The 2014 Town & Country has seating for seven across three rows. The second row consists of two captain's chairs and the third row is a 3-passenger bench. Both rear rows feature Chrysler's ingenious Stow 'n Go Seating and Storage system that enable the seats to fold entirely into the floor, resulting in a flat cargo area. The 3rd-row seats can also be flipped outward for tailgating. Premium touches include soft-touch trim, chrome-trimmed instrumentation and standard leather on the first two rows. The standard power front seats are supportive yet supple, and top-line trims have power-adjustable pedals that enable drivers of various heights to find a better fit.
Conservative lines distinguish the Town & Country from rivals such as the blocky Nissan Quest and Honda Odyssey with its "lightning bold" window treatment. Here, rounded lines and wide glass panels prevail. Power-operated side doors and liftgate simplify loading passengers and cargo. The standard roof rack features clever Stow 'n Place crossbars that fold into the side rails when not in use. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard across the lineup, with the S model features black-painted pockets for a slightly more aggressive look. Still, a tough Chrysler 300 this is not. Models with the 30th Anniversary package feature commemorative badging and polished aluminum wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Town & Country is available in four trims for 2014: Touring, S, Touring-L, and the top-line Limited. Even at nearly $32,000 a base Touring model offers quite a bit for the money. Along with leather-trimmed seats and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system, this model includes tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera to aid backing up, power front seats, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and 6-speaker audio with a 30-gig hard drive. Top models add features like navigation, a 506-watt sound system, heated 1st- and 2nd-row seats, blind-spot monitoring, and power-folding side mirrors. All models also include seven airbags and a 5-year/100,000-mile roadside-assistance program.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options and packages for the 2014 Town & Country vary by trim, with some, such as navigation, standard on the top model but optional in lower ones. Others offerings include Mopar's Uconnect Web, which turns the minivan into a Wi-Fi hotspot with Internet access, a sunroof (sadly, still not included as standard equipment even on the $42,000-plus Limited model), a power-folding 3rd-row seat, keyless entry, and a blind-spot monitoring system. Packaged options include the 30th Anniversary Group on Touring-L models, the SafetyTec Group, and a towing prep package that adds load-leveling and height-control suspension along with heavy-duty engine cooling.
Under the Hood
A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission is the sole drivetrain offered on the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country. The Pentastar is easily Chrysler's most enjoyable V6 to date and leads the class in terms of horsepower. All Town & Country models are front-wheel drive (the Toyota Sienna is the only current minivan to offer all-wheel drive). When equipped with the Trailer-tow Prep package, Chrysler's minivan can pull up to 3,600 pounds. In addition to accepting regular unleaded gasoline, the Town & Country's engine is Flex Fuel-compatible, meaning it can run on a combination of gasoline and E85 ethanol.
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)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country runs from just under $32,000 in base form to roughly $43,000 for a loaded Limited version. When compared to the $21,000 Dodge Grand Caravan or sub-$27,000 Nissan Quest, the entry-level Town & Country Touring model may seem overpriced, but it comes with considerably more standard equipment. To make sure you get the best deal, be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price. Regarding resale value, we expect the Town & Country's residual value to be average, lagging behind the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.
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