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2010 Chrysler Town & Country ReviewThe Good
The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country celebrates life as a minivan with versatile functionality, loads of convenience and comfort, plus a soft ride.The Bad
The standard drivetrain on the base 2010 Town & Country trim is underpowered and clunky, and the interior materials make it feel like a cheaper vehicle.
The CarGurus View
The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country can adapt to whatever kind of passengers or cargo you’re carrying and has the available power, performance, and interior comfort to tackle any kind of road or trip. While it certainly has rivals in the class, the Town & Country remains a must-see option if you’re in the market for a minivan.
At a Glance
The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country cuts to the chase by providing a diversity of function and a sure ride at a very competitive price. If you’re in the market for a minivan, aren’t these the essentials?
The Town & Country is basically unchanged for 2010 and still shares a platform with the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Town & Country comes in three trim levels – LX, Touring, and Limited. The LX is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 and comes with basic features like air conditioning, flexible seating arrangements, and power heated mirrors. The Touring upgrades include a 3.8-liter V6, rear-seat HVAC, a six-speaker stereo, trip computer, adjustable pedals, and fog lamps. The high-end Limited's highlights include a 4-liter V6, park assist system, heated leather seats, a further upgraded sound system and remote start.
Two traits link the three trims and standout as Town & Country highlights – creative cargo space and top-of-the-line minivan performance. First, the space. Buyers have a second-row seating choice between Swivel n Go and Stow n Go. The Swivel option allows second-row passengers to face the third row, with an optional table available for shared meals or family games – think conversion van. The Stow seats can be stored in the floor for a bountiful cargo area. And the third-row split bench can be turned completely around to face out of the vehicle for a plush tailgating seat.
Second, the ride. All three trims have that “car-like” ride that appeals to so many who want a minivan’s utility but don’t want to feel like they’re operating a tank. Some feel the V6 in the LX is underpowered, but there is a general consensus that the Touring and Limited drivetrains provide some of the most powerful and enjoyable rides in this class.
The Town & Country's standard drivetrain upgrades with each trim level. The LX comes with a 3.3-liter, 175-horsepower V6 that is Flex Fuel capable and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It gets 17 city/24 highway mpg and has an 1,800-pound maximum towing capacity.
The Touring is powered by a 3.8-liter, 197-horsepower V6 with aluminum alloy cylinder heads. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, gets 16/23 mpg, and has a 3,600-pound towing capacity. The Limited has a 4-liter, 251-horsepower V6 with a six-speed automatic that averages 17/25 mpg.
Ride & Handling
This is where the Town & Country shines. Road testers praise the vehicle’s calm ride and precise cornering. Even at top highway speeds the Town & Country maintains a straight line and a reassuring grip. The standard independent suspension on all three trims handles rough road surfaces gracefully, keeping almost all of the bumps out of the vehicle.
The V6 options on the Touring and Limited provide plenty of power without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The Limited’s 4-liter V6 and its 8.8-second 0-60 time particularly impress. Reviewers also like the six-speed automatic transmission on the top two trims, although some feel it was a bit clunky at low speeds. Many critics feel the 3.3-liter in the LX is underpowered, especially for highway merging situations.
The Town & Country is a fantastic option for long family road trips. It has tons of interior storage nooks, dual glove boxes, and more cupholders than you’ll likely ever need. The entire cabin has an open and airy feel, the sightlines are unimpeded, (unless both DVD screens are in use), the gauges and controls are immediately legible and easy to reach, and the Town & Country is one of the quietest minvans on the market.
The front chairs are spacious and comfortable for in-and-out errand running or extended hours. The Swivel n Go seats are a bit more cushy than the Stow n Go seats, and both are more cozy for children than adults. The third row has plenty of space for two passengers, but three adults will likely find it cramped.
Cabin & Comfort
Any minivan’s chief function is transporting people and their goods, and the Town & Country excels at both with comfortable seats and adaptable cargo areas.
The front chairs offer a great seat in all three trims, but the Limited ups the comfort by heating the first two rows of seats and offering leather trim to the front row and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat to match the driver's, who also gets the eight-way power adjustments in the Touring trim.
As mentioned earlier, the second- and third-row seating innovations are one of the Town & Country's real highlights. The Swivel n Go seats are easily twirled to face the third row, and the available table can be easily put into place to create a family den on wheels. The Stow n Go seats disappear into the van floor, but this conversion can be clunky, though it gets easier with practice, naturally. The power-folding third row is amazingly convenient as it can tuck into the floor for added space or twist around to face into the football stadium parking lot, roadside rest area, or anywhere else you might want to relax.
The LX trim offers 143.8 cubic feet behind the front seats and 82.7 behind the second row. The Touring and Limited trims are configured just a bit differently, with 140.1 cubic feet available behind the first row and 83.7 behind the second row. All trims have 32.3 cubic feet behind the third row.
Convenience and technology highlights for the LX trim include three-zone air conditioning, speed control, overhead console with conversation (or kid-checking) mirror, liftgate flood lamp, and power heated exterior mirrors. The Touring adds HVAC controls for the rear seats, third-row power vented windows, an upgraded stereo, eight-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable pedals, trip computer, and power-sliding doors. The Limited is loaded with additional bells and whistles – heated leather seats in the first two rows, 506-watt stereo amplifier, 30GB music hard drive with touch-screen display, auto-dimming mirror, security alarm, rain sensitive wipers, and mirrors with signal indicators and memory.
The one knock on the Town & Country in this area is the quality of interior materials. While most critics feel the cabin is well constructed, many don’t like the hard and coarse plastic surfaces, which give the minivan a cheap feel that isn’t commensurate with its price.
Since minivans are a family vehicle by nature, they should focus on safety, and the Town & Country does just that. It received five out of five stars from the federal government in frontal and side impact crash testing and a four-star rollover rating. The insurance industry also gave the Town & Country top marks in both side and front crash tests.
Standard safety features include multistage front and side airbags, curtain side airbags for all rows, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. Available safety features include an electronic stability program, traction control, blind spot alert system, and rear parking assist system with camera.
What Owners Think
Peruse the Town & Country user reviews online, and a common thread will emerge: Once you buy one, you'll keep going back for more. It is certainly a great sign that owners trade in one Chrysler minivan for another and do nothing but rave about them.
Those repeat owners also state that the Town & Country keeps getting better year after year, and 2010 is no exception. Not only do they love all the space, but how easy it is to access that space through the large openings and within the spacious cabin itself. The Stow n Go seats, excess of cargo nooks, comfort of the driver’s seat, fuel efficiency, and available stereo options all draw abundant praise.
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