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 SD on Thursday, March 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"no real complaints: a high quality ride, quiet, very roomy for family and carrying things, good mileage (16-24 mpg), nice convenience features, attractive design"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Board on Monday, March 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "useful, comfortable, safe, beautiful"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"It is comfortable and fun car to drive. You can put a lot of stuff in the back. It is a beautiful car. Gas mileage is terrible. (17) I have pulled other cars out of ditches while on slippery roads. needed three complete brake jobs because of rusting. Lot of trouble with sensors and other minor but expensive things. Despite all this I love the car. The utility is excellent. The great traction, comfort and many nice features make it a dream. It is too bad that it has mechanical problems. I am going to keep it until it dies."
By Mrs. B on Friday, February 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great van for family"
Cons: "third row very small"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have 2 BIG teens and grankids. The 2nd row captain chairs are great for my 6'+ teens and the third row perfect for grandkids. The power doors are great and there's still plenry of room to haul luggage in rear."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By t_flutterby on Monday, February 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 217,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable luxury."
Cons: "Always expensive to fix but what car isn't?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought my 2003 Chrysler Town & Country Lxi with 143,000 miles on it back in 2009, It now has over 217,000 miles. Although I've had to put some money into it with maintenance,$800 for new rack and pinion, $300 for a/c sensor, $1000 for all new wiring behind the motor that fried for some reason, 3 sets of rotors due to living in the mountains, new brakes and calipers...It has still been a reliable vehicle that has always got me from point A to point B. Now the ABS light and check engine light has come on. The brakes still work fine so I haven't bothered to look into it, the engine light is due to emissions. Ready to trade it in for something with less miles but I feel I got my money's worth."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Bryan on Saturday, February 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice seating capacity"
Cons: "Poor design of some things, especially the trans"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I bought this car and I think I overpaid for it, first off, but that's the dealer's problem. The car is nice enough and comfortable enough, but the transmission went out at just 100,000 miles and I've had to bring it in a lot more than other cars I've had. I don't think I'll purchase a Chrysler again, because I had problems with a LeBaron I owned once too. There's not enough room for "stuff", though, not enough pockets and holders."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By LadyJaneSWFL on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, style and reliable"
Cons: "Get extended warranty for power door/window issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is our third Town and Country Limited Van. Would not own any other make and model. A little pricey at first, but well worth it in the long term. Fantastic ride for long trips, and great features and gadgets to keep passengers entertained and comfortable."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful