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in 2009 Minivans

Avg. Price Paid: $10,551 - $15,068
Original MSRP: $26,340 - $36,780
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Chrysler Town & Country Interior

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The interior of the Town & Country is spacious, filled with kid-friendly features, and has an innovative selection of seating arrangements. However, it suffers from subpar materials quality and its second and third row seats may not be suitable for adults.

  • "Overall, the interior has good looking plastics, though we noticed a handful of rattles and creaks." -- AutoWeek
  • "There's an endless array of cheap plastic panels, though, and in many places they look downright tacky. A lot of minivans and SUVs have done away with soft-touch materials - perhaps they aren't as important to their buyers - but the better ones at least manage to make the harder surfaces appear expensive." -- Cars.com
  • "The interior quality is better than Chrysler's usual fare, but the automaker still has some ground to make up." -- Cars.com

Seating

The '09 Town & Country seats seven passengers and features either a Stow 'n Go seating system or a Swivel 'n Go system. While the former allows the second and third row seats to be folded flat for more cargo room, the latter creates a mobile family room by rotating the second row to face the third row and erecting a table in between. 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.

While most critics find the Town & Country's front seats comfortable, many assert that its second and third row seats are better suited for children. And while the Swivel 'n Go seats are more comfortable than the Stow 'n Go, they're not as versatile.

  • "A smooth ride and comfortable seats make extended time behind the wheel much more tolerable." -- MSN
  • "Seating is good for kids in rows two and three, and the front seats are well-shaped for adults. Adults will not find the next two rows as comfortable." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "One of the most interesting innovations is the optional Swivel 'n Go seating system. 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." -- Forbes
  • "Setting up the table and getting the second-row seats to twirl was easy enough, and the sort of family-room-cum-conversion-van layout is way cool, but it doesn't leave a lot of legroom between the seats." -- AutoWeek
  • "The trade-off: You have to choose between Swivel 'n Go's table and plusher second-row seats that do not stow and the functionality of Stow 'n Go (less comfy on long rides). You can't have both.  ... The swivel seats are fatter and more luxurious, but Chrysler has improved the less-comfy Stow 'n Go cushions as well, although they must remain leaner to be able to fold away." -- Car and Driver
  • "Contrary to what you might assume, 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." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The '09 Town & Country features loads of convenience features -- which, for the most part, leave auto writers impressed. A reviewer favorite is its optional dual video screens for second and third row passengers.

  • "The seemingly endless roster of features includes dual glove boxes and heated seats in front and second rows, a tire-pressure monitor, a mirror to monitor kids in back, ambient lighting in the roof console, swiveling reading lamps in the rear, a remote engine starter, a rechargeable LED flashlight tucked into the cargo area, plus a number of grocery-bag hooks." -- Forbes
  • "We did find the climate controls a little low, and the small buttons required taking our eyes off the road longer than we liked." -- AutoWeek
  • "Large dials and gauges are simple to locate and easy to read. Most controls are plainly marked and work as expected, though audio controls suffer undue complication on models with Chrysler's unconnect multimedia/navigation system. Some testers also found climate controls mounted too low for quick adjustment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The optional two video screens get Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and the Cartoon Network via Sirius satellite radio. Second-row passengers can watch one channel, while third-row passengers watch a DVD or play a video game. Even the front-row passengers can watch a movie as long as the minivan is in park, creating a driveway drive-in possibility." -- Detroit News
  • "The MyGIG display can also include an optional navigation system with real-time traffic monitoring, which I had a chance to use in the Limited. I wish the screen were bigger. The resolution is excellent, but there's a lot of information crammed onto the 6.5-inch display. It's especially tight compared to the Quest (7 inches) and Odyssey (8 inches)." -- Cars.com

Cargo

In large part to its versatile Stow 'n Go seating arrangement, the '09 Town & Country provides loads of cargo room. According to Chrysler, the LX has 143.8 cubic-feet behind the first row seats and 82.7 cubic-feet behind the second row seats. The Touring and Limited have 140.1 cubic-feet and 83.7-cubic feet behind the first and second rows, respectively. All three trims provide 32.3 cubic-feet behind the third row seats.

  • "The in-floor storage is also very generous, and there are cup holders galore." -- AutoWeek
  • "Vast space available, though different seating configurations offer varying challenges to accessing that volume. Stow 'n Go second-row seating disappears into van floor as advertised, but process of folding the seat into the floor is more complicated and clumsy than it should be--though it is a welcome convenience not offered on rival minivans." -- Consumer Guide

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