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2014 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan Review

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Edmunds Expert Review of the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • With its comprehensive equipment and nifty Stow 'n Go seats, the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country looks great on paper, but rival minivans are fundamentally more refined.

  • Safety | Reliability | Rating Details
  • Pros

    Versatile rear seating and cargo bay configurations; plentiful standard and optional features.

  • Cons

    Doesn't ride as well as competitors; limited driver legroom; occasional rough shifts from transmission; seven-passenger maximum.

  • What's New for 2014

    The Chrysler Town & Country enters 2014 without any major changes.

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Reviews from owners of the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

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For 30 years the leader in minivans

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

This 2014 T&C 30th Anniversary Edition had features and a price that gave maximum value for the money. Plenty of seating and cargo carrying options. Respectable highway gas mileage 25-27+. The 30th anniversary model has u-connect with bluetooth , Sirius Xm, and Navigation. Blind Spot Monitoring, Cross Path Detection and other options that add comfort and safety to the driving experience. Go to a dealer and compare features. Drive one. I bought my T&C at the end of the model year in 2014 (October) and saved thousands off sticker.



4 of 10 people found this review helpful

Mediocre at best, very uncomfrotable

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

This car is average in every category except for comfort, where it gets a resounding 1 out of 5 in my book. The back seats have headrests that angle forward, making about a 140-150 degree angle with the seatback. Additionally, they're about as receptive to human heads as frying pans and are not adjustable. One would think back seat comfort would be important in a car where buyers will almost definitely be buying the vehicle specifically for the purpose of having comfortable back seats, but alas, Chryster disagrees. Again, the rest of the car is exactly what you'd expect for the price and make: ok MPG, ok outward and inward appearance, ok sound system. Below average shock absorption as well.



13 of 13 people found this review helpful

This one is best yet

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

I switched from '13 to '14 model for several reasons below: added blind spot monitoring, heated seats, remote starter in harsh winters. This car absolutely rocks. First thing I noticed the steering is now more precise and firm. A rearview camera has obviously been improved as images look much crispier. For me, the biggest complaint for the '13 model was a late shift from 3rd to 4th gear and back while in stop and go traffic which felt like a delayed acceleration. I drove several of these having the same issue. This is no longer the case, so obviously the engineers have made software adjustments and it now drives perfect.



2 of 13 people found this review helpful

Not so great

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

My family recently rented this for an 800 mile trip. Let me tell you, it is way over priced! Every piece of interior trim is flimsy plastic. At highway speeds everything vibrates. This vehicle has 10k miles and honestly feels like it has 100k. The seats are rock hard and I just could never justify spending 30k on this vehicle. It does have great tech inside, along with a more than adequate engine for a mini van. Just disappointed that every piece on the inside is fake and flimsy. Fake wood trim, fake leather seats, just not good.



12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Best minivan out there

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

Drove the Odyssey, Sienna and Quest. The Chrysler T&C is the best of the bunch and the best value available. We had been looking for a while and finally narrowed it down to the Nissan Quest and Chrysler T&C. Took two test drives in both. Chrysler was so much better looking than the Quest is the ugliest minivan out there. I really could not get past that. Finally rented a T&C for a 150 mile day trip. The van averaged over 30 MPG. Although the rental was a 2014, it had over 30,000 miles and it still felt, drove and sounded like brand new. That did it for me. We bought a Chrysler Town & Country the next day and paid $3,000 less than a comparably equipped Nissan.



18 of 18 people found this review helpful

Do not hesitate to buy one of these!

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Vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

This is the highest example of a modern vehicle despite the mediocre reports from "experts" - which have done nothing but cast doubts on their objectivity. This is the third T&C we have bought and may well be the best of the lot. Anybody expecting a hotrod will not only be expectedly disappointed, they will be showing their immaturity and ineptitude as well. Let a lady who is accustomed to minivans behind the wheel - and then the keyboard - and get a true feeling of the quality and confidence that this fine vehicle embodies. I would say anybody less than satisfied simply purchased the wrong vehicle!



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Full Expert Review: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

What's New for 2014

The Chrysler Town & Country enters 2014 without any major changes.

Introduction

At first blush, the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country seems like it should be the class of the minivan segment. Even the base Town & County Touring comes standard with a remarkable range of features, including a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, while higher-end models have enough goodies to rival those of luxury sedans. Although 2014 could be the current Town & Country's final year of production, the venerable Chrysler still checks most of the boxes for minivan shoppers. It's natural to wonder why this van doesn't get more respect.

But to get the full picture, you have to consider the current Town & Country's checkered past. Before the 2011 model year, when Chrysler unveiled extensive updates, both the Town & Country and its Dodge Grand Caravan sibling were frankly not competitive relative to the latest people-movers from Japan. And although those updates, including an interior overhaul and a new engine and transmission, restored the Chrysler twins to respectability, the van's basic design and structure remained intact. This explains why even the fancy Town & Country still goes about its business with a relative lack of refinement. There's only so much Chrysler's engineers could do with those pre-2011 bones.

For some minivan buyers, this might not matter all that much. All those standard and available luxuries are appealing, and the van's signature feature ? the Stow 'n Go seats ? are exceptionally handy when it's time for hauling cargo instead of passengers. Plus, the Town & Country's V6 engine offers a decent mix of power and fuel economy, even if it's not as well-mannered as we would like. To be clear, the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna are better overall, and the Honda and Toyota also boast available eight-passenger seating. But despite its foibles, a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country may be worth considering at the right price.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is offered in four trim levels: Touring, S, Touring-L and Limited.

The entry-level Touring model comes packed with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, a roof rack, heated mirrors, dual power-sliding doors and a power tailgate. Inside you'll find an auto-dimming rearview mirror, triple-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), Stow 'n Go second-row seats, cruise control, full power accessories (including second-row power windows and third-row power vents), a conversation mirror, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a 115-volt AC power outlet.

Electronic features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment center with a flip-down screen above the second row, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice-command functionality, rear-seat USB charging ports and a six-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and 28 gigabytes of digital music storage.

The S adds black-painted 17-inch wheels; a darkened grille; a performance-tuned suspension; additional interior storage; black leather upholstery with unique cloth inserts; and a rear seat entertainment system with an HDMI input, a DVD/Blu-ray player and two flip-down screens (one each for the second and third rows).

The Touring-L lacks the S's sporty flourishes, performance suspension and standard DVD/Blu-ray system, but it adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and second- and third-row window shades.

The top-of-the-line Limited model goes all-out with xenon headlights, power-folding exterior mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, power-adjustable pedals, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver memory functions, heated first- and second-row seats, a navigation system, a nine-speaker premium audio system and the S model's extra storage and Blu-ray entertainment system.

Some of the standard features found on the upper 2014 Chrysler Town & Country trim levels can be added to the lower trims via optional packages. Notably, the Limited's navigation system (which uses Garmin software) can be added to the others as an option; the Blu-ray system is optional on the Touring-L; and every Town & Country is eligible for the uConnect Web feature, which turns your minivan into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. A 30th Anniversary package adds many of the Limited model's amenities to the Touring-L, along with special exterior badging. Other package options include a sunroof (Limited only), a towing package (with trailer sway control and an automatic load-leveling suspension that's also available via separate packages on Touring-L and Limited), fixed second-row seats (Touring-L and Limited) and a power-folding third-row seat (Touring-L and Limited only).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city/25 mpg highway).

In Edmunds testing, the Town & Country accelerated from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds, which is average for the class.

Safety

Standard on the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country are antilock disc brakes, stability control, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard. Blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-path detection system are standard on the Touring-L and Limited. In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, an impressive braking distance for a minivan.

In government crash tests, the Town & Country received four out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars awarded for overall frontal-impact protection and five stars for overall side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Town & Country earned the highest score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap, frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Town & Country's leather-lined cabin is nicely equipped no matter which model you choose. Although materials quality remains somewhat hit or miss, the vibe is undeniably a luxurious one -- a step up from the workaday ambience in other minivans.

Seat comfort is generally adequate in the Town & Country, although deeply reclined seatback cushions in the second and especially third rows can make for an odd seating posture. Headroom is sparse in the third row, too, though only adults are likely to notice.

One of the Town & Country's strongest selling points is the Stow 'n Go functionality of the second-row seats, allowing them to fold flat into the floor at the simple tug of a lever. The 60/40-split third-row seat also folds flat (power-folding capability is optional), and it can also be flipped backward to create handy chairs for tailgate parties. With all seats folded flat, the cargo area measures 143.8 cubic feet, a competitive figure for a minivan. With the seats in place, there are still a healthy 33 cubes behind the third row.

Driving Impressions

Edmunds.com editors of different heights have observed that the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country's pedals are mounted unusually close to the driver seat, and this, along with limited seat-track travel, restricts legroom and can make this minivan uncomfortable on longer trips. If you can find a good position behind the wheel, you'll find that the big Chrysler drives pretty well, with adequate handling for a minivan and good passing punch from the V6. There's a lot of engine noise under hard acceleration, however, and shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission can be abrupt and even rough at times.

We're not overly impressed with the ride quality, either. Compared with the competition, the Chrysler's ride isn't as composed or refined on rough roads. On the other hand, the Town & Country's steering is impressively precise and informative by minivan standards.

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