By KBB.com Editors
Chrysler's Town & Country is the pinnacle of the company's minivan fleet. Designed to serve the needs of well-to-do families, the Town & Country is outfitted with the latest electronic features and conveniences, such as a rear-seat DVD player and power-operated doors. Thanks to its handsome exterior and well-established nameplate, the Town & Country is one of the few minivans that can be driven to the country club and not generate muffled laughter from the parking valets. Regrettably, although Chrysler invented the minivan segment, it no longer dominates the field. Minivans from Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai now rival, or best, the Town & Country in size, power and features, although none have yet copied Chrysler's innovative Stow `n Go second-row seating.
If you appreciate the touches of a premium sedan, but need the ability to haul half a soccer team to the park and then pick up a stack of two-by-fours on your way home, the Chrysler Town & Country offers a uniquely attractive package with two rows of disappearing seats.
If parallel parking isn't one of your strong suits, you might find yourself in some awkward positions while behind the wheel of a long-wheelbase Town & Country. Side windows that can pop open only slightly to vent fresh air can make for a claustrophobic interior.
No major changes for 2007.
Driving Impressions We drove a Town & Country with the more powerful 3.8-liter engine and were impressed by how well it worked with the four-speed automatic transmission to move the big, heavy...minivaneven hill climbs and freeway merges were accomplished without noticeable exertion. Out on the highway, the Town & Country rides smoothly and quietly. We were also surprised at how agile the tall, multi-ton vehicle was around town and in parking lots, and braking was sure and smooth.
Stow 'n Go Seating
A feature unique to Chrysler minivans, both rear rows in the long-wheelbase models fold flat into the floor. And when the seats are upright, the underfloor bins can be used as additional storage spaces.
Overhead Rail System
Long-wheelbase Town & Country minivans feature a convenient rail-mounted overhead storage system.
The Chrysler Town & Country was introduced in 1992 as the first premium minivan. Now in its 15th model year, the high-end Limited Edition remains the most luxurious minivan on the road. The vehicle is roomy, with the available heated leather front seats being among the most comfortable in the segment. The second-row Stow 'n Go seats can be a little narrow for some, because they are designed to disappear into the floor, and are therefore smaller than more conventional seats.Exterior
As minivans go, we think the Town & Country is among the most attractive on the market, especially when fitted with the bigger 16-inch wheels. While minivans don't offer the most exciting bodystyles on the market, the Town & Country looks contemporary without odd-ball space-age touches, and it makes no attempt to look like a Sport Utility Vehicle.
The base Town & Country comes with a 3.3-liter V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, plus features like removable (not fold-away) second- and third-row seats, CD sound system and air conditioning.
Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the 3.8-liter V6, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, navigation, Infinity six-speaker sound system, in-dash six-disc CD changer, parking distance sensors, leather interior, sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, side-curtain airbags, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, automatic temperature control, Stow 'n Go fold-away second- and third-row seating and an overhead rail storage system.
The base 3.3-liter V6 produces 170 horsepower, while the 3.8-liter makes 200 horsepower. Each powerplant is mated to the same four-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The all-wheel-drive option has been dropped to accommodate the Stow 'n Go seating option. Chrysler has appropriately placed the less-powerful 3.3-liter V6 in the short wheelbase models, while equipping the long-wheelbase vans with the torquey 3.8-liter V6.
170 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26
200 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By A on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Cons: "Junk, will not buy Chrysler again"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Immed after 3 year 36000 miles auto rear doors failed and Air cond failed wouldn't accept a charge. power steering leaks. Transmission replaced at 90000 miles. Fair amount of rust appeared in 2013 along with Radiator leaks. 2 front window regulator failures. traded in 2014"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Teresa on Friday, April 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "reliable van, good to go, take your friends along."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Van has integrated car seats built in! So handy with the Grand children. They love to watch the dvd's while traveling. Has cup holders and pockets for kids toys and books, and movies."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Dave on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "four wheel dic brakes, comfortable seats"
Cons: "lousy MPG, poor build quality, lots of repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"We bought this van new in 2003 and take good care of it...we have put about $4,500 into it in the past few years for repairs from power steering pump to power windows, to AC, replaced twice, to transmission work for an issue that went back to warranty days and kept coming back....I would rate the van a 5 out of ten due to quality/reliability issues... probably a good value for the initial cost...plan on getting a base version Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna next. Won't buy any more Chrysler cars...."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By NERVE5 on Sunday, March 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price at the time, love driving it."
Cons: "So many problems with the eng. and trans."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This was a surprise 50th birthday gift. I love this car. Thankfully I had the extended warrarty on it. The transmission went 2x's. Back window leaked. Paint is peeling off of back bumber. I still love the car. A lot of room, been driven all over. Oh yea, the radio quit working and cd got stuck. This was only driven by me for the first 4 years then my husband starting driving it. I would buy another Chry van again."
By Julie on Thursday, March 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"dsign is perfect for me. I like the ability to get up and walk to the back of the car without getting out but also the dashboard design. Is simple but convenient and the controls are easy to understand. The car has had only one or two repairs over its lifetime other than redoing the brakes periodically which is expected. I will but another even if I have to get a used car to have one. I have never wanted another car and this one is still going strong."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By kd on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "nice ride"
Cons: "too many to list"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Have replaced many parts on this car such as Headlight switch, turn signal/wiper mechanisum,water pump, GRV valve ect."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful