New Chrysler Town and Country Review

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The highest-ranking member of Chrysler's family of front-wheel-drive minivans, the Chrysler Town and Country has long appealed to families and empty-nesters seeking a practical vehicle with a dash of luxury inside and out. Early T&Cs satisfied this desire with wood-grain decals, leather seats and a standard V6 engine, while the current model offers amenities like a navigation system, tri-zone climate control and a power-operated liftgate. Since its introduction for 1990, the Chrysler Town and Country has shared all of its mechanicals with its less upscale Dodge siblings, the Caravan and Grand Caravan, and that carries through to the current generation.

Over the years, some of the Town and Country's amenities have been truly ground-breaking. The T&C has offered Stow 'n Go, a seating system that provides fold-flat capability for both the second- and third-row seats, as well as in-floor storage compartments when the seats are occupied. They were also the first to offer driver-side sliding doors. But in other aspects, the T&C's features list has often been a step behind the competition. It was among the last minivans to offer essential features like stability control and a rearview camera. Reliability concerns are also perpetual. Overall, the T&C may be Chrysler's finest, and the current van is no doubt the best yet, but there are typically better minivans on the market.

Current Chrysler Town and Country
The Chrysler Town and Country comes in three trims: Touring, Touring-L and Limited. Under the hood of them all is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 283 horsepower. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard. Even the base model is well equipped, with automatic headlights and wipers, a power tailgate, rear parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals and driver seat, a touchscreen stereo interface and Chrysler's innovative Stow 'n Go seating system. This unique system gives the T&C a leg up on the competition, presenting the best solution for those who routinely need their van to serve double duty as a hauler of people and stuff. There's no need to physically remove seats. You just, as the name implies, stow the second-row captain's chairs into the floor and go.

The two upper trims can be equipped like proper luxury vehicles with heated leather seats, heated steering wheel and xenon headlights. There are also a number of special minivan features available like rear window shades, a power-folding third row and a twin-screen entertainment system with Sirius TV.

In reviews, we've found that the overhauled Chrysler Town and Country is a vast improvement over its predecessors. Despite its many advancements, though, we still found that other minivans were ultimately more appealing due to their more refined driving manners, an eighth seat and a better reputation for reliability. However, even if the T&C isn't our first minivan choice, it's still worth a look.

Read the most recent 2015 Chrysler Town and Country review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Chrysler Town and Country page.

For more on past Chrysler Town and Country models, view our Chrysler Town and Country history page.

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