New for 2015
The Chrysler Town & Country makes some trim level changes for 2015, including the base Town & Country LX and Limited Platinum, the latter of which gets heated seats for the first two rows, Nappa leather, and active safety technology.
The Chrysler Town & Country, one of the longest-running nameplates in its segment, is a seven-passenger minivan that is known for its versatile seating.
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and gets paired with a six-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17/25 mpg city/highway, which places the Town & Country near the back of the pack with its competition. Heated front and second-row seats in addition to the heated steering wheel are recommended for cold-weather minivan users. The many different seating configurations help to set apart the Town & Country: the second and third rows fold flat, the third row reverses for tailgate seating, a split-folding third-row bench increases versatility, and an optional power-folding third-row makes the operation even easier.
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good and one of poor for the new – and more difficult – small overlap front category (the highest possible rating is good).
What We Think
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country, soon-to-be the last Detroit-made van in the segment, is still a competitor. After several years of updates by the competition, and a redoubled effort by Kia, the Town & Country is feeling a bit dated. Despite that, the Chrysler van still sells well because it “remains very relevant to customers whose kids are growing but whose egos aren’t.”
In an Around the Block review of a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country S, one editor with two kids noted that with the plethora of seating configurations it remained easy to use, even for the kids. The buttons for the power sliding door were right at child level. The upright driving position is comfortable, and remains so for long distances. We noted that passing power can feel a bit lacking, but “that’s more a result of the sometimes-clunky six-speed automatic than the smooth 3.6-liter V-6.” Torque steer is quite apparent too, especially on slippery pavement. The Town & Country is slated for an update in the next two years.
- Stow ‘n’ Go second row and power-folding third-row
- Smooth V-6
- Low floor makes ingress/egress easier
You Won’t Like
- Torque steer on slick roads
- Clunky transmission
- Dated platform lacks technology of competition
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna
- Nissan Quest
- Kia Sedona
- Three-row crossovers