Garmin Nuvi 265WT Review



The Garmin 265WT is a great machine that comes with a ton of features and best of all does not cost that much. This system comes with great features that include text to speech, blue tooth and FM traffic to get you away from all the traffic jams around you.

The Garmin Nuvi 265WT is so easy to use,  the map is easy to read, the menus are intuitive, and the graphical interface makes it easier to view traffic alerts. Features are nicely integrated so as not to needlessly clutter the screen. For example, telephone controls only appear when the Nuvi is actively paired with a Bluetooth phone. It is a full featured GPS system that offers a well designed map screen, slim form factor, free traffic for the life of the device, and a large POI database.

Why its good

  • Multi-Route Stopping – You can set up a route and set up several stops on the route very easily.
  • Easy Bluetooth Connection – Connecting your phone to this device is extremely easy.
  • Ease of use – You do not need to read the manual to operate this system.
  • Good Routing Engine – The system calculates the best routes for you. The engine used in garmins are better than the ones in tomtom or magellan
  • Garmin WebUpdater – Garmin provides a very easy way to keep the gps system up to date
  • Text to Speech – The system announces the street names in a very nice natural voice.
  • Faster processor – Comes with a 333 Mhz processor for smoother map drawing and vehicle icon motion through turns
  • Send addresses directly to your Garmin from Google maps or mapquest.


  • Screen is not very bright
  • Cannot exclude roads on route
  • Retains finger prints very easily
  • Weak internal speaker – It gets hard to hear what the system is saying because it has a very small speaker.
  • Touch screen is not very sensitive – You have to press the screen hard sometimes for the system to recognize your input

Bottom Line

The Garmin Nuvi 265WT is one of the best GPS systems in the Garmin Nuvi line and with its low price making this gps system a good deal. As you will always get with Garmin nuvi’s, you get a ton of useful features and is extremely easy to use. The Nuvi 265WT picks routes very well and handles missed turns automatically and recalculates in a few seconds. With this system, Garmin provides its buyers with free traffic alers for the life of the system. We highly recommend this gps system to anyone looking for a solid gps system that has multimedia features and simply does what it is suppose to do.

Garmin 265WT Prices

In the Box

The following items are included in the box

  1. Garmin Nuvi 265WT
  2. FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable
  3. Vehicle suction cup mount
  4. USB cable
  5. Dashboard disc
  6. Quick start manual

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  1. Rich Owings

    The 265WT has no FM transmitter.

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    • sweepix

      The Garmin Nuvi does not have a FM transmitter but comes with an integrated GTM 20 FM traffic receiver designed to receive alerts about traffic tie-ups and road construction that might lie ahead on your route.

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  2. jorge

    does the garmin 265wt display the caller id name?

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    • sweepix

      When receiving a call the 10-digit number is SOMETIMES displayed, and sometimes it states UNKNOWN even though the caller exists in the phonebook.

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  3. jim

    cant get it all to workr how do i do that thanks wally

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  4. Charlie

    To me, this is about the perfect GPS. The FM traffic receiver is free (with ads you never notice) and woeks flawlessly. They musthave fixed the sound problem, because the voice it speaks is very loud and clear

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    Wow! Thank you! I permanently needed to write on my website something like that. Can I include a part of your post to my website?

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  6. Garmin Nuvi 350

    garmin 265wt is the best !!

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