Lots of standard luxuries; responsive steering and handling; handy 1-touch folding seats; good value relative to other fancy minivans
Less spacious than primary competitors; flat third-row seats; mechanically identical Dodge Grand Caravan is far cheaper; optional touchscreen is becoming dated
The Town & Country is unchanged for the 2014 model year.
The available second-row captain's chairs are very nice, but we'd rather pick up an entry-level Touring for its $30,000-ish base price. Did you see all those standard features? It's a lot of minivan for the money, even with the much cheaper Grand Caravan likely right next door on the dealer lot. If your kids want to pretend they're secret agents every time they get in and out, however, the S model is the one to get.
The 2014 Chrysler Town & Country is offered in four trim levels -- Touring, Touring L, Limited and S.
Even the base Touring ($31,500) is chock-full of niceties, including 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, 3-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, first- and second-row leather upholstery (cloth is a no-cost option), fold-flat rear seats, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 6-speaker audio system and a 6.5-in touchscreen interface with a rearview camera, USB/Bluetooth connectivity and 30 gigabytes of digital music storage. Adding navigation for $895 also includes a backup camera.
The sporty Town & Country S ($33,000) features sporty body accents such as darkened headlamp bezels, black chrome grille, 17-in polished alloy wheels with painted pockets and more. The S model's interior is rendered in all-black with Torino leather seats with the letter S embroidered on the seat backs, as well as contrast stitching, piano-black trim and a black headliner. It comes with a performance suspension. It is available only in black, white, dark red or dark silver exterior colors.
The Touring L ($35,000) receives standard rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlamps, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-path detection, second- and third-row window shades and eligibility for a variety of upgrades, including extra-luxurious second-row captain's chairs, dual rear entertainment screens and a power-folding third-row seat with power recline.
The Limited ($42,000) has polished wheels, HID headlamps, leather-and-suede upholstery, a Blu-Ray DVD player with dual 9-in screens, knickknacks such as keyless entry with push-button ignition, a leather-and-wood steering wheel, navigation and an exclusive 9-speaker, 506-watt audio system.
Note that many of the fancier models' features are optional on lesser T&C models.
Honda Odyssey -- The Honda Odyssey boasts an impressive technology suite and comfy accommodations, but its dull dynamics and odd styling are question marks. Few minivans, however, offer the sort of interior flexibility and ergonomic usefulness that characterize the Odyssey.
Nissan Quest -- Based on a Japanese-market van, the Nissan Quest is taller and narrower than the rest, but it also has the nicest interior design, delightful seats and an eager V6. Too bad about its droning continuously variable transmission and high load floor.
Toyota Sienna -- The Sienna is huge inside but rather devoid of character compared to the Town & Country. It also offers a novel split-screen entertainment system that allows two kids to do their own thing simultaneously.