2013 Chrysler Town & Country Expert Review

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.1 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.2 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

Until recently, state-of-the-art technology and minivans were about as compatible as oil and water. But, as they say, opposites attract, and the 7-seat 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is full of cutting-edge features, including advanced voice-recognition software, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity and an industry-first Blu-Ray disc player.

You'll Like The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country If...

If you are unwilling to surrender luxury and driving enjoyment in exchange for utility and necessity, choosing the 2013 Town & Country will undoubtedly leave you satisfied with your decision.

You May Not Like The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country If...

Since the Chrysler Town & Country commands the highest starting price in the segment, buyers searching for an affordable minivan without all the bells and whistles should consider the Dodge Grand Caravan or the Toyota Sienna.

What's New

For 2013, the Town & Country now offers a new Blu-Ray disc player with an HDMI port for game consoles, trailer-sway control and a pair of rear-seat USB ports for charging mobile devices.

Interior Features

Chrysler minivans have long been a showcase of innovation, and now the Town & Country offers the refined appearance to match. Soft-touch trim and chrome-trimmed instruments' elegant LED lighting complement standard leather on the first two rows of seats as well as the manually tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Standard power front seats are supportive yet supple, and Chrysler's Stow 'n Go second-row bench remains the industry benchmark, with easy folding and under-floor storage when the seats are in use. The third row can be flipped 90 degrees for tailgate-party seating. It's easy to lose count of the many bins, cubbies and power ports, though a 115-volt household-style outlet is a standout.

Exterior Features

Sparkling chrome with sparks of innovation continue to make the Town & Country shine. Its 2011 makeover added the new wave-form chrome grille and jeweled headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard across the board. All six side windows, the liftgate and both sliding doors are power-operated, with the slider rails concealed between the rear side windows and chrome trim, a styling lesson Honda should learn. The standard roof rack features clever Stow 'n Place crossbars that fold into the side rails when not in use.

Driving Impressions

If you haven't driven a Town & Country since its transformation in 2011, it's worth some time behind the wheel. The revamped suspension provides excellent road manners, with precise steering, minimal body roll and a velvety ride. Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has power in reserve and can move a fully-loaded Limited model without making you wish for a HEMI V8. The engine and transmission work fairly seamlessly, never feeling overburdened or indecisive, and the dash-mounted gear selector is easy to master. Noise levels inside the Town & Country are quiet enough to make conversation easy among all three rows. Faults are hard to find in the 2013 Town & Country, but it's something of a reach to use its touch-screen audio system, and a somewhat-wide turning radius makes it feel less nimble in parking lots, especially when compared to the exceptionally tight-turning Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country runs from just under $31,000 in base form to roughly $43,000 for a fully-loaded Limited trim. When compared to the $21,000 Dodge Grand Caravan or the $26,000 Toyota Sienna, the entry-level Town & Country Touring model seems fairly overpriced, but it comes with considerably more standard equipment. To see what consumers in your area are actually paying for their 2013 Town & Country minivans, be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. On the resale side, we expect the Town & Country to perform slightly better than in years past, but to still lag behind the values currently held by the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and the Nissan Quest.

Notable Equipment

Available in Touring, Touring L or Limited trims, the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country offers the longest list of standard features in its class. Highlights include 8-way power front seats, Stow 'n Go second-row seats, power-sliding side doors, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, leather seating and a 6-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display. The range-topping Limited model elevates the speaker count to nine and adds navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link (real-time weather, sports, stocks, movie listings and fuel prices) and Nappa leather seating materials with suede inserts for first- and second-row seats. With safety weighing heavily on the minds of every parent, Chrysler gave the 2013 Town & Country a full suite of airbags, a standard backup camera with on-screen guides and an available blind-spot monitor with a cross-path alert function to notify the driver of approaching traffic when backing out of a parking space.

Notable Options

Both the Touring and Touring L trims offer a Driver's Convenience package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless access with push-button start and advanced voice recognition for controlling various multimedia and hands-free features. The SafetyTec package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind-spot monitoring, rear sonar proximity sensors to help mitigate vehicle damage during tricky parking maneuvers and smart-beam headlights that automatically switch between the high and low beams depending upon traffic conditions. We were surprised to find a power moonroof on the Limited's list of options, seeing as the near-$41,000 price tag includes more creature comforts than some luxury cars.

Favorite Features

AUDIO/VIDEO OPTIONS

In addition to the comprehensive Uconnect infotainment system up front, Chrysler's flagship minivan offers dual, independent rear video screens that allow second- and third-row passengers to watch two different DVD or Blu-Ray movies, play different video games or even watch the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network Mobile via SiriusXM Backseat TV.


HEATED STEERING WHEEL

A feature offered on no other minivan, this small convenience is greatly appreciated on mornings when the thermometer dips into single digits.

Under the Hood

A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission is the sole drivetrain offered on the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country. The Pentastar is easily Chrysler's most enjoyable V6 to date and leads the class in terms of horsepower. In addition, the Pentastar is Flex Fuel-compatible, meaning it can run on a combination of gasoline and E85 ethanol.


3.6-liter V6

283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (gasoline), 12/18 mpg (E85)

Editors' Notes

The Chrysler Town & Country's history dates back 1989, when it broke new ground as the first luxury minivan ever produced. Since then, competitors such as the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the Nissan Quest have entered the market with varying degrees of success, but the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country continues its long-standing position as one of the top-selling people movers in America – and for good reason. Its interior quarters are stuffed with practical and convenient niceties, including Chrysler's popular Stow 'n Go second-row seating and a newly-available Blu-Ray disc player. Add in class-leading horsepower, and the 2013 Town & Country becomes a minivan you actually want to drive – with or without the family.

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Chrysler town/country: safe, family friendly, reliable, and convenient.

My van has been amazing since we bought it in 2013. The initial price of the brand new van vs. The Toyota, Honda, etc versions was huge and worth looking in to. We had two teenagers and one toddler, so the features of the van were perfect for what we needed. My teens would sit in the back row and watch their own age appropriate movie, and/or listen to their own preferred radio station when they wanted to. My toddler was able to sit in the middle row and watch her own age appropriate movies, which made a huge difference when we traveled long distances especially. The automatic headlights and high beam light feature is really convenient and I have had zero issues with them so far. The auto sensing wipers is probably my only negative observation, since it tends to go at a slow rate when it is pouring outside, and then when it is barely sprinkling it tends to go super fast. So it is pretty much inconsistent, but really not too big a deal since I could use the wiper controls to fix it to the proper speed. The ability to listen to bluetooth devices, CDs, etc is a worthwhile feature in this high tech world we live in as well. Uconnect phone calls in/out have been really helpful and easy to use on the road, which is great since it is a safer alternative to having to mess with your phone while driving. . The navigation system works like a dream! We had to travel from Texas to florida multiple times and it was extremely helpful and accurate. We also had to travel from Texas to new york, and new york to virginia and the navigation system was perfect for what we needed when we traveled. The leather interior has been easy to clean and maintain with 3 kids, however the carpet has been more difficult to clean. The ability to put the middle and back row seats down is one of my favorite features because it makes so much more room when we've needed to move big things like bookshelves, desks, etc... The trunk space is perfect for traveling, camping, or simple grocery shopping. Being able to use the key fob to open/close the back seat doors and cargo/trunk door works wonders, especially when your hands are full. The back up camera feature is probably my most favorite part of the van since it provides a very clear image of the important areas behind the van, which helps improve its safety features. The warning indicator in the back that goes off when you get too close to something or when something is approaching from behind/near you is super helpful as well. Reversing in a busy parking lot, like walmart, can be frustrating since there tends to be a lot of other people going to/from the store. These features truly do help prevent needless injuries/deaths. Overall, great van! The lower price range for the features available compared to other competitors is huge and we enjoy everything about the van.

- At T

Smooth driving space loaded family ride.

With my Chrysler town and country it's the best thing that's happened to me as an asset to my family's lives. We have the reliability craftsmanship, and space a van should be. Chrysler knocked it out the park with this one. The captain chairs in the middle are perfect for smaller kids getting in and out with car seats. The back seat for folding down and having extra space is perfect. I throw a cover over my chairs folded down just to protect the fabric and carpet. I do recommend getting a maxliner/weathertech mat system for those with kids and pets it will save you a lot of time and money. Time cleaning carpets is a lot. With mat systems vacuum or sweep out done. You can take out to do a deep clean and factory carpet is factory fresh underneath. The entertainment system is great and space for the wireless linked headphones are great. Or you could use for DVD storage. I got some hooks they work perfect to hang on back of the headrest so the kids are able to reach while driving I found that reaching for the headphones in the compartments was hard and had fussy little ones. So use that space for DVDs (just make sure DVD in before you leave ) so you gain some space for the DVD win/win. I do love that option for the kids to be able to watch a movie and I don't have to listen to there stuff. I can be free to stream and listen to podcast on outings. Makes the drives more pleasurable than a dreaded one. Driving this vehicle is smooth . It's not like some vans that are like a box of nails going over a bump. It's just a clean smooth driving van almost forget your driving it yourself . Wish I had upgraded to a heated seats but maybe next time if I ever let this one go.

- Brandy B

In love with a van-room for all, and memories that last a lifetime.

I own a Chrysler town and country minivan. I love my van. It currently has over 100,000 miles on it. I drive it over 60 miles a day. The leather seats add comfort to my drive. My seat is adjustable to fit my needs. I especially like the support for my lower back that I am able to adjust at the touch of a button. The steering is great. I always feel in control of the vehicle. The hands free controls on the steering wheel allow me to keep my hands on the wheel while managing music, vehicle info, volume, and,cruise control. The DVD player with a pull down screen for passengers in the back is great. Especially with 4 kiddos I transport everyday. The DVD player with wireless headphone was very helpful on our 14 hour drive one summer. The van is spacious and if needed you can even store items in the store and go parts of the van which again very helpful when you're traveling with a family of six. The set latches for car seats makes it easy to install and I sure child safety. I also really enjoy the option to lock the windows and put on child safety locks. The trunk space is amazing for hauling groceries, sporting equipment, luggage etc. The middle counsel between the two front seats opens up for more storage space. The automatic sliding doors are great especially when your loading a car and your hands are full trying to keep kids safe and carry you purchases. I love my van. I even told my husband when the time comes I want the exact same van!

- Michelle A

Still loving this van purchase!

My stow and go has been very reliable. I am 900 miles shy of 100,000 miles. I drive a lot and have never had a problem. It is not loaded to the max but a very nice vehicle and extremely comfortable for both myself and my husband. We are very oversized adults. We took a three hour trip with six full size plus adults and it was comfortable for the two in the third seat. I travel often with three medium to large size dogs and the stop and go works perfectly for this. It is amazing how many boxes the cargo space can hold when the seats are stowed. The cup holders and the charring stations are a huge plus. We traveled almost non stop for a 20 hour trip and were very pleased with the comfort of this vehicle. The dual climate control is great for us and then the back climate control keeps my four legged girl comfortable. The defrost system works well for this humid climate I live in. And the Bluetooth lets me listen to my favorite audiobooks when I travel. And keeps my phone calls complaint. I wish it had a navigation system so I could watch my GPS on the screen. Did I mention I can now barrel park the backup camera! We can get the grandson car seat on the third row, I believe there is only one anchor spot on the third row for it. I average normally 26 mpg per trip. When I have cruise Ann lots of interstate travel I can get close to 30 mpg. I would purchase this van all over again!

- Julie C

The perfect and reliable family car.

I love my car because it is very spacious. I like the outside and the inside of the car. It's elegant, comfortable, and convenient for long trips. It includes a small TV, which is perfect for our trips to Disney World. I have never had any issues with it and it functions like brand new, which makes me very happy because I've saved on any type of repairs. I do keep its maintenance schedule and try to use the dealer whenever I have to do an oil change or any type of upkeep. My car is perfect to carry children around because it is very reliable and safe. The outside color of the car is midnight blue and the inside is black and gray. It is perfect for a large family or to accommodate 7-8 passengers comfortably. It has a very nice stereo system and a rear view camera, which is perfect when backing out of a parking space or anywhere. I would recommend to everyone my car for their next purchase. Even though it uses a lot of gas, all its features and benefits make it worth it.

- Maria I

Chrysler town & country, a reliable and comfortable family vehicle.

Our Chrysler town & country has been extremely reliable so far. We bought our van used and have had it for two and a half years. We have had no major issues with the van even though it is the vehicle we drive most often. We took our family of five on vacation and the van was extremely comfortable. Each family member had plenty of room. I have been impressed with the trunk space which is larger than our other van. There have been no issues fitting luggage or groceries into the trunk area. The stow and go areas provide even more storage and are great to use for things you like to have in your vehicle but do not need to reach often for example, first aid kits or jumper cables. I drive the van all over with 3 children and have never had worries of breaking down. We've also been satisfied with the gas mileage. The van handles snowy, icy or wet roads well. I have no complaints with my van at this time and would make the purchase again.

- Lisa E

Amazing features makes everyday life easier.

The vehicle is comfortable to drive. It handles well on the road. it's smooth and maneuvers easily. The large windows and vehicle shape allow for good visibility of other vehicles and the road. The reverse camera makes reversing a breeze. The navigation system is a supportive feature to have on road trips. The radio is capable of supporting a satellite subscription. This makes road trips and sitting in morning traffic more exciting. The DVD player helps keep children content on long rides. The electric doors have buttons within easy reach of the driver to make for smooth drop off and pick up of our little passengers quick and seamless. The access in the back can be locked to prevent doors from being opened prematurely by little fingers ( or toes ). The two middle row seats can be stowed away making moving or transporting large items possible. I have moved twice with my van and not sure what I would have done without it!

- Fiona K

Wonderful family getaway vehicle.

I love our car! It is comfortable and the ride is so smooth. We have a lot of bells and whistles such as an entertainment system, heated seats, leather seats, and the stow 'n go. This is because we spend a lot of time in our car. Since we have 4 kids, the extra room provided by the two rows of seats in the back is a life saver. The leather seats provide a quick spill clean up feature that I never thought about until I had kids. Also, the stow and go gives us extra room if we need, or extra storage space when we go on longer trips and need to bring a lot of stuff. The entertainment system has two screens so there is no kids in the back who cannot see. In the winter, the auto start also turns on the seat warmers and the steering wheel warmer, which makes getting into a cold car so much better. The ride is very smooth, the engine provides a pretty decent acceleration, though it could stand to be a bit more responsive.

- Sarah L

Mega space in my mega minivan.

We love our Chrysler town & country minivan! I love the option of the seats all folding down into the floor and having a huge cargo area! The DVD option is a big bonus for my kiddos! I am a huge advocate for the heated seats and the back 2 captains chairs have heated seats as well! This is my first car having the backup camera and it has been a great convenience. I love the safety indicators in my side mirrors when another car is in my blind spot. I really have no complaints about my minivan! Also another big bonus is how many cup holders we have! The console in the middle of the front seats actually slides back so the passengers in the back seats can use them as well. One complaint I do have is that in the 3rd bench row there is only an option for 1 car seat to be anchored down. I wish there were at least 2 sets of anchors for booster seats in the back bench.

- Brooke C

Great for families who travel and need a great daily driver!

I love my van it has all the options possible ac, TVs , leather seats electric everything. I have driven this van every week to and from work an average of 300 plus miles a week along with family vacations of 500 to 1000 miles in distance. I have kept up on the maintenance, oil changes and I have put new tires, breaks , and had the transmission service done. The only major thing I have had to do to it is the radiator lines from the radiator to the rear heaters had broke so I have had to have them replaced. We also had to have a couple sensors changed due to engine light coded but all in all she has been my favorite vehicle for hauling my family around in and driving back and forth to work for the last 5 years. I really wish they would have kept making them then I could purchase a new one when I have to finally retire this one

- Ellie W

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