Ever wondered about Chrysler’s Town & Country Minivan? For the next week, I’ll be test driving the Town & Country Limited Edition and blogging about my thoughts.
Initial thoughts: My husband and I are really impressed. The Town & Country handles local roads and highways well. The steering is intuitive and I easily adapted to driving it. We are in the market for a minivan (our car recently died and it’s time for a bigger vehicle). Because we weren’t ready to make a choice yet, I’ve been driving my father-in-law’s SUV for the past three months. (Read more after the jump).
The Town & Country was delivered to me this past Friday afternoon and my family and I took it for its a spin the next morning. Since it was going to be a hot day in NYC, we decided to escape the city and hit a nice, air conditioned museum. We picked Stepping Stones Children’s Museum (about 45 minutes away in Norwalk, CT) as our destination – I’ll be posting that review next. We’ve been testing driving minivans over the last few months, but hadn’t considered the Town & Country. This test drive is making us wonder if this may be the minivan for us.
What I really liked is if you go for the lowest base model (the Town & Country Touring) you get leather seats and a DVD Player included (for the 2nd Row). If you added this onto the lower model of the three most popular competitors, you’d have to pay a lot more money for both features. The model I’m driving this week is the Town & Country Limited Edition. Find out more about it here.
Features: We loved the features – automatic doors, DVD Player, Satellite and local radio stations, MP3 access (just plug your device into a USB cord and then connect your USB cord right to the console).
There’s also 2 110 Volt plugs, so you can also use cell phone chargers, etc. Right above the plugs is the DVD Player, which was really simple to use.
Put the DVD in and hit play (I’ve tested out some other vehicles and you needed to read the manual just to work some of those DVD players). You can also pair your bluetooth-enabled phone to your vehicle (but I didn’t do that yet). The cup holders were easy to access and really “held’ the cups. As someone who had her ice coffee careen out cupholders before, I was impressed.
Storage: With the Town & Country, you’ve got their unique “Stow and Go” which means “both the second- and third-row seats fold into floor bins individually – so you can go from seven seats to two, or any combination in between”. And there’s also the trunk area (which has a “well”).
Seating: The Town and Country holds 7 passengers. I put my two younger ones in the 2nd row and my oldest in his booster set in the 3rd row.
What I didn’t like: While minor, I was bothered that the gear shift didn’t have any indicators on it. The top is park, then reverse, then neutral, then drive. But, when I turned the Town and Country on, I saw those indicators right below the little info screen on the dashboard.
For those of you who may not have experience with new ignition systems, you just push the start button and put your foot on the brake to start.
Other notable cool things: The Town and Country will tell you if your tire pressure is okay. The fuel economy was good (plus, you can use flexible fuel!!).
If you’re captivated by the Town & Country, Chrysler is running the following deals:
$299/39 mo. lease and MSRP starting at $29,995.
$750 Bonus Conquest Cash- right now when you turn in any competitive vehicle, you will receive an incremental $750 bonus when you buy a Town & Country. This offer is good across the US.
Chrysler has a cool program called Drive for the Kids. Each time someone does a test drive at a special Drive for the Kids event, they earn $10 towards the host school.
Thank you to Chrysler for providing a Town & Country Touring Minivan to drive for one week for the purpose of this review. This post is part of a Chrysler sponsorship. As always, my opinions are my own.