What Changed for 2008:
- All-new ground-up redesign
- New 24-valve 4.0-liter V-6 engine joins carryover 12-valve 3.3- and 3.8-liter V-6s
- New 6-speed automatic transmission standard with 3.8- and 4.0-liter engines
- New \"Swivel 'n Go\" seating
- Optional power-folding third-row seat with \"tailgate\" mode
- Optional single and dual-screen DVD players and Sirius satellite TV
- Optional MyGIG stereo with integrated 20 GB hard drive
- Optional colored halo lighting
- Standard three-row side curtain air bags
- Standard electronic stability control
Chrysler Corp. has been known for its minivans since the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager were introduced in 1983. In 1990, Chrysler introduced the Town & Country model, its first luxury-oriented minivan, using the name that adorned Chrysler's first wood-sided station wagon in 1941. In recent years, the Town & Country has been distinguished from the Dodge Grand Caravan primarily by comfort and convenience features (along with a unique grille). With the 2008 redesign, Chrysler has gone to great lengths to differentiate the two through interior design. While the Dodge's interior is less ornate, the Chrysler's interior features satin-finish silver plastics and wood trim. Chrysler designed the new minivan for families that use their minivans as a living room on wheels: witness the new optional Swivel 'n Go seating, with second-row seats that can be turned around 180 degrees (and seat belts integrated into the seats to allow safe travel for rear-facing passengers). A lightweight table can be set up between the rows for snacking (or gaming) on the go. Other seating options include the Stow 'n Go system, with second-row seats that fold down into the floor, and a traditional two-place bench.
The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is available in LX, Touring and Limited trim levels. The LX comes with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine; second-row bench seat; steel wheels; power locks and front windows; keyless entry; CD/MP3 player; and YES Essentials stain- and odor-resistant seat cloth. Options include Stow 'n Go and Swivel 'n Go seating; power-operated sliding doors, tailgate and second-row windows; YES Essentials floor mats; cruise control; MyGIG hard-drive-based stereo; Sirius satellite radio; backup camera; single-screen rear-seat entertainment system; and alloy wheels.
The Touring model adds a 3.8-liter V-6 engine; Stow 'n Go seating; alloy wheels; rear air conditioning; automatic headlights; overhead storage bin; power-operated sliding doors and tailgate; a roof rack; fog lights; and YES Essentials seats and floor mats. Options, in addition to those offered on the LX, include Swivel 'n Go seats; dual-screen rear entertainment system with Sirius Backseat TV; Bluetooth phone compatibility; automatic climate control; power-folding third-row seat; and a navigation system.
The top-of-the-line Town & Country Limited adds a 4.0-liter V-6 engine; three-zone climate control; thicker carpeting; leather seats (power adjustable in front with heat for first and second rows); HID headlights; MyGig stereo with Sirius satellite radio; and unique interior and exterior trim.
The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX comes with a 175-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that runs on either gasoline or E85. It drives the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission and carries EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The Town & Country Touring is powered by a 197-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 engine, while the Limited model features a new 251-hp, 4.0-liter 24-valve V-6 engine. Both 3.8- and 4.0-liter units are backed by an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates for models equipped with 3.8- and 4.0-liter engines are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Towing capacity is 1800 pounds; an optional trailer tow prep package, available on Touring and Limited models, increases capacity to 3600 pounds.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test results were not available at the time of writing. However, the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country comes with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment, including front air bags; three-row side curtain air bags; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist; electronic stability control; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Swivel 'n Go second-row seats have the seat belt integrated with the seat frame, and Chrysler's internal crash tests have verified that passengers are safe riding backwards as well as forwards. Other safety hardware includes three LATCH child seat anchors, optional integrated child booster seats, and a rear-view camera. In the event of an air bag deployment, the Town & Country automatically unlocks the doors and switches on the interior lights and hazard flashers.
The objective of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country's Swivel 'n Go seating is to turn the minivan into a mini living room. A center console, located between the front seats, slides back far enough to deliver drive-in drinks to passengers in the second row. The dual-screen entertainment system, optional on Limited and Touring models, allows the screens to work independently. Video sources include the built-in DVD player, two auxiliary audio/video input jacks, or Sirius Backseat TV. (The dashboard screen will also play movies from the built-in DVD player so long as the transmission is in park.) A 115-volt outlet allows a video game system, VCR, or additional DVD player to be plugged in. Stereo choices include the MyGig system, which features a 20 GB hard drive that can store more than 1,200 songs.