2016 Chrysler Town & Country Expert Review

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 4.0 Styling 3.9 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

Chrysler’s 2016 Town & Country minivan is a luxurious limousine as comfortable shuttling grown adults as it is kids and pets. From its leather-trimmed interior to its standard 2nd-row captain’s chairs, even the most basic Town & Country pampers its occupants. Although it costs more than an entry-level Honda Odyssey, the Chrysler features more standard equipment.

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Chrysler’s 2016 Town & Country provides the unbeatable versatility only a minivan can deliver with the luxury and respect of an upscale premium SUV. If there’s a stigma attached to driving a minivan, the Town & Country is least likely to invoke it.

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Kids are messy, so if you have an active brood, leather seating and high-end features may not be the best mix. You can save a bundle going with less expensive minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey. Those seeking all-wheel drive have only one option: Toyota’s Sienna.

What's New

Commemorating Chrysler’s 90th anniversary is the Anniversary Edition that includes a power sunroof, heated front and 2nd-row seating, a heated steering wheel and special badging.

Interior Features

The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has seating for seven across three rows. The second row consists of two captain's chairs and the third row is a 3-passenger bench. Both rear rows feature Chrysler's ingenious Stow 'n Go system that enables the seats to fold into the floor to create a flat cargo area. The 3rd-row seats can be flipped outward when the car is parked for tailgating. Premium touches include soft-touch trim, chrome-trimmed instrumentation and standard leather on the first two rows. The top-line version includes power-adjustable pedals to enable drivers of various heights a better fit.

Exterior Features

Believe it or not, minivans have taken on somewhat polarizing designs, but you won't find much controversy in the Town & Country. While the Honda Odyssey stands out with its "lightning-bolt" window treatment and the Kia Sedona impresses with chrome and side sculpting, Chrysler's minivan is classically conservative. The Town & Country features rounded lines and wide panels of glass. Some flash is granted thanks to chrome body-side molding on all but the base model, as well as brightwork on the grille (black chrome on S versions). Power-operated sliding side doors allow easy access, and a power liftgate is a boon.

Driving Impressions

Despite its aging platform, Chrysler’s 2016 Town & Country minivan can still hold its own against newer minivans. We are big fans of the Town &Country’s suspension tuning, which provides minimal body roll yet returns a remarkably smooth ride. The steering feel is also taut and precise. Of course, the heart and soul of this family caravan is the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. With power to spare, this engine makes even a fully loaded Town & Country feel sprightly, though fuel economy figures of 17/25 mpg are at the lower end of the minivan mileage game. On the highway, the Town & Country banishes almost all wind and road noise, allowing for easy conversation across all three rows. Nitpicks are few but include an audio touch screen too far from the driver’s reach and a rather large turning radius that makes the Town & Country less nimble than its rivals.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country LX has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) under $31,000. On the other end, a loaded Limited Platinum model can pass the $43,000 mark. The Town & Country's entry price is still higher than rivals, and roughly $9,000 beyond that of its Dodge cousin, the Grand Caravan. In higher forms, though, the Chrysler's price is more in line with upscale versions from Honda, Toyota and Kia, which can also pass the $40,000 figure. Lower-priced (and smaller) alternatives include the Ford Transit Connect and Mazda5, both of which start in the low $20,000 range. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Town & Country. The Chrysler minivan's resale value is expected to be average, lagging the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

Notable Equipment

The 2016 Town & Country family van spans six trim levels: LX, Touring, S, Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum. Even if you spend the least on an LX, you'll get power-operated side and rear doors, leather-trimmed 1st- and 2nd-row seats, AM/FM/CD/hard-drive entertainment system with 6.5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth wireless communication, tri-zone air conditioning and rearview camera. In addition to an entertainment screen above the second row, all Town & Country minivans include an HDMI port that allows you to plug in devices like game systems and tablets. All models include a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance of the same duration.

Notable Options

Options and extra features for Chrysler’s 2016 Town & Country minivan vary by trim, with some, such as navigation, standard on the top model and optional in lower trims. Other upgrades include power sunroof, Wi-Fi hotspot Internet access, upgraded rear-seat entertainment system with 3rd-row screen and Blu-ray player, heated 1st- and 2nd-row seats and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. Power-folding 3rd-row seats are also available in top-trim versions of Chrysler's minivan, as is a heated steering wheel. Safety upgrades include blind-spot monitoring system and the ParkSense rear park-assist system.

Favorite Features

REAR-SEAT ENTERTAINMENT
Keeping the kids entertained on long trips is paramount to a minivan’s mission, which is why every 2016 Chrysler Town & Country includes a large 9-inch high-resolution video screen, a DVD console and wireless headphones. Up-level trims have a second screen above the third row and a Blu-ray disc player.

SAFETY FEATURES
The most precious cargo a minivan will ever carry is the family, so Chrysler ensures their safety with a plethora of standard safety features including a rearview camera and driver knee airbag. Included in the SafetyTec Group are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection and rear park assist.

Under the Hood

All Town & Country models for 2016 are front-wheel drive and use a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Pentastar is easily Chrysler’s most enjoyable V6 to date and with 283 horsepower it leads the class. When equipped with the Trailer-tow Prep Package, Chrysler's minivan can pull up to 3,600 pounds. In addition to accepting regular unleaded gasoline, the Town & Country's engine 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

A minivan’s primary purpose is to move families, pets and luggage safely and efficiently. The 2016 Town & Country minivan from Chrysler does all that and then some, providing an upscale interior loaded with premium features. With an emphasis on sophistication and style, the Town & Country earns its luxury credentials with standard leather seating and power-sliding side doors. On the options list you’ll find a Blu-ray disc player, a heated steering wheel and even a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Of course, you’ll pay a premium even for the entry LX trim. If you’re looking for something on par with the less expensive Kia Sedona or Toyota Sienna, but want the power and interior space of the Town & Country, try the Dodge Grand Caravan.

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Owner Reviews

4.47

266 Reviews

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Town and country's are great for kids!

This vehicle is very reliable. I like that the seats fold down. We have one DVD player that comes with headphones so the driver does not have to listen to what's on the DVD. There is plenty of room to seat 7. One downfall is that when the 3rd row is up it really limits your trunk space. We have been using the 3rd row as a split bench which gives a little more trunk room. Car seats are easy to move around with the latch system. We are able to put one car seat in each of the captain's chairs and 1 car seat in the 3rd row. It would be nice if the anchor points for the latch system in the 3rd row were not in the middle spot so that it could accommodate a car seat better. Our vehicle has push button start and keyless entry. It makes it easier with children to get in-and-out of the vehicle and not have to worry about your keys. Another good feature is the button to open and close the trunk and open and close the side sliding doors. That feature is very helpful when you have small children and you have the controls right above your head in the front seat. The miles to empty feature as well as the tire pressure feature are extremely handy and make it easier to monitor what is happening with your vehicle. All in all I would recommend this van to anyone with children.

- J G

Chrysler town and country.

I really like my Chrysler town and country for many reasons. First, there is plenty on space for myself, my four kids and husband and we even have enough space for our dog if has tagging along plus all of the kids equipment, whether its for sports, hunting or just play. I like the heated features for our cold winter months including heating seats and steering wheel plus back control so the children can control their own heat. I absolutely love how all the back seats fold down into the floor so make transporting large items easy and possible! The van ride smooth and the seats are comfortable. I like the leather material as it is easy to clean and looks nice. I like the fact that you can check your air pressure and it alerts when you need to change your oil. There are also charging ports all over the vehicle, which I love! The DVD system is nice for long trips and stores away easily. I really can't think of anything I do not like about my Chrysler town and country minivan.

- Katie M

Voice operated Bluetooth in radio is just the start.

I like that the seat goes up and down as well as back and forth being short it makes a real difference. I love the backup camera. It is a great tool you still need to look around but the camera helps immensely. The Bluetooth feature is wonderful. I do not use call people or text when driving. With the Bluetooth I still do not however, I am able to answer the phone without taking my eyes off the road. There is a DVD player so our backseat riders can watch a movie while we travel. There is also a screen in the front that you can watch it from but only when the car is in park. It also has several places to plug in your phones or tablets. Also in the back the is a electric plug we can plug in our fan. In our older van you could take the seat out but in this van you can fold the seats down into the floor. It has a built-in garage door opener, which I love. Since we only has 2 and this being 3rd vehicle I didn't have to purchase another remote.

- Debra M