2008 Chrysler Town & Country Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country was new.
The interior of the Town & Country is spacious, filled with kid-friendly features, and has an innovative selection of seating arrangements. The Forbes. The concludes, "Well laid-out and very comfortable interior makes the destinations less important than the trip."calls the interior "cavernous. That's the only way to describe the fifth generation of minivans from Chrysler." Also deemed impressive, though, is the way that the interior becomes a place where children can play. "The Town & Country's interior can be equipped like a family room," says
BusinessWeek says, "What sells this van is its interior, notably the available multimedia audio/video/navigation system and handy seating options." And Car and Driver adds, "The new minivan is as kid-friendly as they come." Several note that the Town & Country is almost a home away from home. "The designers aimed to bring the touches of a well-appointed home to the interior of the Town & Country," says the , "using satin finishes, wood and leather trim and tailored lines along the instrument panel. Even the ambient lighting is like what you might find in a home." Still, not everyone is absolutely sold on this interior. Cars.com, in a review that's generally more negative than most, says, "The interior quality is better than Chrysler's usual fare, but the automaker still has some ground to make up."
The big news about the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is the seats. For several years the Town & Country has featured Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seating system, which allows the second and third row seats to be folded flat for more cargo room. But the 2008 model adds an optional Swivel 'n Go system, so that second row seats can be rotated to face the third row, turning the back of the car into a kind of mobile family room (though the seats can only swivel when the van isn't moving). The second and third rows convert into a family area with a table that pops out of the floor and can be used for such activities as eating and playing cards. "One of the most interesting innovations is the optional Swivel 'n Go seating system," says Forbes. "The two second-row captain's chairs smoothly pivot around to face the third row, and a removable, stowable tabletop pops into place between the rows of seats -- perfect for card games, homework or meals-on-the-go." Consumer Guide says, "Novel swivel 'n Go seats work as advertised, allowing easy interaction between 2nd and 3rd-row riders."
Unfortunately for those who want both the comfort of Swivel 'n Go and the convenience of Stow 'n Go, the options are incompatible; buyers must choose one or the other. According to Car and Driver, the trade-off for buyers is choosing "between Swivel 'n Go's table and plusher second-row seats that do not stow and the functionality of Stow 'n Go. You can't have both." Forbes hopes "a future model will offer seating that combines both features, perhaps called 'Swivel 'n Stow.'" A major problem with Stow 'n Go is that the seats aren't terribly comfortable and stowing them can be awkward. "Contrary to what you might assume," says Cars.com, "Stow 'n Go is hardly a win-win situation. In order to collapse into a small space, the captain's chairs are meagerly cushioned and come up short on long-haul comfort, and the segmented doors over the storage compartments don't open enough to fit the collapsible seats without first scooting the front seats forward."
With either option, the Town & Country seats seven. Cars.com finds, "Headroom and legroom up front is excellent." Consumer Guide says the Town & Country's wide and comfortable front row chairs "contribute to long-haul comfort." Everybody agrees the second and third rows are comfortable for children, though some debate whether adults will feel equally at home. According to Car and Driver, "adults fit, but not always gracefully." Of the back row, Consumer Guide says, "The 3rd-row bench is plenty roomy for two passengers," but "a squeeze for anything but three preteens." And Forbes "especially liked that the Town & Country third-row seat cushions don't rest right down on the floor, the way they do in some SUVs, so my knees stayed well below my chin."
With Stow 'n Go seating, the cargo space in the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is substantial. The LX has 143.8 cubic feet behind the first row seats and 82.7 cubic feet behind the second row seats, according to Chrysler. The Touring and the Limited have 140.1 cubic feet and 83.7 cubic feet behind the first and second rows, respectively. All three trims have 32.3 cubic feet behind the third row seats. Consumer Guide notes that vast space is available, "though different seating configuration offer varying challenges to accessing that space. Stow 'n Go second-row seating disappears into van floor as advertised, but the process of folding the seat into the floor is more complicated and clumsy than it should be." AutoWeek adds, "The in-floor storage is also very generous, and there are cup holders galore." But Motor Trend reviewer had problems hauling cargo with the Town & Country: "The Swivel 'n Go seats are hard enough to remove that I didn't attempt it, and I was unable to close the hatch on the sheets, even with them angling up and over the folded center-row seatbacks. At least the side panels were designed with rub strips that prevented the drywall from marring the interior."