2000 Town & Country New Car Test Drive
Chrysler invented the minivan in the early 1980s. Ten years later, it invented the luxury minivan, the Town & Country. As we begin the new millennium, the Town & Country continues to set the pace for the minivan pack, whether we're talking about styling, comfort, spaciousness or ride quality.
In fact, the Chrysler Town & Country's refinements and amenities are so plentiful that it can square off with many luxury sedans. And that includes ride quality, because the Town & Country purrs along like a sedan.
Chrysler offers varying minivan configurations to suit different types of buyers. Until this year, Chrysler has always given buyers a choice among three nameplates -- Chrysler Town & Country, Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. But the Plymouth nameplate has been retired, so the Voyager lives on as the Chrysler Voyager.
New colors for 2000 are bright white, bright silver, patriot blue, inferno red and shale green.
Chrysler's Town & Country and Voyager and the Dodge Caravan come in many different trim levels. Voyager and Caravan are available in both long- and short-wheelbase versions. Town & Country is based on the long-wheelbase chassis. (For 2000, Chrysler has dropped the short-wheelbase SX from their Town & Country stable.)
Town & Country is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It comes standard with a long list of luxury features. The Limited edition offers even more high-end comforts: leather seats with suede accents, a rear bench seat with center armrests and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Three Town & Country editions are available for 2000: LX, LXi and Limited. Now that the LX is the entry-level model, the trim-level distinctions between the LX and LXi are greater than in years past. Retail prices for front-wheel-drive (FWD) models: LX ($26,360), LXi ($28,415), Limited ($34,265). Retail prices for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) models: LX ($29,525), LXi ($31,590), Limited ($36,640).
Our Limited came equipped with two options: a $125 seven-passenger seat-configuration option that includes center-row quad seats and a child seat, and the ashtray and lighter for another $20. Adding in the $590 destination charge brings the price up to $35,000.