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Chrysler Town & Country

An old way to transport kids, a new way to entertain them.

A minivan’s raison d’être isn’t to challenge and entertain a driver. Simply put, minivans move people. Lots of people. Those people are likely to grow bored and restless over long trips. Therefore, the objective is to keep passengers — not the driver — entertained. The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country offers a few new ways to keep those seated aft of the front rows — as many as five, per Chrysler’s count — distracted and of the driver’s nerves. A rear-seat video package isn’t exactly an industry first, but Chrysler is one of the few manufacturers to offer a Blu-ray Disc player, along with higher-resolution video screens for the second and third rows. If crystal-clear movies aren’t enough, an HDMI input allows for simplified high-def hookups of video game systems, cameras, and other peripherals. Should those devices need to be recharged, the Town & Country now offers two USB charging ports, accessible to any and all rear-seat passengers. Fortunately, the driver isn’t completely forgotten: the Town & Country’s 2011 makeover brought in a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and revised suspension tuning, which feels more European than floaty. We’d love to see Chrysler expand the use of upscale materials within and reduce ambient road noise, but by and large, the Town & Country is more of a premium minivan than ever before.

COMPETITORS

Honda Odyssey

Kia Sedona

Nissan Quest

Toyota Sienna

new for 2013

A high-definition video package, complete with a Blu-ray disc player, is available on Touring L and Limited trims. A pair of rear-seat USB charging ports are standard across the range. A new trailer-sway damping system, which utilizes the ABS system to stabilize a trailer in tow, is standard, and the trailer tow prep package — it adds heavy-duty cooling systems and load-leveling suspension — remains an option.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, driver’s-side knee, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a reverse camera are standard. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-path detection, and rear park sensors are optional on the Touring models and standard on the Touring-L and Limited.

MPG

CITY 17

HWY 25

PRO

Attractive, upscale cabin

V-6 offers plenty of power

Flexible seating options

CON

Minivan stigma

Considerable road noise

Lacks polish of competitors

Base price range: $30,830–$39,830

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Touring, Touring-L, Limited

BODY STYLE: Minivan, 7-passenger

ENGINE: 3.6L V-6, 283 hp, 260 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 163.5 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: (behind third/middle/front seats) 33.0/83.3/143.8 cu ft

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