Compare 2012 Chrysler Town & Country vs 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan vs 2012 Nissan Quest

2012 Chrysler Town & Country
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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
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2012 Nissan Quest
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4-Door Wgn Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Town & Country 4-Door Wgn Limited 17 25 $37,674 $39,650
Town & Country 4-Door Wgn Touring 17 25 $28,790 $29,995
Town & Country 4-Door Wgn Touring-L 17 25 $31,688 $33,145
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4-Door Wgn American Value Pkg
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Caravan 4-Door Wgn American Value Pkg 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
Grand Caravan 4-Door Wgn Crew 17 25 $27,290 $28,495
Grand Caravan 4-Door Wgn R/T 17 25 $28,670 $29,995
Grand Caravan 4-Door Wgn SE 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
Grand Caravan 4-Door Wgn SXT 17 25 $25,450 $26,495
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4-Door LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Quest 4-Door LE 19 24 $38,774 $42,350
Quest 4-Door S 19 24 $24,222 $25,990
Quest 4-Door SL 19 24 $31,776 $34,500
Quest 4-Door SV 19 24 $28,604 $31,050

Pricing

Invoice Price

$37,674
$20,810
$38,774

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$39,650
$20,995
$42,350

Monthly Payment Estimate

$661 / month
$350 / month
$706 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
7.8
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

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. With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels. It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 17 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 25 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

2WD Minivan 2WD Minivan 2WD Minivans

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

64.8 65.0 66.0

Front Shoulder Room (in)

63.0 63.7 64.5

Passenger Volume (ft³)

156.1 163.5 177.8

Third Leg Room (in)

31.8 32.7 40.5

Second Head Room (in)

39.7 39.3 41.6

Third Hip Room (in)

48.7 48.7 49.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

64.7 64.1 63.2

Front Leg Room (in)

40.6 40.7 43.8

Passenger Capacity

7 7 7

Third Head Room (in)

37.9 37.9 40.0

Front Hip Room (in)

57.6 58.4 57.3

Third Shoulder Room (in)

62.0 62.0 61.2

Second Leg Room (in)

36.3 36.5 36.7

Front Head Room (in)

39.8 39.8 42.1

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in)

121.2 121.2 118.1

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

76.9 78.7 77.6

Track Width, Front (in)

65.5 65.6 67.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.1 5.6 6.6

Length, Overall (in)

202.5 202.8 200.8

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Height, Overall (in)

68.9 67.9 73.0

Liftover Height (in)

24.4 24.4 25.0

Track Width, Rear (in)

64.8 64.8 67.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

83.7 83.3 63.6

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 47.7

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

46.2 46.2 NA

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 143.8

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

140.1 143.8 108.4

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 20.2

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

32.3 33.0 25.7

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

49.0 49.0 47.7

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.0 x 0.47 12.0 x 0.5 12.1 x 0.6

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.9 x 1.10 11.9 x 1.1 11.4 x 1.1

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

20.0 20.0 20.0

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.9 14.3 18.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

39.1 39.1 36.7

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.14 2.9 3.6

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

TRZ TX4 NA

Front Tire Size

P225/65R17 P235/60R16 P235/55R18

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact T135/90D16

Front Tire Order Code

TRZ TX4 NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA TBK NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/65R17 P235/60R16 P235/55R18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD - 350

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - 525

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD - 3500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - 3500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4621 4510 4548

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5 18 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

16.3 10.3 10.4

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

600 700 550

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

160 160 130

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

260 @ 4300 260 @ 4400 240 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

ERB ERB NA

Displacement

3.6L/- TBD - 3.6L/220 3.5L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

283 @ 6350 283 @ 6400 260 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 25 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 17 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 20 21

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.28 2.28 NA

Trans Type

6 6 1

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.21 3.21 1.76

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.84 2.84 NA

Trans Order Code

DG2 DG2 NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.16 3.16 4.88

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45-1.57 1.45/1.57 NA

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Continuously variable ratio

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.69 0.69 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.13 4.12 2.37-0.43

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan Nissan Quest

Body Style

4 Door Passenger Van 4 Door Minivan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 0.98

Suspension Type - Rear

Independent Twist-beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA - TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 4 4

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.1 9.1 8.7

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

-

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

-

Overall Side Crash Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating Driver

-

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

-

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

-

Rollover Rating

-

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