2015 Chrysler Town and Country – The “S-class” of the minivan world
If any car till date has ever made its mark as one of the most interesting minivans around, the Chrysler Town and Country has made up its living on the US car market all by itself. Actually, not all by itself, because there is that other Chrysler minivan that is essentially the same car called the Dodge Caravan. Nevertheless, the Town and Country is what you would call a luxury minivan with check mark on every box on the option list all the way down to the low grade trim levels. It was introduced in 2007, as a 2008 model year vehicle and the age is clearly noticeable, but Chrysler made a few adjustments over the years that made the Town and Country much more contemporary than what you would expect. Despite the fact that the 2015 model year is probably the last year in this generation of model will be sold, Chrysler obviously did everything it could to make it more desirable than it ever was before. If you are wondering what is new in the 2015 Chrysler Town and Country, just take a glance at the trim level names. In addition to two trim levels, the Town and Country received new trim levels called LX and Limited Platinum. You’ve guessed it, LX stands for the base model, as the Limited Platinum stands for the top notch version which is equipped like a European luxury saloon and a lot more.
What’s important to mention is that the Chrysler Town and Country remained as one of the most practical minivans around. Even its base version is equipped with leather seats, power windows, central door locking and most importantly, with a seating system called Stow ‘N Go. Basically, the Stow ‘N Go enables you to transform this large piece of family hauling machinery into a van in an instant. By pulling a lever, rear seats simply fold down and make a flat floor. This way, the Town and Country simply becomes a minivan that can haul almost everything. As before, the engine that powers this luxurious beast is a 3.6 V6 that sends power to front wheels through a 6 speed automatic transmission. With 283 HP and more than 350 Nm of torque, the minivan is easily capable of achieving class leading performance while maintaining fairly good fuel efficiency. By numbers, it means that the 2015 Chrysler Town and Country is able to accelerate to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds while delivering fuel efficiency values of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. It is clear that some Japanese counterparts can do better, but it is hard to outclass the Town and Country in the Luxury department. Even though the base version gets rather impressive equipment, top of the line trim Limited Platinum ads Nappa leather, specially painted 17-inch aluminum wheels, wood coated steering wheel, satellite radio, power adjusted pedals and modern infotainment system. All of this makes the Town and Country an “S-class like car” that is more impressive than any other on the market. In addition, front independent suspension provides exceptional driving characteristics that were enhanced with a few interesting electronic driving aids. As before, the basic warranty is active for three years or 36.000 miles, while the roadside, drivetrain and rust warranty cover a 5 year period or 100.000 miles.