Chrysler Town and Country ›› 2016 ›› 2016 Chrysler Town and Country
Written by Jimmy Dinsmore
Overview (Overall Grade after 8 Categories: C+)
If there's a Mount Rushmore of minivans (which would be one of the worst monuments ever), then the Chrysler Town & Country would be on it. For 30 years, Chrysler has offered this minivan to happy families. And while the hey day of the minivan is long gone, the Town & Country is still a major competitor in the minivan segment. The Town & Country is celebrating more than 30 years as a family hauler with a special Anniversary Edition.
For 2016, this special edition is the only thing new for this minivan. Even though this isn't a milestone year for the Chrysler Town & Country, they're still celebrating with the Anniversary Edition which includes a power sunroof, heated first and second row seats, a heated steering wheel and special edition badging.
What We Loved about the Chrysler Town & Country
What We Didn't Love about the Chrysler Town & Country
Exterior View (7 out of 10)
Throughout the years, the Town & Country has certainly evolved, but what it has always held true to, was its long, spacious overall look. It's a minivan through and through. The handsome, conservative styling appeals to many families, especially within the Midwest. In that way, the looks are on point. It's not overly stylized and even lacks some of the exterior design and flare that other competitors have, like the Honda Odyssey. The overall consistent design of the Town & Country is appreciated. The styling on the long hood helps diminish the length of the middle, where that same styling continues. Although, the Town & Country seems to abruptly lose any of its look on the back end, which is upright and ends sharply.
Interior Comfort, Quality and Overall Ease of Use (9 out of 10)
The Town & County best features are all inside. This is where this van hits the sweet spot for the consumer. The large, cavernous interior shows why vans are still popular with many families, especially those with several children. There are very few SUVs and no crossovers with the room of a minivan. The Town & Country has legitimate seven-passenger capabilities making it ideal for families and road trips. Chrysler's patented Stow ‘n Go system allows the second row seats to be folded flat into the floor with the pull of one lever. It's a simple and convenient system, that parents will love! Additionally, the third row seats fold flat which gives the van a total cargo area of 143.8 cubic feet. Talk about a versatile weekend warrior! Your passengers, especially the kids, don't care about the cargo room, they want to know about their personal space. And again, the Town & Country excels in this area. Second-row legroom measures 36.5 inches and 39.3 inches for headroom. This brings peace for family road trips as each family member will have ample room. While the third row is best suited for smaller passengers (not good for adults), it is easily accessed with the push of a button. This is a nice improvement for this model year. Rear passengers have heated seats, on some of the trims for the Town & Country, and there is separate climate control for the rear passengers too. Clearly, this van was designed with families in mind, as it staves off many excuses kids would complain about. The overall materials used inside are still lacking when compared to the Toyota Sienna and Odyssey, but there is a marked improvement for the Town & Country. Road noise is pervasive for the loud Town & Country. The root cause seems to come from sliding side doors.
Technology (9 out of 10)
Some trims offer a rear seat entertainment with a 9-inch touchscreen, which again pacifies whiny, cranky children on road trips. It's a must-grab feature for those families who plan to truly use the van for longer trips. Pop in the DVD for hours of peace and quiet. There's even a pair of wireless headphones so rear passengers can listen at their own volume and mom and dad won't have to hear whatever annoying song or voice is being played. Chrysler also keeps up with modern technological demands of today's consumer by adding a rear-seat USB charging port. Let your kids recharge their devices this way. There are also two more USB ports for the front seat as well as an audio auxiliary. A 6.5-inch touchscreen uses Chrysler's UConnect system, which is my favorite of all the infotainment systems. It is both intuitive and integrates flawlessly with both Android and Apple products. There are plenty of available apps to work with Bluetooth features too!
Fuel Economy (6 out of 10)
The Town & Country has an EPA rating of 17 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. While this is less than some of its competition, it is an improvement over the previous generation Town & Country. In a week's worth of driving, we averaged about 21 mpg. We hope a change in the powerplant and transmission will further improve the fuel economy in future editions of this van.
Predicted Reliability and Initial Quality Ratings (7 out of 10)
Based on the latest testing by JD Power (using a 2012 model), the Town & Country lags behind on quality within the segment. The powertrain rating is only three out of five stars. In other areas, it has a more favorable five star rating including body and interior quality.
Safety (10 out of 10)
Safety is the most important thing when it comes something that is hauling around your family. And the Town & Country does well in both IIHS and NHTSA tests. NHTSA gives them four out of stars in overall safety and IIHS rates them good in their three main safety categories.
There are front, rear and third row airbags for extra protection, as well as a post-collision safety system.
Performance (7 out of 10)
One of the reasons minivans have fallen out of favor with the consumer is the way they drive. They are bulky, not overly maneuverable and have little driving excitement. Sadly, the 2016 Town & Country doesn't do anything to change that. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 283 horsepower. While it's certainly well-powered, this engine is loud. Additionally, it only has a six-speed automatic transmission which struggles with some of the shifting, and certainly contributes to its lagging fuel economy numbers. The overall powertrain of the Town & Country could use a complete turn over. This is a relatively older Chrysler engine, and the van would be more fun to drive with a different engine. It would certainly be quieter and more fuel efficient. This van is long, and therefore less maneuverable. However, it does drive smaller than other vans on the road and at times feels like a smaller SUV from behind the wheel.
Pricing and Value for Money (8 out of 10)
There are six total trims for this model year, including the new Touring L trim which has a base price of $35,595. Our fully loaded tester, including the extra $1500 for the anniversary trim had a final MSRP of $41,175. The Town & Country is priced competitively in the segment, costing less than the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Within the FCA family, the Dodge Caravan is the more affordable option for those who are shopping merely on pricepoint, although that van lacks many of the niceties of the more appointed Town & Country.
"The Final Numbers" and the Competition (63 points out of 80: 79%)
There's little sex appeal about minivans. Consumers who purchase them do so for the overall value, space and amenities rather than the status symbol. Chrysler designed the Town & Country with the family in mind, and throughout the superior interior, practicality and family common sense prevails. That is where this van thrives. Look past some of its flaws and appreciate for what it could bring as a nice family vehicle, designed with mom and dad in mind.
|Passenger Minivan - FWD|
|LX||4dr Wagon LX||V6||FWD||29995|
|Touring||4dr Wagon Touring||V6||FWD||31875|
|S||4dr Wagon S||V6||FWD||34145|
|Touring-L||4dr Wagon Touring-L||V6||FWD||35845|
|Touring-L Anniversary Edition||4dr Wagon Touring-L Anniversary Edition||V6||FWD||35845|
|Limited||4dr Wagon Limited||V6||FWD||38445|
|Limited Platinum||4dr Wagon Limited Platinum||V6||FWD||40645|
|2016 Chrysler Town and Country||MSRP||Invoice|
|2016 Chrysler Town and Country||$29,995||$29,775|
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Interested to see how the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country ranks against similar cars in terms of key attributes? Here are the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country rankings for MPG, horsepower, torque, leg room, head room, shoulder room, hip room and so forth.
|1||2016 Honda Odyssey||23|
|2||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||21|
|3||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||21|
|4||2016 Toyota Sienna||21|
|5||2016 Kia Sedona||21|
|1||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||283|
|2||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||283|
|3||2016 Kia Sedona||276|
|4||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||275|
|5||2016 Toyota Sienna||266|
|6||2016 Honda Odyssey||248|
|1||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||260|
|2||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||260|
|3||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||260|
|4||2016 Honda Odyssey||250|
|5||2016 Kia Sedona||248|
|6||2016 Toyota Sienna||245|
|1||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||52.0|
|2||2016 Toyota Sienna||41.0|
|3||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||39.8|
|4||2016 Kia Sedona||39.8|
|5||2016 Honda Odyssey||39.7|
|6||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||37.2|
|1||2016 Honda Odyssey||40.9|
|2||2016 Kia Sedona||40.9|
|3||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||40.7|
|4||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||40.7|
|5||2016 Toyota Sienna||40.5|
|6||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||39.7|
|1||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||67.9|
|2||2016 Toyota Sienna||65.0|
|3||2016 Honda Odyssey||64.4|
|4||2016 Kia Sedona||63.9|
|5||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||63.7|
|6||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||63.7|
|1||2016 Ford Transit Cargo||67.5|
|2||2016 Kia Sedona||59.3|
|3||2016 Toyota Sienna||58.6|
|4||2016 Dodge Grand Caravan||58.4|
|5||2016 Chrysler Town and Country||58.4|
|6||2016 Honda Odyssey||58.2|