Review: 2011 Chrysler Town Country

Posted on 24. Nov, 2010 by in Auto News

See: the 37-thousand-dollar minivan. Set only to roll in perspective, I'll check out the other whips you could (yo) for that kind of money list: Infiniti G37. Audi A4. BMW 328i. These are "entry-luxury" cars, and they cost "entry-luxury" money. You can buy two basic Japanese sedans for that kind of scratch.

We are all rich on the Internet, and we all pay cash for everything, and we all make our nose smaller sums such as $ 37,000, is not it? In the real world, but it's real money. Figure 7-50 per month in the typical five-year financing deal. It's hard to believe that the typical family has the opportunity to make a payment in this economy.

Chrysler says that the Town & Country is now "live" in the $ 30K-and-up price range. No more budget minivans. If you want one of those, you go to your Dodge dealer. The product, they say, justifies the price. Let's find out whether they are correct.

Many of the press testers on hand for the Town & Country Napa Valley launch event were shiny black, and it's easy to see why. If it really is such a thing as "Premium Minivan", a black-chrome Chrysler is likely. The exterior has been revised with a strong dose of automotive jewelry, from the intricate headlights on the matte-finish silver-wing logo adorning the tailgate. There are more visual distance between the T & C and its Caravan siblings than ever before, and both models will benefit as a result. If anything, it is the superior treatment to successful parents might worried about what the van as a few kid-related dents and scratches look.

Inside, there's that must-have accessory for the new decade: the one-piece instrument panel cover. It was not until I rode back to the airport in a 2009-model T & C that I realized how much better is the new interior. It focused driver, it is personal, it is surprisingly intimate in dark colors, and it is far nobler than, say, the Playskool button Sienna will ever be. The former Van der "Stow-n-Go" seating was for a fair amount of (justified) criticism, we now have "Super Stow-n-Go", which is much closer to a full-sized seat. A "private jet" captain's chair arrangement is also available, and if you absolutely the occasional availability of a flat loading area, I recommend you select.

The new instruments, HVAC, and the choice of sound systems are all much better than before … and yes, they have an upscale look. Still runs the "uConnect" system a. Distant second to Ford SYNC, not to mention the MyFordTouch, but if your current frame of reference, the navigation system in a Sienna or Odyssey, you are probably thinking you accidentally aboard the Battlestar is Galactica The ventilation openings with chrome rollers are controlled with rubber inlays, the keys are all working with a definitive "click", and metal-look interior design are made of real metal.

A brief conversation with the interior design team provided some insight into the hyper-worked improvement for 2011. They know that Chrysler had some crap materials in their cars. She did not like more than you. They were working with Daimler's accountant and forced to cut every possible penny out of their cars. Cerberus freed them from the yoke and now we see the open impressive results. It is a terribly facile explanation, but I'm willing to believe.

Fate blessed me with an extraordinary "media" for this event, a man named Jeff Yip, who apparently born without fear and who was as interested as I was the dynamic capabilities in this minivan. The data offered promise: the trio of disappointing V-6 engines from the last year was banned and now the impressive Pentastar winds through a six-speed automatic. It is possible to manipulate the side-to-side manual-shift function with the fingers of the right hand while the hand on the wheel – very WRC, if you ask me. A few years ago, Grassroots Motorsports showed that keep a Honda Odyssey could. an E-Type Jag an autocross course What could the Upscaling Minivan do?

Even though I'm a little hampered by peeling, was on the side of the road, wait until some angry-faced journosaur squeaked by in a V-6 Chrysler 200, counting to 60 and then always be to hunt in the van, we quickly from our fellow writers were on their "fast road drives" tired. Fortunately we found a spinner in an old 528e, was completely with a bungee corded animal cage in the trunk, and this guy thereon. He drove a near perfect racing line in each corner, and often leave the corner with some slip angle at the rear, running in the triple digits on the line.

The big Chrysler could have killed him in a straight line – that's a more than acceptable van quickly – so we hung back and instead worked the corners. How pleasant to find that the brakes were mostly up to snuff, the transmission shifted smoothly under manual control, and that the steering was absolutely fine. Like I remember a color Crows many years ago about the fact that the C4 Corvette could more than double the recommended corner speeds on back roads … well, now you can do it in a seven-passenger breadbox. There is no pitching or rolling, nausea, just a buttoned-down suspension with better rebound control lead as many Audis. Very few drivers – and I mean very few – really want to go faster on a winding road, as the T & C can take. I am considering one. With the infamous "Tail of the Dragon" and forced me over the wave sport bikers

Of course, 99 percent of Chrysler customers will not matter how fast it can chew this minivan a road back, and many of them are not even particularly interested in a piece dashboards or sound system "theater imaging". Price, reliability, resale value and ability are the true benchmarks in this segment, and although the T & C stands in the fourth category, the first three are up for debate. I'll leave the heavy lifting statistical Mr. Karesh, but my impromptu analysis is that the T & C, we say Premium Pricing to the market leading Odyssey and Sienna compared. The Chrysler people freely admit that there is not much room in this revised transporter for incentives. They hope that the market will pay more money for a better van. I do not know if they are right, but to misquote the famous van driver Ernest Hemingway, it is surely right to think so.