2013 Chrysler Town & Country Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 22, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Blu-Ray DVD player newly available
  • Higher-resolution rear DVD screens standard
  • Leather upholstery becomes standard
  • HDMI input added to DVD screens for video game compatibility
  • Two rear-seat USB ports added
  • Trailer Sway Damping newly standard
  • Power-folding mirrors standard on Limited and optional on Touring L trim levels

Introduction

The Chrysler Town & Country is a minivan with seating for seven featuring Chrysler's Stow 'n Go rear seats that fold into the floor. It is the same basic vehicle as the Dodge Grand Caravan, but has more equipment and is priced higher.

The Chrysler Town & Country competes against the Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and Toyota Sienna.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country comes standard with power-sliding side doors and a power rear liftgate. Other standard exterior features include a rear wiper/washer, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, fog lights, roof rack, and P225/65R17 tires on alloy wheels. A sunroof and a trailer towing package are also available.

Interior Features

The Town & Country features seating for seven with Chrysler's Stow 'n Go second- and third-row seats. The second-row seats fold into bins beneath the floor, and the third-row seats flip over into a well at the back of the vehicle. The second-row bins and rear well can be used as storage while the seats are being used to transport passengers. With all the seats up, the Town & Country has 33 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third-row folded that increases to 83.3 cubic feet, and with all seats folded, total cargo space is 143.8 cubic feet.

Other standard interior features include leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, power-adjustable driver's seat, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD audio, auxiliary input jack, USB ports, music hard drive, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, DVD entertainment system, rearview camera, trip computer, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt power outlet, and a conversation mirror.

Optional Features

To the base Touring model, the Town & Country Touring L adds rear park assist, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, power-adjustable passenger seat, mirror-mounted turn signals, driver-side auto-dimming mirror, remote engine starting, second- and third-row sunshades, rain-sensing wipers, and self-dimming headlights. The Limited gets a navigation system with real-time traffic information, heated wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front and second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, keyless access and starting, dual-screen rear Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system, xenon headlights, polished alloy wheels, and memory for the driver-seat, mirrors and pedals.

Options beyond the Limited equipment include removable second-row seats, Mopar Uconnect web connectivity, and a Luxury package with a sunroof, power-folding third-row seat, dual overhead consoles, and a load-leveling suspension.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country comes with just one engine and one transmission. The engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is flex-fuel capable, so it can run on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country are 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country comes with the usual safety features, plus a driver-side knee air bag, brake assist, active front head restraints, and trailer sway damping. All but the base model also come with rear park assist, blind-spot alert, and cross-traffic alert.

In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program, the Chrysler Town & Country received 5 (out of 5) stars in the side-impact test, and 4 starts in the frontal and rollover tests, giving it a 4-star overall rating. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, it received the highest rating of "Good" in the front overlap, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests, making it a "Top Safety Pick," according to the Institute. It has not been subjected to the new small overlap front test, so it cannot be named a "Top Safety Pick Plus."

Technology

The Town & Country is offered with two audio/entertainment systems. The base system, Uconnect 430, can play CDs, DVDs, and MP3 files, and it comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen, an auxiliary input jack, high-definition radio, and a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold about 6700 music files. It also has GraceNotes music tagging. The Limited trim level comes with Uconnect Media Center 730N, which adds a navigation system, voice control, iPod control, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, and one year of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXMTraffic. Part of the hard drive is devoted to the navigation system, so this system can hold about 4250 music files, according to Chrysler.
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