The Chrysler Town & Country is a minivan that has gone through a lot of changes over time. Unfortunately, the Town & Country has lost a lot of its appeal in the 2009 model.
Body Styles: Minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6, four-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Town & Country LX, Town & Country Touring, Town & Country Limited
The 2009 Town & Country LX model gets a few more standard options, including Stow ‘n Go second row seating. The Touring and Limited models get a dedicated iPod interface, rain-sensing wipers, and a blind-spot alert system as standard.
The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country has a width of 76.9 inches and a height of 68.9 inches. The sheet metal is pretty standard, meaning the Town & Country looks like a lot of other minivans on the market. Practically everything about the 2009 Town & Country is dull.
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country LX model is available with 16-inch steel wheels, power accessories, front and rear air-conditioning with third row power vents, cruise control, stain resistant cloth upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, and a CD/MP3 player. A Power Convenience package adds power sliding doors, a power tailgate for easy storage, and a driver’s seat with power adjustments.
The Town & Country Touring model comes equipped with a larger V-6 engine and swaps out the 16-inch steel wheels for alloy.
The Town & Country Limited model includes all the features in the Family and Premium group options as standard. The Limited adds Xenon headlamps, rear parking assist, and drive memory. A power folding third row seat is available as an option.
The interior is full of hard surfaces and plastic. Wood trim and some chrome accents make the interior a bit more interesting than it would be otherwise. Some of the controls on the dashboard are not placed high enough for easy use without taking the eyes off the road. The touchscreen controls are often hard to use while in motion. An Entertainment group is also available with the LX model that adds rear seat entertainment with wireless headphones, satellite radio, and a touchscreen radio interface. A 30 GB storage system is also available for movies and music.
There are many 2009 Chrysler Town & Country innovations, however. The Stow ‘n Go features on the captain's seat in the back allow you to hide away the chairs for a flat floor and extra storage area. The swivel seats allow you to change the direction the passengers are sitting, allowing everyone to sit facing each other. A pole-mounted table is also available for an eating area. Also standard are automatic headlights, power pedals, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a satellite radio system. A Family Group package adds sunshades for the second and third row, remote ignition, and a special center console. The Premium group upgrades the 16-inch alloy wheels to 17-inch alloy and adds adding rain-sensing wipers, climate control, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Unfortunately, the build quality of most of the interior is poor. There is a lot of rattling and cabin noise. Doors creak as well.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country handles just like a minivan should. It offers three V-6 engines. The 3.3-liter V-6 produces 175 horsepower with 205 lb-ft of torque. The Touring comes with a 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 197 horsepower with 259 lb-ft of torque. The four-liter V-6 comes with the Limited model and produces 251 horsepower with 259 lb-ft of torque, making the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country one of the fastest minivans out there.
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country has standard anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and full side curtains. Child booster seats are available as an option on all models. The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country received five stars on front and side collision government tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Town & Country 3.3-liter: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Town & Country 3.8-liter and four-liter: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Innovative seating features
- Entertainment features to keep kids occupied
- Four-liter engine
You Won't Like
- Inferior compared to the competition
- Poor build quality of many items
- Unimpressive fuel economy
- That innovative seating is quite uncomfortable
Other minivans on the market blow it out of the water.
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