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2000 Chrysler Town & Country Van

4dr LXi AWD

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2000 Chrysler Town & Country

Source: New Car Test Drive

by Kevin Ransom

Luxury-sedan comfort in a spacious minivan.

Base Price $26,360
As Tested $35,000

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.

Model Lineup

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.

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A 3.3-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine, which can use gasoline or ethanol, is standard on the LX and LXi-except in California, New York, Massachusetts or Vermont, where it is not available. A 3.8-liter V6 is optional on the LXi front-wheel-drive model, standard on the LXi all-wheel drive edition, and standard on the Limited. The four-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and all-wheel drive is optional on the LX, LXi and Limited.

The Town & Country rides on a 119.3-inch wheelbase, and is 199.7 inches long. The LX and LXi weigh in at 4,045 pounds, while Limited tips the scales at 4,189 pounds. All-wheel drive adds another 300 pounds.

The Limited's sporty visage is, at once, elegant and slightly imposing. A steeply raked windshield blends into the sloping hood, finished with a sweeping grille and winged Chrysler badge. Rounded corners, sculpted body panels and understated side moldings add to the its imposing look, particularly in dark colors.

The Limited comes with a high level of standard equipment: anti-lock brakes, traction control, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and door locks, cruise control, heated power eight-way front seats with memory, easy-out rear seats with rollers, adjustable driver's-seat lumbar support, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, overhead console trip computer, power garage door opener, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, rearview mirror with automatic day-night feature, AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo with equalizer, extra sound insulation and 16-inch cast aluminum wheels.

Side-door beams and dual airbags are standard and the driver gets a Next-generation airbag designed to deploy less forcefully in an accident. An accident response system unlocks the doors and turns on the interior lights whenever an airbag deploys.

Interior Features

We can't say enough about how much we love the sliding doors on both sides of the Town & Country. They improve access considerably. The two-sided access means you don't have to walk around to the passenger side to fetch an impatient toddler. Heated leather front seats (standard on the Limited and optional on the LXi) are a big plus in Michigan and other chilly regions.

For hauling smaller loads, the seat backs can be folded down yielding enough room for the proverbial sheet of plywood. For bigger loads, the back seats can be removed, and the center-row bucket seats can be quickly unlatched and pulled through the sliding side doors. A firm yank on a lever pops the third-row bench seat up onto a set of wheels, allowing it to be rolled backwards and removed via the tailgate. However, you'll need another person to do so, because they are not light.

The front seats are plush and comfy, and provide a panoramic view of the road ahead. There's copious headroom and legroom, whether you're in the front seats or the second-row seats. Getting into the back seats is easy, and those seats are quite comfy. The rear bench can seat two adults or three children.

The Town & Country is one of the most spacious minivans on the market, with 163.4 cubic feet of cargo space. By comparison, GM's extended minivan family, the Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Montana, offer just 156 cubic feet. The Honda Odyssey, which made headlines for its size, offers just 141.1 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The Town & Country feels firmly planted in corners and stable at high speeds. Chrysler tuned the suspension to ride like a sedan. Its rigid chassis makes it feel solid, an important benefit in a taller vehicle, whether it's a minivan or a sport-utility.

The Town & Country's rack & pinion power steering impressed us with its responsiveness in quick lane-change maneuvers. The road-noise issue--long a problem with all minivans--was abated when Chrysler redesigned the Town & Country in 1996. So the Town & Country delivers a ride that's more serene than most minivans. And it rivals many sedans when it comes to interior quietude.

Our Limited test model was powered by the 3.8-liter V6, which produces180 horsepower at 4400 rpm and 240 foot-pounds of torque at 3200 rpm. The 3.8-liter engine, the brawniest one offered in Chrysler's minivan stable, is absolutely our favorite. The smaller 3.3-liter engine, which puts out 158 horsepower and 203 foot pounds of torque, certainly provides enough boost for the short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Voyager, but we recommend the 3.8-liter engine for the longer, heavier Town & Country models.

The 3.8-liter engine packs more than enough thrust when accelerating from a dead stop. The extra horses were definitely appreciated in freeway merging and passing situations. Brakes are a special concern on larger vehicles because you may be carrying a heavier load and some very important passengers. The Town & Country addresses those concerns by coming to an assured, firm stop, with no grabbing or fading.

Final Word

If roominess and practicality are your chief concerns, there is a dizzying array of minivans available. But the Chrysler Town & Country answers the call for those who see no reason why roominess and practicality can't come with comfort and luxury.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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Alarm Opt
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Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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