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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Good, frontal offset impact; Good, side impact
Safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system
Perhaps the single biggest selling point for a family-oriented vehicle is overall safety, and in this category the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country is a true standout. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably mention the long list of standard and optional safety features on the Chrysler Town & Country, as well as its perfect crash-test scores.
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country excels in both government and independent crash tests, earning the highest possible scores from both NHTSA and the IIHS. In NHTSA tests, the Chrysler Town & Country scores five stars in both frontal impact categories, as well as five-star ratings in the two side impact categories. IIHS results are just as promising, with the Chrysler Town & Country earning the highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. About the only thing that the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country doesn't earn from these two institutions is an IIHS Top Safety Pick award.
In a nod toward the available safety gear on the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country, USA Today reports that the "vans rightly have the array of bags and electronic nannies you associate with safety for your loved ones." ConsumerGuide states that "curtain side airbags...cover all seating rows," while "ABS, traction control, [and] antiskid system" are all included on the Chrysler Town & Country. The Chrysler Town & Country can also be equipped with "a sonar ParkSense, which sends an audible alarm when things are behind the van, and the ParkView rearview camera," according to Cars.com. 2009 also witnesses the introduction of a pair of optional safety features, which Edmunds lists as "a blind spot monitoring system and Rear Cross Path. The latter item aids drivers any time the vehicle is in reverse by warning of cross traffic in both directions to prevent your minivan from being T-boned."
The only major safety concern on the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country, according to ConsumerGuide reviewers, is that "the rear view is seriously compromised when both screens of the Dual DVD entertainment system are in use." Otherwise, they report that "visibility is very good in all directions," and the available rearview camera and parking assist systems should mitigate any visibility problems in back.
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country posts great, but not perfect, safety scores, along with all the expected equipment.