Automakers are scrambling to get you farther on each gallon of gas and Chrysler is no exception. The latest vehicles to squeak out a bit more fuel economy are the 2009 Chrysler Town and Country and 2009 Dodge Caravan.
Chrysler engineers tweaked the 4.0-liter, 251 hp V-6 found in the 2009 Town and Country and upper-trim Caravans and paired it with a 6-speed automatic transmission, a first for minivans. They then tuned the transmission for better economy, giving it a taller first gear and tightening steps between ratios so that the big vans lose less momentum during shifting. The result is an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy, up to 17 city/25 highway from 16 city/ 23 highway. It may not sound like much, but it’s enough to make the vans among the most efficient on the market (it actually ties them with some 2009 Honda Odyssey models).