2012 Chrysler Town & Country Review

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2017
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2017
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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.

Chrysler's Town & Country minivan returns with a few new standard features this year, and last year's renovation from nose to tail is holding up well--as is its reputation for safety.

With better styling and a smoother powertrain than in the recent past, the Town & Country still is a near-twin to the Dodge Grand Caravan. The differences come primarily in pricing and features. The Grand Caravan is the minivan value leader, with prices as low as $22,000. The Town & Country goes upscale to places its name implies, up and above the $30,000 barrier to a niche where "luxury" and "minivan" don't sound so mutually exclusive.

That said, there's not enough distinction between the looks of the Grand Caravan and this Town & Country to make for much cocktail-party talk. It's more refined than before, for sure, but the Town & Country remains an upright, square-jawed vehicle, one that stands out as the elder statesman in a crowd of Siennas, Quests and Odysseys. It's gussied up with Chrysler's latest winged logo and the grille is a bit more discreet, and its taillamps are lit by LEDs. It's inside where the differences from the Dodge minivan are a little more striking: the dimensions are shared but the finishes and styling are nicer, with more chrome bangles circling major controls and none of the pervasive cheapness of the pre-2011 Chrysler vans. It's pretty rich inside the T&C, right down to the analog clock that mimics the shape of the grille.

The Chrysler minivan shares its powertrain with the Dodge, which means a 283-horsepower V-6, a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive--there's no all-wheel-drive option as the Sienna still offers. Chrysler's "Pentastar" powertrain is fine for lugging a full family around from mall to mall, and the steering's a bit quicker to respond than before, but the Chrysler vans' handling is softly tuned, and the suspension bounds more than the fairly responsive Odyssey and Sienna. The V-6 delivers better acceleration by a wide margin, but fuel economy is flat against the Town & Country's pre-2011 numbers.

With standard Stow 'N Go seating system, the Chrysler minivans lead the minivan pack in flexibility. Stow 'N Go means the two rearmost rows of seats can be folded into the floor. The former Swivel 'N Go picnic table package is no longer available for reservations, however. This year, all Chrysler minivans have standard leather upholstery--and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.

The Town & Country is offered in Touring, Touring-L and Limited trims. Most of the features offered as options on the Dodge are standard on the Chrysler, including power windows for front and side doors; power locks and mirrors; power side doors, tailgate and pedals; automatic headlights; garage door opener; a 115-volt outlet; Stow 'N Go; and a power driver seat. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. A safety option package includes parking sensors, rearview camera, and blind-spot monitors. Options include a sunroof; leather seats; a navigation system; BackseatTV; a DVD entertainment system; and pushbutton start. 

Given its closeness to the new Grand Caravan, our editors are leaving those driving impressions with the high-volume Dodge. For more information, steer over to TheCarConnection's 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan page--and for a more in-depth look at this minivan, see FamilyCarGuide's first drive of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country.
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May 9, 2016
2012 Chrysler Town & Country 4-Door Wagon Touring-L

Cheap made

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The low price of this vehicle is the selling. But this is due to the cheap quality. My drivers seat started cracking at about 45K miles. I purchased the interior protection plan and the dealership refused to... + More »
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February 26, 2015
For 2012 Chrysler Town & Country

I would never buy again.

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We had to replace all brakes with less than 40000 miles, the air condition does not work at 40000 miles and is not covered even though we had taken it in with the warranty still good. (long story)They say our... + More »
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January 19, 2017
2014 Chrysler Town & Country 4-Door Wagon Touring

Prone to engine failure

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Good van over all, but the Pentastar V6 found in 2010 to new is junk. The cylinder heads are prone to fail. Chrysler is aware of the problem, but refuses to recall. They take each fix case by case so they can... + More »
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October 20, 2015
For 2014 Chrysler Town & Country

engine trans problems

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engine misses at times when cruising rough shifting at times. dealer replaced oil pressure sensor. Has to go back as the problem is now worse. Occurrs more often. Idiot light does not come on on when engine... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2014 Chrysler Town & Country 4-Door Wagon Touring-L 30th Anniversary

Love this van. Best Luxury car we ever owned.

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Great comfortable seats with so much room everywhere! This is a really well developed and perfected machine! Everything works just like you would want it to. The warning sound when you are backing up and... + More »
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April 20, 2015
For 2014 Chrysler Town & Country

Great van, easy to drive. Great for the Grandkids.

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Does all we expect of it and then some. Comfortable, easy to drive. Easy to make more room by folding seats. Stable on the road. Reliable Plenty of power.
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April 28, 2015
2013 Chrysler Town & Country 4-Door Wagon Touring-L

Good, comfortable, family / utility vehicle

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I have been driving Chrysler Corporation built mini vans since 1984. Plymouth, Dodge, and now Chrysler. I have seen them morph and change with various corporate (Daimler Benz,etc) owners. They get you where... + More »
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January 8, 2017
2011 Chrysler Town & Country 4-Door Wagon Touring-L

Full of rattles that never could be repaired by either Chrysler or 2 different dealers was told to accept it was "Caravan" noise

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-4th Van. This one and my previous one as well as rental vans when travelling for business had the same rear noise - like a thumping noise. I love this vehicle and have just had to accept the noise as the 2... + More »
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April 13, 2015
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Amazing mini-van

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Spacious, powerful, comfortable, reliable, and easy to drive. Perfect for hauling grandkids.
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July 9, 2016
2006 Chrysler Town & Country Base

Be careful

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Have had to have major repair 4 of the 6 years we've owned this including head gasket replacement and engine replacement a year later.
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