The big four minivans in terms of sales have a monopoly on safety ratings, and if you're looking at the Town & Country, safety has to be at the top of your shopping list.
Of course, you'll also look at the Dodge Grand Caravan, which differs mostly in the details.
The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are also IIHS Top Safety Picks, with the Odyssey's steering and interior space balanced out by its expensive option packages--Bluetooth and a six-speed automatic are only offered on the most expensive versions--and the Sienna's frugal four-cylinder and six-cylinder drivetrains tempered by its high sticker price and less flexible seating package.
If you're fine without Stow 'N Go seating and sliding side doors, take a look at the best non-minivan in the seven-seat game--Ford's Flex, a boxy, charming people hauler with the most advanced infotainment system available.
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|2012 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2012 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan|
|4-Door Wagon Touring||4-Door Wagon SE||4-Door SE FWD||5-Door LX||5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Passenger Van||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door Reg WB|