KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 9/18/2013
Thirty years ago the Chrysler Group created the modern minivan, and five years later it introduced the first luxury one – the Town & Country. Fast-forward to today and the Town & Country retains its mission of being a minivan with maximum amenities. Chrysler's 7-passenger hauler carries a higher base price than competitors such as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest, but when considering that it comes with niceties like leather seating and a DVD entertainment system to keep the kids occupied, its cost make more sense. Practical and safety features also abound to ease the burden on Mom and Dad, such as Stow `n Go seating and blind-spot monitoring. Add in surprising horsepower, and the Town & Country becomes a minivan you actually want to drive – with or without the family.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the ability to easily load and carry a family and their gear without sacrificing your or the kids' desire for creature comforts, all should find something to like in the 2014 Town & Country minivan. Fathers might find a different joy in boasting about the 283 horsepower under the hood.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If budget considerations take priority over bells and whistles, consider the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona or Nissan Quest, which start several thousand dollars below the Town & Country. If you need to carry more than seven people, check out 8-passenger versions of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
What's New for 2014
To celebrate 30 years of making minivans (starting with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager), Chrysler Group is introducing anniversary editions with special badging and features like Alcantara suede accents.
If you haven't driven a Town & Country since its 2011 revamp, we recommend some time behind the wheel. The improved suspension offers excellent road manners, and when combined with precise steering and minimal body roll equates to a velvety ride. Chrysler's highly respected 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has power in reserve and can easily move a fully-loaded Limited model. The engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work fairly seamlessly, never feeling overburdened or indecisive, and the dash-mounted gear selector is easy to master. The minivan is quiet enough to make conversation easy among passengers in all three rows. Faults are few in Chrysler's upscale people mover, but among them are a touch-screen audio system that requires quite a reach and a somewhat-wide turning radius that makes the Town & Country feel less nimble in parking lots, especially when compared to the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
In addition to Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, every Town & Country comes with digital entertainment in back to keep the kids occupied. Base models boast a DVD player, video screen and wireless headphones, while top-line versions have dual DVD/Blu-ray players with 2nd- and 3rd-row screens. All models have an HDMI input for auxiliary video and gaming devices.
When carrying cargo as precious as kids, safety is the highest priority. Standard on higher trims and optional on lower variants is the SafetyTec Group, which includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert to complement the backup camera standard on all Town & Country models.
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