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MSRP: $30,765 - $41,995
Invoice: $29,534 - $39,865
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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Chrysler Town & Country Performance

Reviewers say that the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country has a powerful V6 engine and a fairly comfortable ride, though some also write that it doesn’t handle as well as other minivans.

  • "As long as you forget about carving up back roads, the Chrysler is among the most comfortable, easy-to-drive vehicles on the market." -- The Wall Street Journal (2013)
  • "A powerful V6 and confident handling make the Town & Country an alert minivan, yet it still doesn't feel as dynamic or responsive as the class leaders. The engine can also get loud and abrasive when pushed hard, and over broken pavement, the T&C's ride isn't as compliant as its rivals." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is below-average for the class.

Test drivers say the Town & Country’s V6 is powerful and smooth, but a few mention that it’s noisy during quick acceleration. Reviewers write that the six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, although one says that you have to push hard on the gas pedal to get the transmission to downshift, and another says that gear changes can be jarring.

  • "Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has power in reserve and can move a fully-loaded Limited model without making you wish for a HEMI V8. The engine and transmission work fairly seamlessly, never feeling overburdened or indecisive, and the dash-mounted gear selector is easy to master." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "This minivan accelerates smoothly, if not as sprightly as its 283-horsepower rating would suggest. The transmission upshifts smoothly. Some downshifts require a somewhat deep pressing of the gas pedal." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Chrysler's V6 engine, while powerful and fairly smooth, can get noisy under hard acceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can be abrupt." -- Edmunds (2013)

Handling and Braking

Some reviewers write that the Chrysler Town & Country has a smooth ride, but others mention that bumps transmit into the cabin, sometimes with a jolt. One test driver mentions that the steering effort is heavier than he would expect in a family vehicle.

  • "We're not overly impressed with the ride quality, either. Compared with the competition, the Chrysler's ride isn't as composed or refined on rough roads. Finally, some drivers may find the steering effort on the heavy side, which is a bit incongruous in a family hauler." -- Edmunds
  • "With the standard suspension, Town & Country rides quite smoothly. Naturally, large pavement breaks find their way into the cabin. Some impacts can seem harsh, but those incidents are very rare." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Chrysler redesigned the suspension, too. The changes may not make it an autocross champion, but it does help give it a very stable ride." -- Detroit Free Press (2011)
Review Last Updated: 10/11/13

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