2012 Chrysler Town & Country Performance
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Reviewers say the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country drives fine, with comfortable handling and good power. Several think vans from Honda and Toyota offer more refined performance, however.
- "The muscular engine and confident handling on winding roads make the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country a contender. But segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna still offer more refinement." -- Edmunds
Acceleration and Power
All trims have a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Most reviewers like the powertrain, but also say that it’s not perfect. While you wouldn’t want to take the Town & Country to the drag strip, it’s fine around town and on the highway. Several note that the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna have more refined engines.
- "The V6 provides adequate pull from a stop with sufficient passing reserves. Some steeper hills require a kick down for more power, but a slight stab of the throttle is all that's needed. Switching on a dashboard button labeled ‘Econ’ is reportedly supposed to help the driver save fuel, but it makes little perceptible difference in terms of pedal feel or acceleration." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Chrysler's engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there's an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can sometimes be jarring." -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Test drivers report that the Town & Country isn't the best handler in its class, but it's car-like with comfortable road manners.
- "The steering is light on center but has a pleasantly substantial feel as it is turned farther to either direction. A fair amount of body lean is noticed in fast corners, but this van doesn't wallow. Brakes are strong with good pedal feel. Simulated panic stops produced moderate nosedive." -- Consumer Guide
- "The steering is quick, weighty, and tuned for Turn Nine at Watkins Glen, but we do wonder if the minivan crowd might prefer the lighter steering found in the (Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna or Nissan Quest)." -- Car and Driver
- "Chrysler redesigned the suspension (in 2011), too. The changes may not make it an autocross champion, but it does help give it a very stable ride." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant (since the 2011 refresh) as well. On the highway, we've also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to the outgoing model." -- Edmunds