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2009 Chrysler Town & Country

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2009 Chrysler Town & Country Review

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Although it was temporarily overshadowed by the SUV as the symbol for family transport in third-millennium America, as recently as 2007 almost a million families opted for the arguably more functional minivan. Chrysler is widely credited with inventing the modern minivan and will soon be the only domestic manufacturer left in the game, as GM and Ford effectively replace their slow-selling minivans with three-row crossover SUVs. Fresh from last year's complete redesign, the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country – and the less chromed and woodgrained Dodge Grand Caravan – refine the segment by offering attractive seating and entertainment options clever enough to remain competitive with rival minivans from Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai and Kia.

You'll Like This Car If...

With features like an available Swivel 'n Go setup that configures into a table for four people and dual, independent video monitors that can display DVD movies, video games or satellite-based SIRIUS Backseat TV, Chrysler's fifth-generation minivan is the obvious choice for satisfying rear-seat riders.

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While the Town & Country's ride and handling are well-balanced, you may prefer the softer Toyota Sienna or the more eager Honda Odyssey. Also, while the Town & Country's interior has been greatly improved versus its predecessor and feels more sophisticated than the Grand Caravan's, we feel there's still room for improvement.

What's New for 2009

Both the LX and Limited receive more standard equipment. LX trims now feature three-zone air conditioning, second-row power windows and third-row power vent windows as well as a combination temperature/compass/trip computer gauge. New options include a Blind Spot Monitoring system, dual 9-inch DVD view screens with swiveling third-row screen and the Rear Cross Path system, which warns drivers backing up of objects approaching them.

Driving the Town & Country

Driving Impressions If you've found the ride and handling of other minivans too soft or too firm, you might appreciate the Chrysler minivans' balance between highway comfort and around-town responsiveness. We also...

appreciated the surprisingly competent steering and braking response, and found the 4.0-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission combination that's exclusive to the Town & Country Limited model especially responsive and plenty powerful. The 3.8-liter V6 engine that we tested in the Grand Caravan is also satisfying, but the more powerful 4.0-liter version delivers identical EPA fuel economy. We'd look elsewhere in the segment before settling for the 175-horsepower base V6. The Chrysler minivans aren't as nimble in parking lots as the exceptionally tight-turning Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Audio/Video Options
In addition to the comprehensive uconnect gps infotainment system up front, Chrysler's newest minivan offers dual, independent rear video screens that allow second- and third-row passengers to watch two different DVD movies, play video games or even watch the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network Mobile via SIRIUS Backseat TV.

Swivel 'n Go Seats
Although not without legroom challenges, the Swivel 'n Go seating option that comprises swiveling second-row captain's chairs and a hideaway, removable table takes the concept of the rolling family room to a new level. The fold-flat Stow 'N Go seating system introduced on the previous generation is also available.

2009 Chrysler Town & Country Details
2009 Chrysler Town & Country photo Interior

Sharing sheetmetal, powertrains and all but a few features, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are most differentiated by unique interior styling. Whereas the Grand Caravan's sportier gauge cluster and heavier use of black suggest a more athletic nature, the Town & Country combines wood-like and bright trim in conveying a more sophisticated persona. Available conveniences include Stow 'N Go and Swivel 'n Go second-row seating, integrated child booster seats and a class-exclusive power-folding third-row seat. Loading and unloading is predictably easy and the accommodations are comfortable.

Exterior

After more ovoid third- and fourth-generation models, the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country now appears more in-line with the boxier roots of the first couple of iterations. The latest sheetmetal and increased use of available chrome give the new model a look that's both bold and sophisticated. Body-colored trim and steel wheel covers on the LX are substituted with more brightwork and aluminum wheels on the Touring and Limited trims, which also feature power sliding side doors and a power liftgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2009 Chrysler Town & Country LX includes three-zone air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, stain-resistant cloth seating, woodgrain trim, second-row bench seat, 60/40-split fold-flat third-row seat and 16-inch covered steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction controls plus front-impact and three-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The Town & Country's most sophisticated option is a hard-drive-based uconnect gps system that offers navigation with real-time traffic information and features MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, auxiliary audio input, voice-recognition, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and more. Other notable options include back-up sensors and a rear-view camera, Blind Spot Monitoring system, Rear Cross Path system, power liftgate, power sliding doors (LX), power-folding third-row seat and high-intensity-discharge headlamps. Second-row seating options include fold-flat Stow 'N Go or rearward-pivoting Swivel 'n Go seats, integrated child booster seats, power windows and manual sunshades. A comprehensive entertainment system offers two nine-inch independent video displays.

Under the Hood

We wouldn't want to regularly haul around full loads with the base powertrain, comprised of a 3.3-liter V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, especially for very little improvement in fuel economy. The 3.8 is a much more reasonable choice, but it's the 4.0-liter V6 that offers the best combination of power and fuel economy. Both the 3.8 and 4.0 also come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

3.3-liter V6
175 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
205 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (gas), 11/16 (E85)

3.8-liter V6
197 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
230 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

4.0-liter V6
251 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
259 lb.-ft of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2009 Chrysler Town & Country Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 412 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.6/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.6/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Regrettable choice

By on Thursday, February 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,277

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Very few"

Cons: "Multiple"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Antiquated design.- Resale value is noteworthy by it's amazing rate of decline.- Chrysler has had ample time to get the wrinkles out of the T&C after 8 model years.- I really like the dual piston front brake calipers, the 3.6 liter V6 and, surprisingly, the 6 speed transmission with it's ECO mode.- Fuel economy is acceptable.- Although it is dead reliable and user friendly in an old sort of way, it is not very likable. It gives me less emotional satisfaction than my Samsung washer.- I rarely experience buyer's remorse but I profoundly wish I had this car purchasing decision back! To recoup my investment, I am going to have to drive this vehicle "...until the twelfth of never. And that's a long, long time"."

not bad until reaching 60000 mile

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great price, drive is good, features r good."

Cons: "electric problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"one sliding door becomes weird: works good in cold weather but not in warm weather. Original battery died several times around 60000 mile. replaced a new one. and battery becomes a headache after about one month, died many times without reason. Dealer said there r 3 small lights in trunk not off, but these lights r automatically off. now I pay attention to turning off all lights, still died 3 times. will see dealer again."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The absolute best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Friday, December 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very fun to drive and ride in."

Cons: "There are no cons to this vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car when it had 6500 miles as a demo. It is the most comfortable vehicle I have ever sat in and it rides and drives like a dream. I have owned it for 4 months and 2000 miles and still and probably always will love every second I am in it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Nice van with so so quality

By on Monday, November 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Design"

Cons: "Too many problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This is my second T&C, I had a 2010 touring for one year then I traded a 2011 limited. I love it's design, and until now it still the best of all. But the quality are not that good, it runs only 28000 miles for this 4 years, but it is in service most of the time. Had been tow to dealer two times, first time was to change the starter, second time was the (generator), the backup camera system has been changed, the power seat at driver side has been fix, 2 times of break disc fix, 1 break pads change. Changed t one of the back gate lift shock. Then they change some parts of the A/C without notifying me. I don't know what happened to the A/C, because it work perfectly. then after I got my van back, There is a problem with the A/C. The blower is making unexpect sounds, so have to put it back. That sounds so crazy, and it drive me crazy too, it was in the dealer for almost two months."

16 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle without any problems

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "The Chrysler minivan is perfect in every way."

Cons: "new models will have Garmin navigation?-great plan"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love the perfectly flat floor when all seats are stowed. 2nd row seating is very comfortable for adults and has great access for grand kids in childseats. Interior design is very sharp. I marvel at the engineering of the seat stowage and power folding 3rd row."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle; I own two of them.

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"fairly economical; easy to get in and out of; the limited has all the features; used to haul tools, equipment and horse feed and fertilizer. comfort of a car and versatility of a truck. will likely buy another one"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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