2012 Chrysler Town & Country Review
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country receives good reviews for its family-friendly interior, but automotive journalists still say that other vans offer more refined performance.
Most test drivers say that the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country deserves a spot on any minivan shopper’s list, especially if you’re looking for a van with upscale, high-tech features and don’t care too much about performance. The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country offers a standard rear-seat DVD entertainment system and available features that turn the van into a Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s also practical, with second row seats that fold into the floor along with lots of cargo space.
In all, members of the automotive press say that the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country makes the company that invented the minivan a contender in the class again. But, that doesn’t mean the Town & Country is perfect. You get a lot of standard features, but the Town & Country is pricey compared with other vans. Plus, a few reviewers say its performance isn’t as good as what other vans offer. But if you put family-friendly features and comfortable surroundings before driver engagement, you should find a lot to like in the Chrysler Town & Country.
Other Minivans to Consider
Though car reviewers like the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country a lot, several prefer the performance in the Toyota Sienna, which also has a lower starting price. Though you don’t get as many standard features on the Sienna, you do get better resell value and available all-wheel drive.
If you’re considering the Town & Country, you’ll also want to look at the Dodge Grand Caravan and Volkswagen Routan. All three vans are built by Chrysler, with the Grand Caravan offering a lower price, but the same practical seating and cargo options as the Town & Country. Though you’ll give up some posh features, the Grand Caravan may make more sense for your budget. The Routan has styling that may appeal to you more than the Town & Country’s.
Details: Chrysler Town & Country
After a major update in 2011, which included a new engine, improved interior and upgrades to the suspension, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country sees few changes. Leather seating and a rear-seat DVD system are newly standard. The Town & Country comes in Touring, Touring L and Limited trims. See full 2012 Chrysler Town & Country specs.
- “Massively improved last year, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan drive with more precision, have better interiors, and are still hugely practical. The Chrysler took second place in our most recent minivan comparo. Minivans might be bland, but they come in very handy when you need one.” -- Car and Driver
- "The Chrysler Town & Country is smooth-riding, quiet, and luxurious. It's also the most versatile thanks to its Stow 'n Go seating. Together with the Grand Caravan from sister-division Dodge, these are formidable choices in the minivan segment." -- Consumer Guide
- "Although the Chrysler Town & Country boasts a strong engine, confident handling and a well-trimmed cabin, it still trails the competition in terms of refinement." -- Edmunds
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