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Chrysler Town and Country Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.6 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 283 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country

  • The Chrysler Town & Country gets a host of mechanical, styling and interior improvements for 2011, but it still trails the competition in terms of refinement.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile rear seating configurations; attractive interior.

  • Cons

    Drivetrain lacks refinement; limited driver legroom.

  • What's New for 2011

    The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country receives a restyled exterior and a greatly improved cabin. An all-new 3.6-liter V6 and a retuned suspension also make it a lot better to drive. The Swivel 'n Go seating option has been dropped.

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Customer Reviews

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Worst vehicle i've ever owned!

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Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Purchased this van new and it's spent more of its life in the shop than on the road. Numerous malfunctions and numerous recalls, all of which required down time and inconvenience. I'll never buy another Chrysler product!!!!!



20 of 23 people found this review helpful

Burnt once, 2x don't know

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Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Leased a 2008 Chrysler T&C, just returned and leased the 2011 version. Was looking at the Sienna, could not trust a company with more recalls than GM. The Odyssey, notorious for A/T transmission failure, please note 2011 is the same transmission. Fortunately, the 2008, served it's purpose, HOWEVER, we had to replace the brakes 2x driving over 30K miles, quite expensive. So far, so good, build quality is stronger than Fort Knox. FIAT owning Chrysler will be a great thing. (Fortitude In America Tony) Upper management has taken the time and effort to rebuild the minivan, properly for 2011.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Nicest chrysler minivan in years

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Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

5th chrysler family van lease since 99. Had the dodge, chrysler and at the time plymoth. The 2011 on the inside is by far the nicest one yet. Last generation 08-10 was the worst I've had. Cheap look/feel to the interior and worst drivabilities. Too much roll in turns but this new one beats them all since 99. look and feel of the interior definately the highest quality and nicest design yet. IMO you can even argue it's nicer than the Sienna or Odessy I looked into. Only drove about 300 mi's but seems so far to be much improved over last generation in terms of road handling but it remains to be seen how this new powertrane and redesigned suspensions stand the tests of time



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sweetness

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Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

My oh my! The new T&C is by far the best Chrysler has offered in a mini van. We are on our 3rd T&C (05, 08, and 11) and this one blows away our 08'. The minor exterior changes are perfect, but the interior changes are what make this van most enjoyable to drive. As for build quality, time will tell. We had major issues with brakes on our 08'. Going on road trip next month. Looking forward to driving 20 hours.



21 of 21 people found this review helpful

Wife loves it

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Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring-L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

We have had the 2011 for about 500 miles now, as they were late coming on the market. Was worth the wait. Many things we like about this compared to our old pre-stow and go T&C. Miss a few things too, like the flat folding rear seats. Low end torque of the 3.6 L Pentastar is awsome. Seats are better than the 2010 models we test drove. Hiway mileage seems a bit better than our old 3.8 L, but city is probably about the same due to the heavier weight of the vechicle. With 7 adult passengers, we were getting 25-26 mpg on our first road trip on winter gas in MN.



Full 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Review

What's New for 2011

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country receives a restyled exterior and a greatly improved cabin. An all-new 3.6-liter V6 and a retuned suspension also make it a lot better to drive. The Swivel 'n Go seating option has been dropped.

Introduction

If the phrase "luxury minivan" strikes you as an oxymoron, allow us to suggest you have a look at the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country. Though minivans have long been among the most utilitarian vehicles out there, the folks at Chrysler decided there's room at the top of this segment for a decidedly more upscale version that combines luxury car amenities with the minivan's many practical benefits.

To achieve that goal, Chrysler started with a subtle exterior makeover. While you might not be able to put your finger on all of the changes, taken together the host of new styling details here do a lot to set the Town & Country apart from its more working-class sibling, the Dodge Grand Caravan.

The biggest change to this substantially revised Town & Country is inside, however. The outgoing model's low-budget passenger cabin has been replaced with an elegant new design and upgraded materials that both look and feel noticeably richer. There have also been a number of functional improvements here too, including Stow-n-Go second-row seats that have been redesigned with greater comfort in mind.

Less obvious, but no less important, are the mechanical changes lurking beneath the updated sheet metal. The combination of an all-new 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and a nicely recalibrated suspension make driving this new Town & Country a much more enjoyable experience.

Of course the Town & Country isn't the only new model chasing well-heeled buyers. Top trim levels of the redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey, 2011 Nissan Quest and 2011 Toyota Sienna are especially nice and also benefit from more refined drivetrains. But the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country's combination of meaningful upgrades and upscale optional features make us think that Chrysler calling its T&C a luxury minivan might not be much of a stretch after all.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is offered in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L and Limited.

The entry-level Touring model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, a roof rack, power sliding doors, a power tailgate and rear parking sensors. Inside you'll find air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a power driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, Stow 'n Go second-row seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full power accessories (including second-row power windows and third-row power vents), a conversation mirror, a back-up camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 115-volt AC power outlet, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a six-speaker CD sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and digital music storage.

Moving up to the Touring-L model gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote ignition, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and second- and third-row window shades. The top-of-the-line Limited model adds xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment center with twin display screens, Sirius Backseat TV and a nine-speaker premium audio system.

Some of the standard features found on the upper Town & Country trim levels can be added to the lower trims via optional packages. Other major options include a sunroof, a power-folding third-row seat, second- and third-row window shades, Bluetooth, Sirius Travel Link satellite data service, a rear-seat DVD entertainment center with dual video screens and Sirius Backseat TV.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 283 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. In Edmunds testing, the Town & Country accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, about a half-second slower than the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Safety

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country comes with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags and a driver knee airbag. A blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-path detection system are also standard.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, an average distance for a minivan.

Interior Design and Special Features

For 2011, the Chrysler Town & Country's interior gets a major makeover. While the dimensions remain largely unchanged, virtually everything else is new and improved, resulting in a passenger cabin that seems downright posh on the top-of-the-line Limited trim level.

There are some notable functional changes here as well, including redesigned versions of Chrysler's Stow 'n Go second-row seats that are more comfortable than before. Unlike other minivans that require the removal of the middle row of seats to achieve maximum cargo capacity, the Stow 'n Go seats fold flat into the floor. Operating these seats is fairly simple, and only a quick tug of a strap and a few gentle yanks are required to make them disappear into the floor.

The third-row seats are also comfortable, but headroom may be tight for taller folks and shorter folks may find the aggressive tilt of the seat cushion to be like sitting in a dentist's chair. The 60/40-split third-row seat can be had with a slick power-folding option and can also be flipped backward to create comfortable seating for tailgate parties and the kids' soccer games. Several Edmunds editors of different heights, however, noticed that the driver seat and pedals are mounted too close together, even when moved to the widest setting offered by the power adjustments.

With all three rows of seats in use, the Town & Country offers a healthy 33 cubic feet of cargo room. Folding down the second- and third-row seats creates a flat load floor with a competitive 143.8 cubic feet of space.

Driving Impressions

The multiple mechanical changes make the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country a contender. But segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are still steps ahead through their enhancements for 2011. By comparison, the T&C lacks some of the refinement found in the Honda and Toyota. The Chrysler's engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there's an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can be jarring. The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant as well. On the highway, we've also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to the outgoing model.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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