2008 Chrysler Town & Country vs. Its Competition

2008 Chrysler Town & Country 4-door Wagon Touring Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Town & Country’s twin, the Dodge Grand Caravan, offers identical features at a slightly lower price compared to the Chrysler.

Honda’s excellent Odyssey is more enjoyable dynamically for the driver, while the Toyota Sienna provides a plusher ride.

However, neither can match the Chrysler’s list of features or its sticker (which heads toward the Kia or Hyundai).

We consider it significant that Volkswagen—the company that invented the minivan with its 1950 Transporter Microbus—is using the Chrysler minivan as the foundation for its 2009 Routan.

2008 Chrysler Town & Country 4-door Wagon Touring Front Exterior View2008 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings2009 Volkswagen Routan S2009 Volkswagen RoutanBrowse Used Listings2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door Wagon SXT Front Exterior View2008 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings2008 Honda Odyssey LX2008 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings2008 Toyota Sienna XLE2008 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.2
If you’re shopping for a practical family hauler, the Chrysler Town & Country needs to be on your “must drive” list if only for the features it offers.
8.2
The 2009 Volkswagen Routan has the bonuses of Chrysler’s segment-defining minivans with a touch of German flair, but a modern-day VW Bus it’s not.
8.2
The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is loaded with practical features that families on the go will use and appreciate, but it’s not the most luxurious minivan out there.
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The 2008 Honda Odyssey melds everyday practicality with fun-to-drive.
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The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
MSRP From    
$23,415$25,200$22,520$25,860$24,440
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon LX4-Door Wagon S4-Door Wagon SE5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77777
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door Ext WB4 Door5 Door Reg WB
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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