After a year with our 2008 Town & Country, we asked for a better powertrain, a better interior, and more competent driving dynamics. This update thoroughly addresses the former two complaints and takes a half-hearted stab at the latter. The new Pentastar V-6 is the most significant change and indeed puts the T&C on par with the Japanese offerings in terms of engine refinement. Like Jean, I wasn’t blown away by the new interior, but I would say that it, too, has at least benchmarked its competitors, keeping in mind that the Toyota Sienna is no shining star in terms of fit and finish, and even the segment-leading Odyssey pinches pennies on its dash plastics.
For this new edition, Chrysler seems to have adopted some of the changes Volkswagen made for the “German engineered” Routan, namely the heavier steering. This helps lend a feeling of solidity to the van. Unfortunately, it can’t completely hide a pretty weak structure. It still squeaks and allows in far too much noise. Like Jean, I wonder if this is enough to hold the van over until 2014.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor