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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts, four stars, anti-rollover
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
Safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system
The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country gets high ratings for safety, and this year's addition of active head restraints on all models for the driver and passenger should only see things improve.
The Town & Country excels in both government and independent crash tests, earning the highest possible scores from both NHTSA and the IIHS in several categories. 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 of "good" in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. It’s not all top marks, though, as the IIHS gives the Town & Country a "marginal" rating in its seat-based rear-impact test—despite the fact that all rows feature side-curtain airbags.
Safety features include both Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path systems, which help ease the stress of navigating crowded parking lots and cluttered driveways. SmartBeam headlamps have also been supplied for the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country, and they automatically switch from high to low beam when the system detects an oncoming vehicle.
In a nod toward the available safety gear on the 2010 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 an] 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. Edmunds says that the Rear Cross Path system "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." Chrysler also observes that a new feature for 2010 is that the rear obstacle detection display is located in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center.
With glowing crash-test results and a number of high-tech features to help drivers figure out what’s behind the car, the fact remains that it can be difficult to see out of the rear view in the Town & Country. ConsumerGuide observes 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 the back.
The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country posts great, but not perfect, safety scores, along with all the equipment that families expect.