2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Town & Country is Chrysler’s premier minivan that was updated for 2011 with revised exterior styling, interior updates and new technology features. Chrysler introduced the first minivans in 1983 with the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. The luxury Town & Country was added in 1992, all-wheel drive became an option for 1992 and a second sliding door was added for 1996. For 2008 the Chrysler Town & Country received a total makeover with all-new designs for the exterior and interior, more than 35 new or improved features and more powertrain options. The wheelbase is two inches longer than the previous model and the ride and handling have been improved.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country adds standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all trim levels. Town & Country Limited receives new Sapphire Blue interior lighting and a combination leather and wood steering wheel. New exterior colors are True Blue, Cashmere Pearl and Crystal Blue.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is offered in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L and Limited.
The entry-level Touring model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, a roof rack, power sliding doors, a power tailgate and rear parking sensors. Inside you’ll find air-conditioning, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full power accessories (including second-row power windows and third-row power vents), a conversation mirror, a back-up camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 115-volt AC power outlet. Electronic features include a rear-seat entertainment center (second-row screen), Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker CD sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and digital music storage.
Moving up to the Touring-L model gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and second- and third-row window shades. The top-of-the-line Limited model adds xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system, an additional third-row screen for the entertainment system and a nine-speaker premium audio system.
Some of the standard features found on the upper Town & Country trim levels can be added to the lower trims via optional packages. Other major options include a sunroof, a power-folding third-row seat and an upgraded center console.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country comes with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags and a driver knee airbag. A blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-path detection system are also standard. In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, an average distance for a minivan.
Interior Design and Special Features
Last year’s complete makeover brought with it a nicely trimmed cabin stocked with quality materials and a pleasing design. Positioning the Town & Country as a luxury vehicle means an interior that is downright posh on the top-of-the-line Limited trim level.
Unlike other minivans that require the awkward removal of the middle-row seats to achieve maximum cargo capacity, the Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seats fold flat into the floor. Operating these surprisingly comfortable seats is fairly simple, as only a quick tug of a strap and a few gentle yanks are required to make them disappear into the floor.
The third-row seats are also comfortable, but headroom might be tight for taller folks, while shorter folks may find the aggressive tilt of the seat cushion akin to sitting in a dentist’s chair. The 60/40-split third-row seat can be had with a slick power-folding option and can also be flipped backwards to create comfortable seating for tailgate parties and the kids’ soccer games. Several Edmunds editors of different heights noticed that the driver seat and pedals are mounted too close together, even when moved to the widest setting offered by the power adjustments.
The muscular engine and confident handling on winding roads make the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country a contender. But segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna still offer more refinement. The Chrysler’s engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there’s an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can sometimes be jarring. The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant as well. On the highway, we’ve also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to older models.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country Specs :
Size, liters/cu. in. : 3.6/220
Horsepower @ rpm. : 283 @ 6400
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm. : 260 @ 4800
Availability : Standard
EPA City / highway mpg
6-speed automatic : 17/25
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : N/A MPG
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : N/A MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : 20.0 gal
Drivetrain : Front-Wheel Drive
Front Headroom : 39.8 in
Front Hiproom : 57.6 in
Front Legroom: 40.6 in
Front Shoulderroom: 63.0 in
Passenger Capacity: 7
Second Headroom : 39.7 in
Second Hiproom : 64.8 in
Second Legroom : 36.3 in
Second Shoulderroom: 64.7 in
Third Headroom : 37.9 in
Third Hiproom : 48.7 in
Third Legroom : 31.8 in
Third Shoulderroom : 62.0 in
Curb Weight : 4507 lbs
Height, Overall : 68.9 in
Length, Overall : 202.5 in
Min Ground Clearance: 6.1 in
Tread Width, Front : 65.5 in
Tread Width, Rear : 64.8 in
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : 39.1 ft
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : N/A ft
Wheelbase : 121.2 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors : 76.9 in
Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Front Tire Size : P235/60R16
Rear Tire Size : P235/60R16
2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price :
MSRP range: $29,995 – $38,995
Invoice price range: $28,790 – $37,070