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Garmin StreetPilot 7200 Review ( Preview )


According to information obtained, Garmin is currently finalizing plans for a new GPS vehicle navigation system for their StreetPilot line. According to information we have seen, Garmin’s latest GPS in the StreetPilot series will be the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 and should be released sometime in October.

The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 contains the typical GPS vehicle navigation features as well as a few new features to automotive GPS systems.

For example you will be able to subscribe to and listen to XM Radio. You will also be able to connect external video devices to the unit watch video over the StreetPilot 7200 screen. Real-time traffic information will also be supported through an FM TMC Traffic Receiver ( the GTM 10 ). The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 also comes with a remote control.

Additional maps and data can be added through SD cards and a USB connection to your computer. The unit is 5.6″ x 3.2″ x 2″ and weighs just under one pound. The screen will reportedly be suitable for watching videos on its 17:9 WQVGA touch screen TFT display that is 454 pixels by 240 pixels.

Using data from the FM TMC Traffic Receiver ( GMT 10 ) you will be able to modify routes around detours as well as creating custom “avoids” to alert the routing software of areas you would prefer the system to route around.

Typical XM Radio functions are expected to be available such as adding favorite artists, scanning, setting “presets” of favorite stations, etc. You can also output the XM Radio sound to your vehicle’s built-in speaker system.

6 Responses

  1. Interested in information on StreetPilot 7200GPS, as advertized in Highway Magazine. Also, would like to know of any dealers in Western Canada>

    COLIN MARSHALL - December 11th, 2006
  2. I have a question about the Garmin 7200.I know its really made for Rv’s and trucks(big rig). my question is.Does the Garmin 7200 have commerical routs?

    kris - February 13th, 2008
  3. You can set it up to avoid things like parkways however it doesn’t take into account things like bridge heights.

    Tim - February 13th, 2008
  4. So far (about a month) everything is great except the FM transmitter is too weak for this market (Chicago) and my car configuration(the antenna is on the roof at the rear). Virtually every channel is in use in the Chicago area. The signal is too weak to even be picked up in the educational band (under about 91 MHz). Most places there is a constant multipath on every channel I’ve tried.

    Ralph - April 29th, 2008
  5. As stated in my earlier post Garmin needs to partner with an excellent sound system (Bose) etc. Sound is necessary for truckers as big rigs are noisy we need a professional sound system. If the trucker model(s) will listen to the professional truckers and their needs I’m sure Garmin will be able to come up with a system that will beat the competition hands down. Lets not forget those legally alternate route alerts remember legally and not something that is going to put the trucker in the middle of a dead end street to nowhere.

    Jeff Wainwright - March 29th, 2009
    • Have been using the 7200 almost from the day it came out. Convinced to this day the 7200 is the best GPS Garmin has made, especially for trucks. Been driving a truck for ten years and have always had a GPS. Mostly Garmin. Have tested many GPS devices from Garmin and others side by side with the 7200 including Garmins’ latest offerings. The 7200 wins. Regarding sound. Tricky. The 7200 has an audio out jack that works great when hooked to a cassett adapter then plugged into your truck speakers. Eliminates the interference one gets when in a large city where nearly all broadcast bands are taken. Not the fault of the FM modulator whatever the model or make. Just use the cassett adapter and never worry about it again. I have used the Bose 300 and 500 series computer speakers in conjunction with the 7200. The 300 is easier because the 500 is USB based but it can be done. Both Bose units consume more than 300 watts in order to run. One company I worked for did not allow an inverter larger than 300 watts so the Bose speakers would not work at all. Had better luck with Klipsch. Real good sound but the wiring, powering up and the clutter in the truck became too much. I just use the truck speakers now. Upgraded those and the sound is terrific.

      Gary Snay - March 9th, 2010

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