Chrysler introduced the minivan to the world in 1983 and has never looked back. They are the big dogs in the market and have outlasted most of their competition by knowing how to make a minivan work. The Chrysler Town and Country is their top trim level and is as good of an upscale people hauler there is. Whether it is for business or family, the Town and Country will handle the task in style.

What’s New

The Chrysler Town & Country is the upscale cousin of the Dodge Caravan and for 2013, it receives some cool upgrades. The best new feature is their Blu-Ray video system that features second- and third-row screens capable of playing two different DVDs at the same time. This HD system also includes two USB ports, one HDMI port and 115-volt power inverter so that customers can charge their cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, tablets and gaming systems. The system also features a standard RCA input and 12-volt outlet. Two wireless headsets and a wireless remote allow the rear-seat passengers to enjoy their favorite video or gaming systems in the minivans’ second and third rows without disrupting mom or dad in the front seats. Also, the T&C finally gets keyless ignition, heated second row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

In the last few years, the Chrysler Town and Country has begun to look more like a van and less like a mini van. The exterior looks have shed the “soccer mom” look that some of the competition still has.

The interior is very upscale with leather everywhere and a soft touch dash and console. The front seats are very comfortable and the second row captains chairs are just as good. Chryslers Stow ‘n Go fold into the floor seat storage system has revolutionized the segment since introduced in 2005. Having the second and third row of seats fold into the floor is amazingly handy and easy to use. (one hand operation) Of course, with the seats up, the extra in floor storage comes in handy too. The competition has tried to copy the system, but Stow ‘n Go is the best by far.

Power

The Town and Country is powered by Chryslers popular 283hp 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. Power is delivered to the front wheels by a six speed automatic transmission. AWD is available. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

Trim Levels

The Chrysler Town & Country is available in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L and Limited.

The 2013 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.

Safety

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include ParkView rear back up camera, airbags everywhere, electronic stability control, including Brake Assist and all-speed traction control. Optional on Touring and standard on Touring L and Limited models is the SafetyTec Group consisting of rain-sensitive windshield wipers, Smartbeam headlamps, ParkSense rear park assist system, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection.

Driving

The Town and Country runs and handles better than I could have imagined and was actually fun to drive. I now count myself as one of the people that can not make fun of guys driving mini vans because I like them too. (Chrysler ones anyway)

Finally

As far a people movers go, the Town and Country was great. And, it was amazing that I got BETTER fuel economy than the EPA 17/25 label. I would highly recommend the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country to anyone looking for a great family vehicle. After all, it is the 2012 Family Car of Texas, according to the Texas Auto Writers Association.