2012 Chrysler Town & Country vs. Its Competition

2012 Chrysler Town & Country
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The big four minivans in terms of sales have a monopoly on safety ratings, and if you're looking at the Town & Country, safety has to be at the top of your shopping list.

Of course, you'll also look at the Dodge Grand Caravan, which differs mostly in the details.

The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are also IIHS Top Safety Picks, with the Odyssey's steering and interior space balanced out by its expensive option packages--Bluetooth and a six-speed automatic are only offered on the most expensive versions--and the Sienna's frugal four-cylinder and six-cylinder drivetrains tempered by its high sticker price and less flexible seating package.

If you're fine without Stow 'N Go seating and sliding side doors, take a look at the best non-minivan in the seven-seat game--Ford's Flex, a boxy, charming people hauler with the most advanced infotainment system available.

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Quick Specs
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.
One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivan
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg4-Door SE FWD5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorPassenger Van4 Door4 Door5 Door Reg WB
Detailed Spec Comparison
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