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
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.8 42.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
24.4 24.4 25.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.8 64.8 67.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.10 11.9 x 1.1 11.4 x 1.1
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 20.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
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
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
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
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
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.13 4.12 2.37-0.43
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan Nissan Quest
Body Style
4 Door Passenger Van 4 Door Minivan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1 9.1 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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