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2011 Chrysler Town & Country

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country Review

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As did Chrysler itself, the 2011 Town & Country minivan has undergone a radical transformation, being remade anew with a little help from Fiat and the federal government. When it first appeared in 1989, the Town & Country minivan was unique in that it was the first luxury minivan ever produced. And, while the Town & Country name has always been synonymous with luxury and fine living, it was traditionally attached to a station wagon with strong ties to Chrysler's luxury land yachts, the New Yorker and Imperial. Today's Town & Country holds the same job as its predecessor - namely, to shuttle the family comfortably wherever it needs to go – but it does so in a way no station wagon could ever mimic. From its Stow 'n Go seating, to its big rear-seat entertainment systems, to the appealing use of lighting throughout the vehicle, the Town & Country minivan remains in a class all by itself.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're not willing to give up style and pampering for the sake of utility and necessity, the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country's impressive list of standard and available luxury features will likely put your mind at ease.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If long-term dependability and high resale value are first and foremost on your list of concerns, the Town & Country's somewhat spotty past may not do much to convince you this new model has mended its ways.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country receives a major makeover, touting revised front and rear fascias, a new engine, new suspension and a greatly improved interior.

Driving the Town & Country

Driving Impressions Driven back-to-back, there is no comparison between the departed 2010 model and the 2011 Town & Country. The new suspension provides excellent road manners, with precise steering, minimal body roll...

and a velvety smooth ride. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has power in reserve and can move a fully-loaded Limited model almost as if it were being pulled by a Hemi V8. The engine and transmission work seamlessly, always finding the right gear and never feeling strained or over burdened. Noise levels inside the Town & Country are so low it's easy to have a conversation between front and third-row passengers. About the only fault we found with the Town & Country was its rather wide turning radius, which makes it feel less nimble in parking lots, especially when compared with the exceptionally tight-turning Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Audio/Video Options
In addition to the comprehensive Uconnect 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.

Heated Steering Wheel
A feature offered on no other minivan, this small convenience is greatly appreciated on mornings when the thermometer dips into single digits.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Details
2011 Chrysler Town & Country photo Interior

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country offers an elegant and rewarding interior ensconced in soft-touch panels, sophisticated electronics and soothing recessed lighting. The new dash displays large, legible gauges with blue and white backlighting and a large LCD display screen for the navigation and UConnect features (Bluetooth, audio, voice commands, etc.) Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seating allows the second-row seats to fold flush into the floor and provides additional storage bins when the seats are in place. The new seats are better padded for improved comfort and feature a one-touch lever that folds the headrest, unhinges the rear anchors and flips the backrest forward, allowing the seats to be quickly and easily folded into their bins. Another innovative idea is the third-row's tailgate feature, which allows the third-row seat to be flipped 180 degrees to face outward, creating a comfortable bench seat for tailgating or just enjoying the view.

Exterior
2011 Chrysler Town & Country photo

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country has softened its boxy and bland design with more chrome, a more shapely front end and more usable features, such as the Stow 'n Place roof rack that folds into the side rails when not in use. Ample glass surrounds the Town & Country, most of which is dark tinted for improved privacy. First and second-row windows retract into the doors, while the third-row side glass opens out slightly to vent air. All models feature dual power-sliding side doors, plus a power-operated rear liftgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country Touring comes nicely equipped and includes three-zone air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 sound system, power-sliding side doors, a power rear liftgate, rearview camera, ParkSense rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, SmartBeam headlamps, Blind-spot Monitoring system, eight-way power driver's seat, steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction controls plus front side-impact and three-row side-curtain airbags, and a driver's-side knee-blocker airbag.

Optional Equipment

The Touring L adds perforated leather seating, heated front seats, remote start, third-row window shades, 17-inch alloy wheels and an eight-way power passenger seat. The Limited adds nine-speaker audio with subwoofer, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, dual DVD entertainment system, HID headlamps, Uconnect, Garmin navigation radio and Keyless Enter-N-Go. The Town & Country's most sophisticated option is a hard-drive-based Uconnect GPS system that offers Garmin navigation with real-time traffic information and features CD/DVD/HDD/MP3-compatible CD player plus music and JPEG image uploading, auxiliary audio input, voice-recognition, Bluetooth hands-free cell-phone connectivity and more. Other notable options include a power sunroof, remote start, heated steering wheel, power folding third-row seats, second-row luxury seating and a trailer tow package with automatic load leveling.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country has had its powertrain choices streamlined to a single unit: A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Pentastar is Chrysler's best V6 to date and may even rank as one of the best V6 engines on the market. Smooth, powerful and fairly fuel-efficient, this engine's 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque have been a long overdue necessity for the Town & Country, allowing it to finally compete with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Siena. In addition, the Pentastar is E85-compatible, meaning it can run on a combination of gasoline and ethanol.

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (Gasoline), 12/18 (E85)

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 369 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.6/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.5/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

love it

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very comfortable"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this T & C. But, it's time for a new one and it will be another T & C. Can not see ourselves owning anything but a "mini" van and Chrysler is our best way to go,."

Best van I have ever owned

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,650

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride, quietness, V-6 power, gas mileage"

Cons: "none"

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

"I have had this van for 9 months now. It was purchased used and now has just over 50,000 miles. I have had no problems at all. The ride and drive are excellent. The pentastar V-6 is smooth and powerful. This is the best minivan I have ever owned, and I have had 5 of them over the past 20+ years!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Chrysler created the mini van....

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned same, either the Caravan/T&C since 1988. They are reliable, great looking, have utility. In addition, I have never had the brake problems that are noted, as I have never had them redone at the dealership, but always at Sears, etc. I have averaged 50 to 70 thousand between rotors/pads. From what I understand Chrysler uses a smaller rotor, and that is where the problem lies with those that complain."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A wonderful vehicle! Convenient and versatile.

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

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: "Great to drive; love the versatility"

Cons: "Can't think of anything"

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

"Excellent choice for shopping, having ample room for friends or family, traveling and luggage. Have been able to haul pieces of furniture! Runs great, durable, strong; does well in-town and on-the-road. Very pleased with our van, just as we were with the very first one!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Lots of brake problems, but not bad overall

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Large comfortable interior"

Cons: "Bad brake system, transmission not built to last"

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

"We have owned a few vans and this one has been OK overall. We have had numerous brake problems but nothing that was unsafe. The brake calipers have had to be replaced twice which was expensive since the stuck calipers mauled the pads and rotors each time. Calipers aside, the brakes tend to wear very quickly with careful driving and seem a bit undersized for the vehicle. Interior is large and comfortable for our family of six and DVD system has been a life-saver for us on long trips. At just over 100K miles the transmission is starting to slip so we may be looking at some tranny work before 125K."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

best vehicle i have owned to date!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very fun to drive for a mini-van!"

Cons: "no real center row cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love this van!! comfortable to drive even long distances.. love the stow and go its quite handy! It handles and accelerates beautifully, NOT like your typical mini-van, the radio controls on the steering wheel are quite handy, as is the back outlets, 12v AND power plug!!!!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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