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1997 Chrysler Town & Country

  • 1997 Chrysler Town & Country LXi Minivan

    LXi Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      166/227
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,565
  • 1997 Chrysler Town & Country LX Minivan

    LX Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      158/203
    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,895
  • 1997 Chrysler Town & Country SX Minivan

    SX Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      158/203
    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,680
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1997 Chrysler Town & Country Review

An American family classic.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 Chrysler Town & Country serves as a good family van with an abundance of interior and safety features. It seats up to seven occupants, including the driver. The SX and two-wheel drive LX offer a touring suspension, allowing for excellent ride quality and a smooth, responsive drive.

The Range

Body Styles: passenger van
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Town & Country SX, Chrysler Town & Country LX 2WD, Chrysler Town & Country 4WD, Chrysler Town & Country LXi 2WD, Chrysler Town & Country 4WD

What's New

All-wheel drive joins the lineup for 1997. The SX also starts new this year.

Exterior

The 1997 Chrysler Town & Country comes with monotone paint, body-colored bumpers with chrome inserts, body-colored body side moldings with chrome inserts, and a chrome grille. Other standard exterior features include a rear step bumper, a rear lip spoiler, a fixed antenna, a liftgate rear cargo door, and dual power remote heated mirrors.

The SX and LX come with light tinted windows, with the option of deep tinted windows and a roof rack. The LXi comes with deep tinted windows, a roof rack, and alloy wheels. The SX adds alloy wheels, though the LX has steel wheels. Alloy wheels remain available as an option for the LX, though.

Interior

The Town & Country comes loaded with comfort, convenience, and storage features. Standard comfort features include front bucket seats, adjustable front and rear head restraints, front armrests, rear removable bucket seats, and a removable third-row bench seat. The SX and LX feature cloth upholstery and four-way driver and front-passenger seats; the LXi features leather upholstery and six-way driver and front-passenger seats. Other standard features include a driver’s foot rest and a leather tilt steering wheel.

Air-conditioning, cruise control with steering wheel controls, dual auxiliary visors, vanity mirrors, and a fading dome light provide some standard convenience features. The SX and LX come with an AM/FM/cassette audio system with four speakers; the LXi features an AM/FM/cassette/CD audio system with 10 speakers and a graphic equalizer. Rear air-conditioning comes standard on the LXi and remains optional on the LX. Front and rear cup holders, a front under-seat tray, a cargo light, two 12V DC power outlets, a compass, and a trip computer with exterior temperature readout comprise some other features for the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country.

Storage features for the Town & Country include a full overhead console with storage, covered bin instrument panel storage, a lighted glove box, one seatback storage pocket, and dual door bins. The cargo room with the seats up totals 23.7 cubic feet. With the seats removed, the cargo space expands to 172.3 cubic feet, except for the SX, which has a cargo space of 15.9 cubic feet with the seats up and 146.2 cubic feet with the seats removed.

Performance & Handling

The SX and two-wheel drive LX come standard with the 3.3-liter V-6. This engine produces 158 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The four-wheel drive LX and both LXi models come standard with the 3.8-liter V-6. This engine produces 166 horsepower and 227 lb-ft of torque.

All versions of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country have a firm, front strut suspension, with coil springs in the front and leaf springs in the rear. A front anti-roll bar comes standard, with a rear anti-roll bar being optional for the SX and two-wheel drive LX. This Town & Country utilizes rack and pinion steering and reaches a towing capacity of 2000 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, a security system with a panic alarm, and rear child safety door locks. Headlamps with delay-off, front fog lights, an under-hood light, two door curb lights, and illuminated entry also come standard. The Town & Country also warns the driver when the oil pressure, battery charge, engine temperature, or fluid levels reach unacceptable levels.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Town & Country SX: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Town & Country LX 2WD: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Town & Country 4WD: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Town & Country LXi 2WD: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Town & Country 4WD: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Optional touring suspension
  • Audio options

You Won't Like

  • Build quality
  • Rear air-conditioning not standard on all models

Sum Up

An American family classic.

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