2013 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 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.

With no changes to its class-leading flexibility or to its powertrain, the Chrysler Town & Country is back for the 2013 model year with some new features and options that also keep it in the hunt for the title of most entertaining minivan.

Redesigned in 2011 with a new interior, and revamped under its skin with a new V-6 drivetrain and a revised suspension, the Town & Country is the companion piece to the Dodge Grand Caravan. In the current Chrysler schema, the Town & Country is the premium offering--so while the Dodge van has a special edition priced below $20,000, the Chrysler minivan starts at about $30,000, in the search for the same upscale buyers that regularly put their money down on the competitive Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey family haulers.

There's not so much visual space between the Dodge and Chrysler vans from the sides or rear, but in front, the Town & Country makes its pitch for discerning buyers with a winged logo and a discreet grille. It's still a square-jawed, upright vehicle, but the slightly softer look plays well (and relates it even more closely to the badge-engineered Volkswagen Routan). The Town & Country also has LED taillamps to distinguish it from the Grand Caravan. The cabin has more striking differences from its companion models: the instruments are ringed in chrome, and so are the major controls, and the overwhelming plasticky touches of the pre-2011 minivan have been completely excised. It's a rich look, punctuated by the analog clock that's meant to ape the shape of the grille.

The Town & Country's drivetrain mirrors the one in the Grand Caravan. It's a 283-horsepower V-6, coupled to a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. (Among minivans, only the Toyota Sienna still offers all-wheel drive). The powertrain is fine for toting a full family around from mall to mall, and the steering responds a bit more quickly than before. Ride and handling are oriented around safety and security: it's 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 hasn't lost ground in adopting more horsepower.

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. In its current edition, all Chrysler minivans have earned 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; leather seats; 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; a navigation system; in-car wireless internet; a DVD entertainment system; and pushbutton start. 

New for the 2013 model year are a Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system, which Chrysler claims is an industry-first; it also features an HDMI input and twin USB ports for gaming and charging. Trailer-sway control has been integrated into the stability control system.

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 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan page.
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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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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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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 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
For 2011 Chrysler Town & Country

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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