If you like to get out and explore new terrain in your ATV or UTV, you’d be wise to take a look at our list of the best ATV GPS systems and find one that suits you.
I can proudly say that I’ve never been lost. I just have found places that I haven’t been to before and from where I may not quite know how to get back to where I started from, but that doesn’t mean I’m lost. That’s what I always tell my wife when she asks if we’re lost. She doesn’t always believe me, but like Inigo Montoya said in The Princess Bride, I know something that she does not know. No, I’m not left-handed, but I do have a backup plan. I always have a GPS with me to help me find my way. Today’s GPS systems available to off-road enthusiasts have more features and are much more user friendly than ever before. Here are five of the best ATV GPS systems that will help you find your way home, avoid any arguments and are less expensive than you might think. You can thank me later.
Magellan has gone and made some of the best GPS systems specifically for the off-road community, and for 2018, it has not only improved on the lineup, but made them more affordable. The Magellan TR7 retails for under $400 and is loaded with 115,000 trails! Yes, you read that right trails – not roads. They have those on there too, but 115,000 trails is HUGE. It has a 7-inch touchscreen display that is shock, dust and water resistant. You can expand on the trails available by using the TRX Trailhead website where users map out and upload even more maps.
It made sense to also include the Magellan TR5, a lower cost option with a 5-inch touch screen and a price a hair under $200. This smaller GPS packs the same features in as it’s bigger brother. You get the same 115,000 trail database and you can also add more as you go. Like the TR7, you can start your journey with a single touch, track your progress and get notifications if you veer off course. Both units can link via Bluetooth to your smartphone for connectivity and other features, making these two of the best ATV GPS systems available.
Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx
Garmin has been in the GPS business for a long time and brings considerable technology to the table. The Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx has GPS and GLONASS satellite reception that helps get a stronger signal in remote areas. It is preloaded with topographic maps and supports active weather updating and tracking, which can come in very handy. In addition to the topo mapping, you can choose Garmin’s HuntView mapping for those of us that use our ATVs for hunting and other outdoor activities. It has pushbutton controls and is sealed for dust, water and guarded against shock, making it a great option for off-road use. It’s not cheap, with a price around the $600 mark, but if you use your GPS for more than just riding, and want accuracy in remote areas, it makes a great amount of sense.
Lowrance Elite-5 Ti
I know what you’re thinking – that’s a fishfinder! It is. But Lowrance markets the Lowrance Elite-5 Ti as both a marine GPS and fishfinder AND as an off-road GPS system, and it’s pretty cool how it does it. Yes, if does have marine functions that are designed to work on your boat to bring in the big catch, but those can be disabled for off-road use. In off-road mode, you have access to marine GPS reception, even on land. You also have full plotting capability with top map overlays. The system is also sealed against water, dust and more. These are very durable units and highly accurate, a major plus when trying to find your way. Easy-to-use touch screen navigation, sealed buttons and more make this an easy to use option, that can also work on your boat when you’re not hitting the trails. Plus, you can get one for well under $600.
Magellan TRX-7 CS
Undoubtedly one of the best ATV GPS systems anywhere, the top-level Magellan TRX-7 CS off-road system has the same 115,000 ORV trails and easy-to-use touchscreen navigation as the lower cost units. This unit adds a built-in digital camera with GPS tagging to upload your journey in new and fun ways. It also has full Bluetooth connectivity and one-touch social media sharing to Twitter or Instagram. ATV.com’s own Rick Sosebee has played around much with the unit, which you can read about here.