Chrysler Town & Country Interior
Reviewers praise the T&C for its versatile 'Stow-N-Go' seating system and quiet interior cabin. Still, many critics find the rear seats to be too hard, and some find the interior controls hard to see and use.
A strength of the 2007 Town & Country is how quiet the interior is while driving, leading Consumer Guide to call the T&C one of "the quieter minivans. Minimal wind, road and engine noise." About.com calls the minivan "very quiet, with wind and road noise kept to a minimum." Perhaps best summing up many test drivers, MSN calls the T&C "one of the most luxurious minivans around."
Assessing the overall interior of the Town & Country leads critics generally to offer praise, but with some notable shortfalls. On balance, the engineering of the interior reflects the importance of the minivan to the Chrysler Corporation. Consumer Guide observes, "Solid-feeling interior materials" with controls that are "clear, handy." Perhaps the most common complaint of the T&C interior surrounds the small and somewhat confusing audio and climate controls, which Autoweb calls "a bit hard to figure out." Those controls are also "a challenge to learn and use while driving," according to Automotive.com.
Providing about 40.7 inches of front leg room, the front seats of the Town & Country are almost universally seen by critics as comfortable, spacious and providing generally good visibility. Autoweb notes that the Town and Country has "a commanding view of the road from the driver's seat," and that visibility is "excellent." Automotive.com adds that the van has "good visibility all around," thanks to "lots of glass," but also cautions that "thick A-pillars hamper front three-quarter vision."
Those customers opting for the upgraded leather front seats may be in for a treat, as Kelley Blue Book calls them "among the most comfortable in the segment."
The second row of seats (bench in the base, bucket in all other models) reclines and provides 36.5 inches of leg room in the base model but only 34.7 inches in the extended length version. This is because 'Stow-N-Go' seating, standard on the extended length model, has a different seating layout, thus reducing available leg room in second and third rows. Nonetheless, critics almost universally agree with the assessment of Consumer Guide, who notes that the seating is "still spacious enough for adequate adult comfort."
Another drawback of the innovative 'Stow-N-Go' seating on the T&C is that engineers were forced to use thinner, denser material cushions on the seats to allow them to fit in the foldaway position. About.com critics note that grown-ups "may find the second row seats a bit uncomfortable," and Edmunds agrees, adding that "the van's second-row seats are smaller and less comfortable than those of its peers."
The third row of seats in the Town & Country (bench in the base, bucket in all other models) also reclines but provides only 33.8 inches of leg room in the base model and 31.9 inches in the extended length version. In addition to the notable smaller dimensions in these seats versus the second row, Edmunds observes that the T&C has "very little toe room for third-row occupants, since the second-row seats don't allow feet to slide underneath."
With a low step-up sill height on the Town & Country, most reviewers find it easy to get into and out of the vehicle, with Consumer Guide calling ingress "easy" via the "wide sliding doors."
And lastly, while spacious and easy to get into and out of, the rear seating of the Town & Country has some issues noted by a few very observant test drivers. For example, having side windows that can only pop open can "make for a claustrophobic interior," according to Kelley Blue Book, and Autoweb observes that maneuvering "inside from the middle to the back row...is a bit difficult."
The big story for the Chrysler Town & Country has not changed for the past four years -- it is the notable, versatile 'Stow-N-Go' second and third row seating system. This clever engineering feat allows all rear seats to fold over and flip into wells in the floor, resulting in a perfectly flat, open area in the back of the minivan -- all accomplished with no lifting and in less than a few minutes. Automotive.com notes that the capacity in the back of the T&C with seats stowed is "substantially more than what's available in any sport-utility vehicle, including the behemoth Chevy Suburban." Actually, the Suburban has slightly more space, but Town & Country is close.
Critics widely praise the easy operation of the stow-away seats, which Automobile Magazine calls a "nearly effortless, one-handed operation," and Autoweb adds, "it seems reasonable that an adult could fold the seats down with a child and groceries in hand." The Automobile Magazine reviewer also cleverly notes that when the seats are up the "the wells can be used for secret storage; in fact, this may be the long-sought, ideal spot for hiding Christmas gifts."
On the negative side, however, some critics noted that access to the wells when not in use for seat storage can be a little bit inconvenient, requiring some movement of the front seats to get to them. Edmunds calls them "best used for gear that will be accessed infrequently."
The Base T&C is only available in the shorter wheelbase, and it does not offer the Stow-N-Go feature. Instead, it offers the traditional recline-and-fold rear bench seats found in minivans of the past.
The LX version most notably adds the extra vehicle length as well as the Stow-N-Go feature over the base model.
The Touring model adds most notably to the LX version an overhead console, trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear seat air conditioning and an eight-way driver's seat.
The Limited model takes the Town & Country effectively into luxury car territory. While the base T&C can be had for around $20,000, the Limited loaded with options can push $40,000. Automotive.com says the "Town & Country Limited is in many ways a luxury vehicle, and it is in many ways a very intelligent choice of vehicle." Compared to the Touring model, the Limited adds a removable front console, an overhead rail stage system, air filter, radio/seat/mirror memory, autolamp, security alarm, Sirius® radio with one-year service, parking assist, power pedals with memory, three-zone heating and air conditioning, side curtain air bags, a six-disc CD/DVD/MP3 player with Infinity® speakers and a navigation system. Inside the Limited, the Orlando Sentinel observes, "the Town & Country lacked nothing."
Stereo and Entertainment
The stereo system on the T&C is a basic audio system, and with radio options maxing out at 66 watts, it is hard to order true audiophile quality from the factory in this vehicle. The most common observation of critics concerns the radio interface, where MSN observes the "radio buttons and display screen seem small compared with those in many other new vehicles," and The Auto Channel adds, "The buttons...were too small and not clearly labeled."
The problems with the small controls for the radio were mirrored by reviewers trying out the Town & Country navigation system. Automobile Magazine observes that "the small navigation display is squeezed into the center stack where it was never intended to be," with The Auto Channel chiming in, "We had a navigation system, but the screen was so small that it was hard to read. I would prefer either a larger screen or no navigation system." A number of reviewers speculated that the T&C engineers seemed to have jammed a navigation system into a space that was never designed for it -- reflecting the age of the overall design of the Chrysler.
On the plus side, Automotive.com adds, "Those criticisms aside, however, the system works extremely well...It's easy to program destinations, easier than many other systems, in fact, and the directions, given audibly and displayed on the monitor, are clear and accurate." In a parting shot, the critic notes, "The brightness of the display at night was annoying and even a little distracting while driving, and it cannot be dimmed, only turned off."
The Town & Country has a reputation for nice, consumer-friendly touches throughout the car, including available adjustable brake and gas pedals (standard on Limited) that allow shorter drivers to sit farther from the air bag for safety. Higher trims feature 12V DC front and rear power outlets.
The Town & Country base model features 129 cubic feet of storage behind the front row, 72 cubic feet behind the second row and 23.5 cubic feet behind the third row. Consumer Guide calls this space behind the third row, "tight."
The Town & Country extended length models feature 144.2 cubic feet behind the front row, 85.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 32.5 cubic feet behind the third row.