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2013 Chrysler Town & Country

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2013 Chrysler Town & Country Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

The Chrysler Town & Country's history dates back 1989, when it broke new ground as the first luxury minivan ever produced. Since then, competitors such as the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the Nissan Quest have entered the market with varying degrees of success, but the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country continues its long-standing position as one of the top-selling people movers in America – and for good reason. Its interior quarters are stuffed with practical and convenient niceties, including Chrysler's popular Stow 'n Go second-row seating and a newly-available Blu-Ray disc player. Add in class-leading horsepower, and the 2013 Town & Country becomes a minivan you actually want to drive – with or without the family.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are unwilling to surrender luxury and driving enjoyment in exchange for utility and necessity, choosing the 2013 Town & Country will undoubtedly leave you satisfied with your decision.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Since the Chrysler Town & Country commands the highest starting price in the segment, buyers searching for an affordable minivan without all the bells and whistles should consider the Dodge Grand Caravan or the Toyota Sienna.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Town & Country now offers a new Blu-Ray disc player with an HDMI port for game consoles, trailer-sway control and a pair of rear-seat USB ports for charging mobile devices.

Driving the Town & Country

Driving Impressions If you haven't driven a Town & Country since its transformation in 2011, it's worth some time behind the wheel. The revamped suspension provides excellent road manners, with precise steering,...

minimal body roll and a velvety ride. Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has power in reserve and can move a fully-loaded Limited model without making you wish for a HEMI V8. The engine and transmission work fairly seamlessly, never feeling overburdened or indecisive, and the dash-mounted gear selector is easy to master. Noise levels inside the Town & Country are quiet enough to make conversation easy among all three rows. Faults are hard to find in the 2013 Town & Country, but it's something of a reach to use its touch-screen audio system, and a somewhat-wide turning radius makes it feel less nimble in parking lots, especially when compared to the exceptionally tight-turning Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

AUDIO/VIDEO OPTIONS
In addition to the comprehensive Uconnect infotainment system up front, Chrysler's flagship minivan offers dual, independent rear video screens that allow second- and third-row passengers to watch two different DVD or Blu-Ray movies, play different video games or even watch the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network Mobile via SiriusXM 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.

2013 Chrysler Town & Country Details
Interior

Chrysler minivans have long been a showcase of innovation, and now the Town & Country offers the refined appearance to match. Soft-touch trim and chrome-trimmed instruments' elegant LED lighting complement standard leather on the first two rows of seats as well as the manually tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Standard power front seats are supportive yet supple, and Chrysler's Stow 'n Go second-row bench remains the industry benchmark, with easy folding and under-floor storage when the seats are in use. The third row can be flipped 90 degrees for tailgate-party seating. It's easy to lose count of the many bins, cubbies and power ports, though a 115-volt household-style outlet is a standout.

Exterior

Sparkling chrome with sparks of innovation continue to make the Town & Country shine. Its 2011 makeover added the new wave-form chrome grille and jeweled headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard across the board. All six side windows, the liftgate and both sliding doors are power-operated, with the slider rails concealed between the rear side windows and chrome trim, a styling lesson Honda should learn. The standard roof rack features clever Stow 'n Place crossbars that fold into the side rails when not in use.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Available in Touring, Touring L or Limited trims, the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country offers the longest list of standard features in its class. Highlights include 8-way power front seats, Stow 'n Go second-row seats, power-sliding side doors, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, leather seating and a 6-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display. The range-topping Limited model elevates the speaker count to nine and adds navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link (real-time weather, sports, stocks, movie listings and fuel prices) and Nappa leather seating materials with suede inserts for first- and second-row seats. With safety weighing heavily on the minds of every parent, Chrysler gave the 2013 Town & Country a full suite of airbags, a standard backup camera with on-screen guides and an available blind-spot monitor with a cross-path alert function to notify the driver of approaching traffic when backing out of a parking space.

Optional Equipment

Both the Touring and Touring L trims offer a Driver's Convenience package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless access with push-button start and advanced voice recognition for controlling various multimedia and hands-free features. The SafetyTec package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind-spot monitoring, rear sonar proximity sensors to help mitigate vehicle damage during tricky parking maneuvers and smart-beam headlights that automatically switch between the high and low beams depending upon traffic conditions. We were surprised to find a power moonroof on the Limited's list of options, seeing as the near-$41,000 price tag includes more creature comforts than some luxury cars.

Under the Hood

A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission is the sole drivetrain offered on the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country. The Pentastar is easily Chrysler's most enjoyable V6 to date and leads the class in terms of horsepower. In addition, the Pentastar is Flex Fuel-compatible, meaning it can run on a combination of gasoline and E85 ethanol.

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (gasoline), 12/18 mpg (E85)

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2013 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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