One of the longest-running models in the minivan segment, Chrysler's Town & Country offers a long list of standard luxury features in addition to a capacious, versatile and innovative interior. Though a dated platform means its driving manners aren't as refined as those of some competitors, the Town & Country does feature class-leading power courtesy of a gutsy Pentastar V6.
For the latest model year, the Town & Country lineup gains two new trim levels called LX and Limited Platinum, respectively.
The current Town & Country has been on the market since 2007, but a comprehensive refresh introduced four years back keeps the minivan from looking too dated. Outside, a streamlined front fascia with elegant chrome trim imparts a touch of class, while the changes Chrysler applied to the interior - including a simpler dashboard design and strategically placed soft-touch materials - create an upscale feel.
The versatile cabin continues to be highlighted by Chrysler's clever Stow 'n Go feature. Standard on the second row seats and available as an option for the third row, Stow 'n Go allows the seats to be easily folded into the floor, creating a flat loading space for cargo. Also standard are third-row "tailgate seats," which flip backwards to create a rear-facing bench.
Seven passenger seating is the default configuration, while the second-row captain's chairs can be swapped out for a bench seat to create room for eight.
Cargo space is rated at 33 cubic inches behind the third row seats; with the second and third rows folded, a substantial 143.8 cubic feet of cargo room becomes available.
The Town & Country is available exclusively with Chrysler's 3.6-liter "Pentastar" V6, which boasts a healthy 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels via six-speed automatic transmission and returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Although an option in years past, all-wheel-drive is no longer available on the Town & Country.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Town & Country is available in five trim levels: LX, Touring, Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum.
The Town & Country LX features power sliding doors and liftgate, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats ad a rear-view camera.
The Touring is fitted as standard with a rear-seat DVD player, triple-zone automatic climate control,power front seats, a Uconnect Media center with six speakers and a USB input jack, Sirius Satellite Radio and a rear-view camera.
To those features, the Touring-L adds remote start, chrome exterior mirrors with supplemental signals, automatic headlamps, second and third row window sun shades, a security alarm, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and the SafetyTec package, which is highlighted by Rear Cross Path and Blind-spot Monitoring systems.
The top-spec Limited trim brings a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, heated 1st and 2nd row seats, a heated steering wheel, a premium 506-watt sound system, luxury Nappa leather-trimmed seats, HID headlamps, dual rear DVD screens, a keyless enter 'n go system and a Super Console storage system.
Finally, the range-topping Limited Platinum gains Nappa leather upholstery, a Blu-Ray dual-screen DVD system, a power sunroof, a memory function for the power seats and door mirrors, heated first and second row seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Looking to add some attitude to the Town & Country minivan, Chrysler recently extended its blacked-out "S" treatment to the people hauler.
Similar to Chrysler's existing S-badged 200 and 300 sedans, the Town and Country S is characterized by boatloads of sinister black trim. The grille, badges and headlights surrounds are all rendered in black, and black-trimmed 17-inch wheels fill the dark voids of the wheel wells.
While the van can also be had in Deep Cherry Red, Stone White or Billet Silver, Brilliant Black seems like the most appropriate hue for the exterior.
There are no color choices inside - Black Torino leather seats with Ballistic Black cloth inserts, Piano Black trim and a black headliner are all standard. "S" logos adorn the seatbacks and gauge cluster, and dark grey stitching completes the treatment.
In addition to the style-focused upgrades, there's a "performance" suspension setup similar to that of the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T "Man Van." Chrysler's new Blu-Ray dual-screen DVD system, which is optional on other Town & Country trims, is standard on the S.
Standard safety features on the Town & Country include dual front and side airbags, 1st, 2nd and 3rd row head airbags, traction and stability control systems and electronic brake-force distribution.
Looking for a full-size minivan (if you'll pardon the oxymoron)? Alternatives to the Town & Country include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.