2001 Town & Country New Car Test Drive
Chrysler's Town & Country is all-new for 2001. Working from the proverbial clean sheet of paper, DaimlerChrysler's engineers designed its fourth-generation line of minivans from the inside out. As a result, the Town & Country is roomy and comfortable. The interior is versatile with seats that fold and remove. Powerful V6 engines deliver crisp performance. The ride is smooth and quiet. And it's wrapped in an attractive design.
In terms of refinement, power, handling, and braking, the Town & Country once again ranks among the best minivans on the market.
Town & Country is available in three trim levels: LX, LXi and Limited. Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are available for each trim level. All are built on a long wheelbase, making these among the biggest minivans on the market.
LX and LXi models come with a 3.3-liter overhead-valve V6 that produces 180 horsepower. The Limited gets a more powerful 3.8-liter overhead-valve V6 that generates 215 horsepower. Mid-year models will offer a brand-new 3.5-liter single overhead-cam engine that delivers 230 horsepower, all the makings for one mighty minivan.
Prices range from $24,430 for the LX FWD to $37,175 for the loaded leather Limited AWD. Chrysler's Town & Country Limited is a luxury vehicle that happens to be a minivan.
In between these two levels are LXi and well-optioned LX models to fill varying needs and price ranges. The $29,175 LXi comes with popular and useful convenience features: front and rear air conditioning with three-zone automatic temperature control, an air filtration system, dual power sliding doors, garage door opener, electroluminescent instrument panel, map and courtesy lights, AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with Infinity speakers, eight-way power driver's seat, split fold-down rear bench, and 16-inch tires.
Side-impact airbags are standard on the Limited, optional on LX and LXi.
In addition to the Town & Country line, Chrysler also markets the Voyager; Voyager is a standard-wheelbase minivan that starts at $19,160 (see NewCarTestDrive.com's review of the Voyager).