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2012 Chrysler Town & Country

Base MSRP: $29,995 to $39,300
Reviewed
March 2012
by ConsumerSearch
2012 Chrysler Town & Country

Pros
  • Stow 'n' Go seating
  • Attractive interior
  • Plenty of in-cabin storage
  • Ample cargo space
  • Powerful V6
Cons
  • Not enough driver-side legroom
  • Powertrain refinement
  • Spotty reliability

Holding steady after extensive refresh

Reviewers like the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, which shares its underpinnings with the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan (Base MSRP: $20,995 to $29,995) and the 2012 Volkswagen Routan (Base MSRP: $27,020 to $44,280) , for its good ride quality, versatile and well-appointed interior and big cargo capacity.

The 2011 redesign brought significant changes, and critics like the powerful new V6 and attractive interior that came with it. While experts say that the Town & Country‘s engine and transmission aren't as smooth as the best-reviewed 2012 Honda Odyssey (Base MSRP: $28,225 to $43,675) and the 2012 Toyota Sienna (Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570) , they generally consider the Town & Country to be a top choice because of its amenable driving manners, convenient Stow ‘n' Go fold-flat seating and overall practicality.

Some reviewers point out that the cheaper 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, the best-reviewed budget minivan, delivers a similar driving experience and practicality quotient, only without the upscale interior and features.

EPA Fuel Economy Estimates

- 17 mpg city

- 25 mpg highway

- 20 mpg combined

NHTSA Safety Ratings

- Front Impact: 4 stars

- Side Impact: 5 stars

- Rollover Resistance: 4 stars

- Overall: 4 stars

IIHS Safety Ratings

- Front Offset Impact: Good

- Side Impact: Good

- Roof Strength: Good

- Named 2012 Top Safety Pick

For a detailed breakdown, read our 2011 review

Like several other minivans, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country was redesigned for the 2011 model year. It carries over unchanged for 2012. Check out our full report on the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country for details on what the critics are saying.

Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. Edmunds.com

Edmunds.com provides concise and useful reviews of all new models. This includes how each model stacks up against the competition, details on available trim levels and notable options, as well as brief on-road impressions.

Review: 2012 Chrysler Town and Country, Editors of Edmunds.com

2. ConsumerSearch.com

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country carries over unchanged from the 2011 model year, when it received substantial updates. Our full report on the 2011 Town & Country offers more specifics on what reviews and comparision tests reveal.

Review: 2011 Chrysler Town & Country, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, June 2011

3. FuelEconomy.gov

The Chrysler Town & Country gets 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg combined, according to official EPA estimates. This is lower than many other full-size minivans.

Review: 2012 Chrysler Town and Country, U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency

4. SaferCar.gov

In government crash tests, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country gets an overall crash-protection rating of 4 stars out of 5. Due to revisions in 2011 of the crash-test guidelines, results for model years 2011 and 2012 cannot be compared to results for earlier model years.

Review: 2012 Chrysler Town and Country, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

5. IIHS.org

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country as a Top Safety Pick after conducting its own independent crash tests. This is the highest possible designation from the IIHS.

Review: Chrysler Town and Country, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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