2013 Chrysler Town & Country vs. Its Competition

2013 Chrysler Town & Country
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Minivans cater to specific needs, but some perform better than others in important ways.

The Chrysler Town & Country leads with its reconfigurable interior, its high-tech safety and infotainment features, and in its excellent safety scores--but so does the Dodge Grand Caravan, which offers almost everything you'll find in the Chrysler, at a lower price.

The VW Routan is related to the Chryslers, but it doesn't have the cutting-edge features or the fold-away second-row seat, putting it at a disadvantage.

Both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have great crash-test scores and big-screen DVD entertainment systems, but they tend to be as expensive or more than the Chryslers--especially now that the four-cylinder Sienna has gone away.

Neither has a fold-away second-row seat, either, though the Sienna has lounge-like second-row chairs.

The Odyssey, meanwhile, has the best gas mileage ratings in the class, though only on its most expensive, six-speed-automatic versions.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
A thoughtful interior, innovative seating, and excellent handling make the 2013 Honda Odyssey a standout among minivans--although it is the priciest of them all.
Road manners are good--but when it comes to core minivan duties like seating and safety, the 2013 Nissan Quest falls behind every other minivan on the market.
The Toyota Sienna has excellent power, safety, and seating, and only narrowly misses the class benchmarks in flexibility and gas mileage.
Top safety scores and spaciousness are in place, even if the VW Routan doesn't have all the same utility and tech options of the related Chrysler minivans.
MSRP From     
$30,620$19,995$28,675$25,990$26,585Coming Soon
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg5-Door LX4-Door S5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)4-Door Wagon S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger VanPassenger VanPassenger Van4 Door MinivanMinivanMinivan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
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