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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
7.3
Out of 10

Based on 380 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

Wish I'd Gotten Something Else

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,200

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice extras for the money"

Cons: "Everything else"

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

"Just read one of the reviews here that was titled "Great Acceleration"...are you sure we're driving the same car? From day one, it's like I'm in a battle with this van. It's sluggish, slow, and drives like a sled. I struggle up hills, and the engine is LOUD. Let's just put it this way: if you enjoy a quick acceleration, this car is NOT for you. The rattle deep in my dashboard drives me mad. The console between the front seats rattles, even on a smooth highway. Sometimes my high beams don't work, and my wipers are likely to go on without a drop of rain in sight. Today I got a flat tire in below zero weather with a van full of kids. I looked in the manual to find out where the spare tire is, and guess what? There IS no spare tire. Apparently a spare tire is an extra...to the tune of $295, according to the dealership. Instead, you're provided with a pump that claims to seal the hole. Better hope you're not out in the country when you get a flat, because the patch job is only guaranteed up to five miles!! Long story short: should have bought a Honda."

Great acceleration, tons of space

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, visibility, space, fuel mileage"

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

"When my friends get in, their first remarks are "wow', this is nice, comfortable and roomy". Good ride up and down I-75 and carries four set of golf clubs and lots of luggage."

20 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Saturday, December 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"The Chrysler Town and Country Touring is a great family vehicle for those long trips. The kids can watch a movie with headpe while the driver and front passenger can listen to the radio."

23 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Very nice van

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value, lots of toys"

Cons: "Poor gas mileage, but I knew that going in"

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

"Very comfortable, great options. I have always felt that dollar for dollar Chrysler gives you the most stuff for your money. Passengers comment on the beauty and comfort. Nice van; poor gas mileage, but i knew that going in. A beautiful blend of the aesthetic and the pragmatic. I LOVE the Stow and Go! It's like an enclosed pick up truck."

34 people out of 57 found this review helpful

For A Famliy You Can't Beat the Comfort & Utility

By on Saturday, September 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Utility, comfort"

Cons: "cool factor."

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

"While a minivan may not be cool or have much street cred, it is absolutely the best for an active family. My wife is a soccer/hockey mom and we use every bit of the auto liftgate and door sliding functions. The Chrysler Touring L is loaded with features such as double dvd players, backup camera, sliding doors etc. On a long weekend trip it is total luxury...it is a kid limo. Our Chrysler has had no quality issues through 40k miles."

23 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Yes

By on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Is comfortable and easy to drive."

Cons: "Rear fold down seats are unwieldy and stubborn."

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

"I will miss this van, but it is larger than we now need. It is in very good condition, and is very comfortable on LONG trips, the most comfortable vehicle I've ever owned."

15 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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