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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
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 403 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.6/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

I love my Town & Country!

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,100

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: "Safe.Stylish.Convenient.Reliable.Handles Great."

Cons: "None!"

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

"I have 4 kids and this van is a dream to have. At this stage in my life (as a mom) I don't want to be without the power sliding doors, power lift gate, and DVD system... perfect for loaded/unloading kids & babies, and keeping them entertained on long trips. The stow & go seats are incredibly easy to put up/down and the amount of space that provides for hauling is huge! When I clean my van I just fold down all the seats and vacuum it with my upright Dyson... perfect for quickly cleaning up after the kids. I haven't had any mechanical problems... it's been totally reliable. This van drives like a car... it turns easily and doesn't feel big & bulky (like my husband's truck does). Highly recommended for mom's on the go!!"

Nice car, Peppy Engine, nervous 6 speed trans.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great car for the price"

Cons: "Don't like the transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Seats are not as plush and comfortable as the Honda Oddysey. Plenty of power with a lot of shifting when going up hill. Feels like the tranny is searching for the right gear all the time. Liked the stow away rear seating and all the storage/cupholders and power points. rear camera is great. Mileage was quite good at hwy driving at high speeds. We got 24 to 25 miles hwy driving. Overall a competent people and cargo mover. My only real beef is the quirky transmission."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

MAP UPDATES will cost you $149 EACH YEAR

By on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Exterior design, lots of features, good MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"BUYER BEWARE! What they don't tell you when you buy this van is that map updates for the GPS navigational system will cost you $149 EVERY YEAR plus taxes and fees . What's worse is that firmware updates for the device are only available IF you buy the map updates."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Mostly Solid vehicle, rough ride, eats brakes

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Value, space, comfort, power, mileage"

Cons: "City ride quality, brakes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The good: bought a very low mileage used one, so I got a tremendous vehicle for the money skipping over the first couple years depreciation but still having some factory warranty left. like the features for the money, the 17-inch alloys are the appropriate style (the 16 inch alloys just look too small, and the 18 inch ones are 20-spoke and just scream "impossible to clean".) comfortable all around, DVD screens are a life-saver. MILEAGE! EPA rates it 25 on the highway, but that's really what it gets in winter or super hilly conditions. For most highway trips I get 27-28 mpg on the highway (You won't get this if you drive like an idiot, but set the cruise at 75 or lower and you can do it easily) Power is mostly good, but it can be a little sluggish off the line with the AC on. BAD: The sliding doors can be a little frustrating and rattle a bit. sometimes they have a life of their own and close by themselves. it also seems like they just can't stay quiet all the time. For what I need a minivan for, this vehicle does just about everything perfectly... except the ride quality is frustratingly bad. It's proven a great highway vehicle, but there are just city streets you have to avoid because the ride is so rough. This is very disappointing for the type of vehicle it's supposed to be. I had to replace brakes and machine rotors very early on. Partially covered by Chrysler, which was nice, but it seems like the rotors will need worked again as there's some vibration at high speed when you brake. Hopefully I don't have to replace all the pads again, just 23k miles later. Despite some foibles, I would buy again. I know there are some nice three-row SUVs out there, but they just don't have the same space for people and things and I don't want to spend $10k more for the same features and less space just to look "tough""

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best of the 7 T&C I have owned.

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "25th Anniversary comes loaded"

Cons: "Rattles developed after a few years"

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

"Great utility. Plenty of storage. 25th Anniversary comes loaded with everything you find in more expensive cars."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Our second Town and County and love it.

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Love the stow and go. Use it often."

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

"Love everything about the car. Use for vacations and love that we have plenty of room. Like heated 2nd seats and blinds on 2nd and 3 rd windows."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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