By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
283 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (Gasoline), 12/18 (E85)
By puffy on Monday, February 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives like a Brand New Car!!!"
Cons: "Needs NOTHING!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"If a person is LOOKING for a really LOW Mileage LOADED Minivan for a GREAT PRICE this is it! The Original sticker was $42,000!! We are the Original owners and this car has been meticolously maintained also!! Even has Disney TV through Sirius."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Rob on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,329overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "kids like the rear video system"
Cons: "Poor quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Since I purchased the vehicle new in 2008, I have had to replace the brakes 4 times and the rotors 3 times during those repairs due to cheap materials that wear prematurely. The front hubs are also an issue with this vehicle. I have replaced the driver front hub twice and the passenger front hub once. Currently it sounds like the driver side hub is failing again. Only a couple of these repairs were covered in the first 36,000 miles. I have never owned a vehicle with this many mechanical issues in just over 5 years of ownership."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Chuck D on Saturday, February 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "power, overall design and feel"
Cons: "no side door overide,touch screen radio"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Overall design is nice. Has a classy look on inside. Automatic 3 zone heating and air conditioning works great. Power doors and lift gate are good as are the stow and go seats. Wish there was a total manual override for side doors. Engine has plenty of power and perhaps too much off the line. Would have preferred less power and better gas mileage (getting 15.5 in suburban driving). Wish there was more engine braking when lifting off gas. Touchscreen radio cannot be operated with gloves and the steering wheel controls for it are not intuitive. Chrysler's quality record concerns me but no problems yet."
By goaskal on Friday, February 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "reliable comfort"
Cons: "cheap details like floormats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"No major problems in 52K miles. Needed brakes at about 44K miles and just scheduled service beyond that. Cheap floor mats make poor first impression but seats overcome that deficiency. Gas mileage equals or betters EPA sticker. Plan to drive it for at least another 100 - 200K miles and see no reason to doubt that I can. Engine is Very powerful."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Kyle on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Going down hill FAST
Pros: "Cheap, lots of luxury features."
Cons: "A break down waiting to happen."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Let me start by saying that we fell in love with the car initially for all the creature comforts and extras it had for much cheaper than its competitors. The motor had lots of power, and the ride was smooth. The interior is well designed and very comfortable. About 70,000 miles in, it started burning oil very rapidly. The drivers side power sliding door failed along with the window, and the heated seat. While in drive, stopped, foot on the brake, the car would shake probably a lot more than it should at idle. Sometimes when we would go to start it, it would take a good five seconds of turning over before it would fire, usually followed by a grinding noise under the hood for a second. When we would crank the wheel all the way left or right it would always give a weird, loud chirping noise. Looking around I found that none of these problems are unique to the car, bad purchase, should have done more research. I likely won't be buying a (newer model) Dodge/Chrysler anytime again soon."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By jj on Sunday, February 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "110,00 miles - no problems. Stow and go very handy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my 4th mini van. (all chryslers). Planning on buying a new one. The stow and go seating feature is so very handy on lots of occasions. Can handle 7 passengers/ or loads of lumber and full sheets of plywood/sheetrock."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful