 7: Garmin nuvi 465T, Left Side

The nuvi 465T comes pre-loaded with maps of North America (United States, Canada, & Puerto Rico) stored on its internal memory.

If you need more space, or want to install additional maps, an SD memory card slot is provided on the left side of the device. SD Memory cards aren't required for basic operation, as the maps are pre-loaded on internal memory.

Garmin nuvi 465T, Right Side
Figure 8: Garmin nuvi 465T, Right Side

Measuring 0.8-inches thick, the nuvi 465T is relatively thin, and about the same size as Garmin's other nuvi models.

Mounting Hardware
Figure 9: Mounting Hardware

The nuvi 465T ships with slightly different vehicle mounting hardware than other, non trucking-friendly Garmin nuvis. Most notably, the suction-cup style windshield mount is replaced by the

Mounting Arm, Connected to Mounting Base
Figure 10: Mounting Arm, Connected to Mounting Base

The Mounting Arm slide into the Mounting base until it 'clicks' into position. The arm can then bo rotated 360 degrees in either direction until the locking lever is moved to the locked position.

Mount and Cradle, Assembled
Figure 11: Mount and Cradle, Assembled

The cradle snaps onto the tip of the mounting arm, to form a fully assembled mount, as shown above.

Dash Mount
Figure 12: Dash Mount

Once assembled, the cradle forms a ball-and-socket type joint with the mounting arm. There's enough tension that the GPS is held firmly in place, but can still be easily adjusted with one hand, and without having to twist any knobs or throw any levers.

Nuvi 465T, Docked
Figure 13: Nuvi 465T, Docked

The nuvi 465T snaps easily into the cradle, shown above.

Garmin provides an excellent, simple, and effective windshield mount. The only minor disappointment is that the 465T uses a passive mount, so you'll have to connect the power cable to the back of the GPS whenever you dock or un-dock it (active mounts provide power to the GPS, so you don't have to connect or disconnect any cables when docking or undocking the device).

Temporary and Permanent Adhesive Mounting Disks
Figure 14: Adhesive Disks

Garmin includes two different adhesive mounting disks with the nuvi 465T: a "Temporary Disk", and a "Permanent Disk". The double-side adhesive "disk" sticks to the bottom of the mounting base, and your vehicle's dashboard.

As the names imply, the temporary disk is intended for mounting the 465T someplace where you might later want to remove it without damaging the dashboard. The permanent disk's adhesive is much stronger, and the disk is extremely difficult to remove once it is applied. We'll cover installing the adhesive disks in the next section of this review.

Vehicle Power Adapter
Figure 15: Vehicle Power Adapter

The 465T includes a 12v vehicle power adapter that has a traffic antenna built into the cable. The provided cable is about 2.5 times longer than the cable Garmin includes with nuvi GPS models not designed for use in a large truck. The extra cable length might be necessary for your installation, depending on the configuration of your vehicle.

Connecting the Power Cable to the 465T
Figure 16: Connecting the Power Cable to the 465T

One end of the power cable connects to your vehicle's cigarette lighter socket, the other to the mini-usb plug on the rear of the 465T.