What Changed for 2009:
- New Rear Cross Path safety system
- Blind-spot-monitoring system now offered
- SmartBeam headlights now available
- "Stow 'n Go" seating now standard on base model
- Dual DVD entertainment screens grow to 9 inches and gain swiveling third-row screen
- Brakes reworked to be quieter and more effective
- UConnect Phone gains iPod interface
- More equipment for base model
- Minor interior and exterior trim changes
Chrysler Corp. has been known for its minivans since the Dodge
Caravan and Plymouth Voyager were introduced in 1983. In 1990, Chrysler
introduced the Town & Country model, its first luxury-oriented minivan, using the name that adorned Chrysler's first wood-sided station wagon in 1941.
In recent years, the Town & Country has been distinguished from the Dodge Grand Caravan
primarily by comfort and convenience features (along with a unique grille). Chrysler redesigned the Town & Country for the 2008 model year
, aiming it at families who use their minivans as a living room on wheels: Witness the optional Swivel 'n Go seating, with second-row seats that can be turned around 180 degrees (and seat belts integrated into the seats to allow safe travel for rear-facing passengers). A lightweight table can be set up between the rows for snacking (or gaming) on the go. Also available is Stow 'n Go seating, with second-row seats that fold down into the floor, and a traditional 2-place bench.Model Lineup
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country is available in LX, Touring and Limited trim levels. The LX comes with 3-zone manual air conditioning; tilt steering column; stain-repellant seat fabric; Stow 'n Go second-row bench seat; power locks, mirrors, first- and second-row windows, and rear vent windows; remote keyless entry; conversation mirror; AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; and P225/65R16 tires on steel wheels. Options include Swivel 'n Go seating; integrated second-row child seats; power sliding doors; power rear liftgate; UConnect Tunes radio with 30-gigabyte hard drive; Sirius satellite radio; rearview camera; single-screen rear-seat entertainment system; roof rack; and alloy wheels.
The Touring model adds heated exterior mirrors; 8-way power driver's seat; power-adjustable pedals; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; 115-volt power outlet; Sirius satellite radio; alloy wheels; automatic headlights; four overhead storage bins; power-operated sliding doors and rear liftgate; roof rack; and fog lights. Options, in addition to those offered on the LX, include Swivel 'n Go seats; dual-screen rear entertainment system with Sirius Backseat TV; automatic climate control; SmartBeam headlights; power-folding third-row seat; P225/65R17 tires on alloy wheels; power-folding third-row seat; sunroof; remote engine starting; second- and third-row retractable sunshades; heated first- and second-row seats; UConnect GPS hard-drive radio with navigation system; trailer towing package; and a Security Group with blind-spot monitoring, UConnect Phone wireless cell phone link, security alarm, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rear park assist.
The top-of-the-line Chrysler Town & Country Limited adds 3-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; heated first- and second-row seats; rain-sensing wipers; premium front center console; second- and third-row retractable sunshades; auto-dimming driver's side mirror; power-adjustable pedals with memory; rear park assist; interior air filter; security alarm; UConnect Tunes; Sirius satellite radio; 9-speaker, 506-watt Infinity sound system; SmartBeam HID headlights; 17-inch wheels; and unique interior and exterior trim.Powertrain
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country LX comes with a 175-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that runs on either gasoline or E85. It drives the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission and carries EPA fuel-economy estimates of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The Town & Country Touring is powered by a 197-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 engine, while the Limited model features a new 251-hp, 4.0-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine. Both 3.8- and 4.0-liter units are backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for models equipped with 3.8- and 4.0-liter engines are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Towing capacity is 1800 pounds; an optional trailer tow prep package, available on Touring and Limited models, increases capacity to 3600 pounds.Safety
The 2009 Chrysler Town & Country comes equipped with dual front air bags; head-protecting 3-row side curtain air bags; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist; traction control; electronic stability control; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Swivel 'n Go second-row seats have the seat belt integrated with the seat frame, and Chrysler's internal crash tests have verified that passengers are safe riding backwards as well as forwards. Optional safety features include integrated child booster seats; rear park assist; rearview camera; and the new Rear Cross Path and blind-spot-monitoring systems.
Blind-spot monitoring uses radar sensors to detect vehicles in the van's blind spots and warns the driver with lights in the side mirrors or a driver-selectable chime. Rear Cross Path is activated when the van is in reverse. It uses radar sensors to detect vehicles crossing behind the Town & Country and warns the driver with lights in the side mirrors and an audible chime.
In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the Town & Country earned 5 stars for all passengers in front and side impacts, and 4 stars for rollover resistance. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) testing, the Town & Country earned "Good" ratings (the Institute's highest) for frontal offset and side-impact protection, and a "Marginal" rating for rear crash protection.Technology
The objective of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country's Swivel 'n Go seating is to turn the minivan into a mini living room. A center console, located between the front seats, slides back far enough to deliver drive-in drinks to passengers in the second row. The dual-screen entertainment system, optional on Limited and Touring models, allows the screens to work independently. For 2009, those screens grow from 8 to 9 inches and gain a swiveling rear screen. Video sources include the built-in DVD player, two auxiliary audio/video input jacks, or Sirius Backseat TV. (The dashboard screen will also play movies from the built-in DVD player so long as the transmission is in park.) A 115-volt outlet allows a video game system, VCR, or additional DVD player to be plugged in. Stereo choices include the UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS systems, both of which feature a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can store music and picture files. UConnect GPS adds a navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic. With UConnect GPS, the hard drive also holds navigation map information. New for 2009 are SmartBeam headlights, which automatically adjust to provide maximum lighting depending on ambient light and oncoming traffic, Chrysler says.
Available Trims for the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country Van
||4 speed automatic
|| 175-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl
|| 197-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl
|| 251-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl