2015 Town & Country New Car Test Drive
The Chrysler Town & Country is a great vehicle for families that need to haul people and cargo on a regular basis. For maximum passenger and cargo space, a minivan is hard to beat, and Town & Country's seating options are among the best in the class. And its controlled handling makes for a nice driving experience. Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan sales account for nearly half of total minivan sales.
For 2015, Chrysler Town & Country gets two new trim levels: The 2015 Town & Country LX features leather-trimmed seats, Stow ‘n Go seating and rear backup camera, while the 2015 Town & Country Limited Platinum tops the model line with Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats front and second-row, power sunroof, dual-screen Blu-Ray video system, and a SafetyTec package. A total of six 2015 Chrysler Town & Country trim levels are offered.
There are no other major changes for 2015. The last complete redesign of Chrysler's minivans was for the 2008 model year. Ever since the interior revisions made for 2011, the Town & Country look is more elegant, interior materials are richer, the gauges look better, and soft-touch door tops are used.
Town & Country comes with one engine: a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 283 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg City/Highway, right on par for this category, which includes Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
Today's Town & Country sits lower than it did a few years back, and its suspension is stiffer, to make it more controlled. The ride is quite smooth, with no evidence of wallow or float. The Town & Country S furthers this road-behavior characteristic with its sports suspension.
The Stow ‘n Go seats tuck nicely into the floor, and when they're up, the floor bins offer extra storage space. The rear seats fold into a well behind them, allowing a perfectly flat, voluminous rear storage area. With the third-row seats up, the storage well provides space for groceries and other small cargo.
Entertainment choices include rear-seat TV, DVD or DVD/Blu-Ray players, a powerful stereo, and iPod connectivity. While the dashboard is mostly plastic, so are those in most minivan rivals.
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country comes in six models: LX, Touring, Touring L, S, Limited, and Limited Platinum. All use a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine that drives the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Town & Country LX ($29,995) comes with leather-trimmed seats, Stow ‘n Go seating, power sliding doors, a power liftgate, rearview camera, power folding heated mirrors, rear wiper/washer, three-zone manual air conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/HDD radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen and 30-gigabyte hard drive, SiriusXM satellite radio with 12-month subscription, a 115-volt outlet, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Town & Country Touring ($31,065) is well equipped, including leather-trimmed upholstery; air conditioning with three-zone automatic climate control and an interior air filter; cruise control; a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; Stow ‘n Go second-row bucket seats with underfloor storage; split-folding third-row seat; power-sliding side doors; power locks and windows; power heated mirrors; remote keyless entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rearview backup camera; 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 stereo; SiriusXM satellite radio with 12-month subscription; auxiliary audio input jack; 6.5-inch touch screen; 30-gigabyte hard drive with music storage; power rear-quarter windows; universal garage door opener; 115-volt outlet; roof rack with stow-in-place crossbars; power rear liftgate; foglights; automatic headlights; and P225/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.
Town & Country S ($33,295) includes heavy-duty all-disc brakes, a sport performance suspension, black chromed grille, automatic headlights, black leather seats with cloth inserts, and 225/65R17 tires on polished aluminum wheels with black pockets.
Town & Country Touring L ($34,865) adds a power front passenger seat, remote starting, second- and third-row manual sunshades, power folding exterior mirrors, auto-dimming driver's side mirror with in-glass turn signals, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, parking assist, security alarm, and rain-sensing wipers.
Town & Country Limited ($37,595) features leather-trimmed seats; a navigation system; keyless access and starting; heated front and second-row seats; heated steering wheel; and a folding third-row seat with power recline.
Town & Country Limited Platinum ($39,995) is the new loaded model, featuring such extras as a sunroof, high-intensity-discharge headlights, 9-speaker audio with subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier, power-adjustable pedals with memory, memory driver's mirror, and Nappa leather seat upholstery with suede inserts.
Option packages include a Trailer Tow Group ($995) with heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling, load-leveling rear suspension, and a trailer wiring harness; Dual DVD/Blu-Ray Entertainment Package ($995) with a second-row 9-inch DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment screen, USB port, 115-volt outlet and wireless headphones; and Media Center 430N ($995) with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link, a 40GB hard disc drive, CD/DVD/HDD/NAV radio, and 6.5-inch touch screen. A Driver Convenience Group ($595) for Touring and S models includes heated first- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, Uconnect voice command, and remote proximity keyless entry. A SafetyTec Package for Touring and S ($1,695) includes rear park assist, rain-sensitive wipers, automatic high-beam control, a tire-pressure display, and Blind-Spot/Rear Cross Path detection. Standalone options include a sunroof for Touring L ($995), second-row bucket seats ($320), load-leveling rear suspension ($290), Uconnect Web ($650), and second- and third-row sunshades ($100).
Safety equipment includes dual-stage front airbags, head-protecting curtain side airbags, front side airbags, active front head restraints, ABS with brake assist, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, traction control, a rearview camera, and electronic stability control. Also available are rear park assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path detection.