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CAR OF THE MONTH May 2010

2010 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Review

Fun for the Whole Family

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country

In short: A spacious and utilitarian family van.

With a roomy interior capable of seating seven comfortably and a cargo capacity only slightly less than that of a freight tanker, this mighty minivan is doing its best to prove its relevance in a market saturated with SUVs and crossovers and all things un-van-like—and it's working. The Town & Country's intelligent design, which incorporates fold-flat second- and third-row seats and floor storage bins for maximum utility, is sure to be a boon for busy parents, while kids will certainly get a kick out of the available dual-screen DVD entertainment system.

A view of the cockpit of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country

The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country's Swivel n' Go seat system

This family-friendly approach also carries over into the Town & Country's emphasis upon safety. Featuring standard side curtain airbags in all rows and optional blind spot and cross path detection systems, the Town & Country is not only designed to protect you in case of an accident, but to actively prevent the occurrence of such an event. Other standard safety features such as a rearview camera and automatic high-intensity discharge headlamps will also help ease the minds of anxious moms. While the Town & Country may not offer the sleek looks or off-road abilities of its sports utility and crossover cousins, it is likely to remain a favorite among families due to its utility, dependability and excellent value.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; unlimited year/unlimited mile drivetrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $35,060 / As tested: $42,030

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door minivan

Engine: 4.0-liter V6 SOHC engine
Horsepower: 251 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 259 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,621 lbs
Wheelbase: 121.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 202.5/76.9/68.9 in
Turning circle: 39.1 ft

Brakes:
4 disc brakes including including ventilated discs; brake assist system; ABS with electronic brake distribution
Suspension: strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs; beam rear suspension rigid with coil springs

Traction: electronic traction control via ABS and engine management; stability control

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Safety:
driver front airbag with multi-stage deployment; passenger front airbag with multi-stage deployment and occupant sensors; three-row side curtain airbags

Likes: proven record; spacious, somewhat luxurious design

 

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