Intro: The Chrysler Town & Country was the minivan that started it all. The first brand to bring a minivan to market has redesigned the Town & Country, with an updated appearance inside and out, and features keeping it current in the very competitive minivan market.
The new design incorporates a crisp, slated grille, chrome accent on the lower fascia, and bold "Town & Country" spelled across the tailgate. Trims for the Town & Country are Touring, Touring-L, and Limited. Our Touring-L test model featured halogen fog lights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the versatility of power open-close sliding doors and rear hatch.
Performance: The Town & Country is powered by a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, sending 283 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The L-Designation in our Touring-L model stands for Leather, which gave the interior a decidedly upscale feel. On top of being attractive, the interior is very functional, with multiple storage compartments, a wall-style power outlet, a removable flashlight and the innovative Stow & Go seating system. Stow & Go allows the second and third rows to seamlessly store in the floor.
Front row occupants of our Touring-L are also treated to heated seats, while the driver gets the benefit of a heated steering wheel, and the available touchscreen navigation, and hands free voice-activated calling. All passengers will enjoy the standard 6-speaker stereo, complete with 30-gig hard drive, 6.5 inch touch screen, auxiliary/USB audio ports and 1-year subscription to Sirius satellite radio.
For those planning to take the kids on long road trips, we recommend the available Entertainment Group. Standard with the Limited and optional with the Touring models, it includes second and third row flip down screens, a DVD player, and wireless headphones.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include electronic stability program, standard park assist sensors, rear view camera, blind spot detection system, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country is $30,260. A Limited model starts at $39,160.
Warranty: The Town & Country is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: In a market chock full of competent minivans to choose from, the 2011Chrysler Town & Country, with its new design, updated engine and first rate features, continues to lead the way. (2:54)