The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is a seven-passenger minivan. Reviewers have praised its unique styling, upscale design, and ability to combine practicality with luxury. Three trim levels are available: Touring, Touring-L, and Limited. MSRP ranges from $29,995 for the Touring to $38,995 for the Limited.
Engine, Drivetrain and Suspension Specifications
All trim levels come with a 3.6-liter V6 flex-fuel engine. It uses front-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission, MacPherson strut front independent suspension, and torsion beam rear suspension. Fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
The Touring trim level comes with power rear quarter windows, power heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry, power sliding doors, power rear liftgate, and roof rack. The Touring-L adds standard rain sensing intermittent wipers and driver’s auto-dimming exterior mirror, as well as an optional power sunroof. The high-end Limited includes all of these features as standard.
The Touring minivan automatically comes with power driver’s and passenger’s seats, leather seating, folding split-bench third row seats, Stow ‘n Go second- and third-row seats which fold into the floor, third-row tailgate seats, adjustable pedals, universal remote transmitter, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, three zone climate control, trip computer, and Bluetooth. The Touring-L includes these features plus rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote ignition, and tri-zone automatic temperature control. Upgrading to the Limited version gives multi-level heating driver’s and passenger’s seats, heated second row seats, premium leather seating, heated steering wheel, and memorized settings for two drivers. A navigation system is optional.
Standard features on the Touring and Touring-L trim levels include six speakers, separate rear audio, video monitor, in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback capability and touch-screen display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one year subscription, auxiliary MP3 input, audio and video remote control, and USB connection. The Limited model has an upgraded CD/DVD/MP3 system with nine speakers and subwoofer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link with one year subscription, voice command with Bluetooth, and a DVD entertainment center with twin display screens.
The Town & Country comes with ABS, head airbags, front side airbags, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, stability control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring system. In recent years, it earned a “good” rating in the IIHS frontal offset and side impact tests. It earned four star ratings on the NHTSA crash tests.
The automotive press cites the Chrysler Town & Country as an enjoyable vehicle to drive with comfortable seats, a strong engine, and confident handling. The versatile, easy-to-use seating arrangement is unique among minivans. The drivetrain lacks some refinement compared to competitors, but drivers who don’t mind this will find a lot of things to love about this car.
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