$21,270 – $35,935 MSRP
$19,545 – $32,812 Invoice
18 / 25 MPG City/Hwy
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Last redesigned in 2005, the Chrysler Town & Country receives one minor upgrade this year; for models fitted with the optional CD/DVD changer, the device has been modified to play any CD or DVD, including MP3, DVD audio, and DVD-R. It also includes an 'auto start' capability for DVD audio and 'easy start' feature for DVD videos.
Chrysler created the minivan segment in 1984 with the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. Today, Dodge continues to produce Caravans and Chrysler touts its upscale Town & Country. Four versions of the T&C are available for 2006: the short-wheelbase base version, and long-wheelbase LX, Touring, and Limited models. Base and LX models are powered by a 3.3L V-6 that routes 180 hp to a four-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. Touring and Limited models use a 205-hp, 3.8L V-6 mated to a four-speed automatic. Standard safety items include multi-stage front airbags with knee airbags for the driver, a LATCH child seat anchor system, and seat belt pretensioners.
Standard fare includes air conditioning, two-passenger middle row seating, and a three-passenger rear bench that features Easy Out roller seats. Also included are remote keyless illuminated entry with Sentry Key engine immobilizer, power door locks, power front and rear quarter vent windows, rear window defroster, cruise control, tilt steering column, power brakes, Sycamore wood grain instrument panel accents, DoorAlert sliding door alert, and an AM/FM stereo/CD player with four speakers. Opting for the LX adds the Stow 'n Go seating and storage system, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, heated power exterior mirrors, and illuminated vanity mirrors.
The Touring model is further enhanced with three-zone manual air conditioning, an overhead console with HomeLink and trip computer, power sliding doors, power liftgate, a roof rack, eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls, 16-inch alloy wheels, traction control, AM/FM stereo radio/CD/cassette player, and six speakers. The top-line Limited boasts power adjustable pedals, a tire pressure monitoring system, overhead console rail system with moveable/removable storage modules, upgraded carpeting, Satin Silver/wood grain interior accents, an Electronic Vehicle Information Center, three-zone automatic temperature control with micron air filtration, door courtesy lamps, driver seat/mirror/pedals memory system, AM/FM stereo radio with navigation system, 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, and 16-inch chrome alloy wheels.
Notable options on the base model include three-row side-curtain air bags, power passenger sliding door, dual-zone manual climate control, power adjustable pedals, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a single-disc DVD player with second-row video screen. LX owners can opt for an overhead rail console with three moveable/removable storage bins, power sliding driver and passenger doors, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, rear DVD entertainment system, Trailer Tow Prep Group with load-leveling and height control, and three-zone manual temperature control. Touring model options include fog lamps; power sun roof; air conditioning with three-zone automatic temperature control and rear air conditioning and heat ducts; AM/FM stereo radio with navigation system; 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer; SIRIUS Satellite Radio; and a rear back-up warning system. Finally, Limited options consist of three-row side-curtain air bags, power sun roof, UConnect hands-free communication with Bluetooth technology, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, rear seat video system, and a Trailer Tow Prep Group that includes a suspension with load-leveling and height control.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Chrysler Town & Country as it comes off the assembly line
Town & Country ranks highest in initial quality in the van segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Town & Country performs well in the engine/transmission, seats, and HVAC categories. Town & Country performs better than segment average in the exterior, features/controls/displays, engine/transmission, HVAC, and interior categories.
The Town & Country is now one of 15 models that comprise the Midsize Van segment. Buyers in this group are looking for value, accommodations for up to eight passengers, and a comprehensive safety package.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Town & Country is the No. 2 seller in the segment, with 180,759 units sold in calendar year 2005. Its sibling, the Dodge Caravan, sold 226,771 units in 2005, and the Honda Odyssey sold 174,275 units. Others competing in the segment include the Toyota Sienna, Ford Freestar, Nissan Quest, and Chevrolet Uplander.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$21,270||180-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||19/26|
|LX||4 speed automatic||$25,620||180-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||19/26|
|Touring||4 speed automatic||$28,060||205-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|
|Limited||4 speed automatic||$35,935||205-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|