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2009 Chrysler Town and Country and 2009 Dodge Caravan Get Slight Economy Gains

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).

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Buying Guide

2009 Chrysler Town & Country

Fair Market Price $8,734 LX

EPA MPG:

17 City / 24 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Good

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 144 cu. ft.