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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 412 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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

Regrettable choice

By on Thursday, February 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,277

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Very few"

Cons: "Multiple"

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

"Antiquated design.- Resale value is noteworthy by it's amazing rate of decline.- Chrysler has had ample time to get the wrinkles out of the T&C after 8 model years.- I really like the dual piston front brake calipers, the 3.6 liter V6 and, surprisingly, the 6 speed transmission with it's ECO mode.- Fuel economy is acceptable.- Although it is dead reliable and user friendly in an old sort of way, it is not very likable. It gives me less emotional satisfaction than my Samsung washer.- I rarely experience buyer's remorse but I profoundly wish I had this car purchasing decision back! To recoup my investment, I am going to have to drive this vehicle "...until the twelfth of never. And that's a long, long time"."

not bad until reaching 60000 mile

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great price, drive is good, features r good."

Cons: "electric problems"

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

"one sliding door becomes weird: works good in cold weather but not in warm weather. Original battery died several times around 60000 mile. replaced a new one. and battery becomes a headache after about one month, died many times without reason. Dealer said there r 3 small lights in trunk not off, but these lights r automatically off. now I pay attention to turning off all lights, still died 3 times. will see dealer again."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The absolute best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Friday, December 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

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: "Very fun to drive and ride in."

Cons: "There are no cons to this vehicle."

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

"I bought this car when it had 6500 miles as a demo. It is the most comfortable vehicle I have ever sat in and it rides and drives like a dream. I have owned it for 4 months and 2000 miles and still and probably always will love every second I am in it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Nice van with so so quality

By on Monday, November 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Design"

Cons: "Too many problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This is my second T&C, I had a 2010 touring for one year then I traded a 2011 limited. I love it's design, and until now it still the best of all. But the quality are not that good, it runs only 28000 miles for this 4 years, but it is in service most of the time. Had been tow to dealer two times, first time was to change the starter, second time was the (generator), the backup camera system has been changed, the power seat at driver side has been fix, 2 times of break disc fix, 1 break pads change. Changed t one of the back gate lift shock. Then they change some parts of the A/C without notifying me. I don't know what happened to the A/C, because it work perfectly. then after I got my van back, There is a problem with the A/C. The blower is making unexpect sounds, so have to put it back. That sounds so crazy, and it drive me crazy too, it was in the dealer for almost two months."

16 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle without any problems

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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: "The Chrysler minivan is perfect in every way."

Cons: "new models will have Garmin navigation?-great plan"

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

"Love the perfectly flat floor when all seats are stowed. 2nd row seating is very comfortable for adults and has great access for grand kids in childseats. Interior design is very sharp. I marvel at the engineering of the seat stowage and power folding 3rd row."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle; I own two of them.

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

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
Not Rated

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

"fairly economical; easy to get in and out of; the limited has all the features; used to haul tools, equipment and horse feed and fertilizer. comfort of a car and versatility of a truck. will likely buy another one"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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