The giant minivan boom has come and went. However, there are still many extremely popular minivan models around today. The Chrysler Town and Country is the top of the line minivan model from Chrysler. This van has been in production for many years and offers many luxury features that are not found on any others in its class. This name was used on Plymouth minivans, but since this brand name no longer exists you will see the Town and County name on Chrysler brand vehicles only.
The Chrysler Town and Country is still the most popular model in its class and continues to be an industry leading innovator. Competing mostly against Toyota and Honda, the minivan market has shrunk, but there is still some very stiff competition on this arena. The newest model of Town and Country vans come with the stow “n” go seats that collapse into the floorboards to make more room for large cargo and offer a small hidden storage space while the seats are in the upright position. DVD Players, Automatic Sliding doors and many other great options are available in different packages when you purchase one of these high end minivans. Most drivers are very surprised to find out how peppy the V-6 that comes stock in the Town and County van are too.
Engines: 3.3L V-6, 3.5L V-6, 4.0L V-6.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: LX, Touring, Limited
Fiat management promises a sheetmetal refresh and better interior materials, fit and finish for the 2011 Town & Country. What was supposed to be a facelift could be as substantial as Ford’s 2010 update of its Fusion midsize sedan.
There are no sheetmetal changes to distinguish the 2010 Town & Country model from the ’09. Compared with the competition, the Chrysler minivan has a very creased look.
Buyers have a choice of Stow ‘N Go or Swivel ‘N Go seats, in which the second row flips around to face the third row, with a plastic table between them for family card games.
The Town & Country’s three transverse-mounted V-6s are a 3.3-liter pushrod rated a four-cylinder-like 175 horsepower, a 3.8-liter pushrod rated 197 horsepower and an SOHC 4.0-liter rated 251 horsepower. Their replacement engine for ’11 is the DOHC Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 which is rated 280 horsepower in the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Among the Town & Country’s more than 40 safety features are advanced multi-stage airbags, supplemental side curtain airbags, blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-path accident avoidance system, ParkSense rear park assist, ParkView back up camera and electronic stability control.
LX: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Touring: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Limited: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Seating flexibility
- Optional Sirius live TV
- 4.0-liter’s six-speed automatic
- Clumsy handling
- Interior plastics
- Fit and finish
- Crude, outdated V-6s
Competent in a shrinking segment
- Toyota Sienna
- Honda Odyssey
- Kia Sedona
- Volkswagen Routan