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2012 Chrysler Town & Country

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On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Chrysler Town & Country

Few remember that Chrysler was on the brink of bankruptcy in 1979 which continued until 1981. At that time, Chrysler dealers had over 80,000 unsold vehicles in stock, and the economy was in the skids. With the government guaranteeing loans and Chrysler with Lee Iacocca at the helm, it was soon on the mend. It seems that every car that Chrysler made was a variation of the “K” car platform - whether it was the small Omni to the large minivan. One size fits all.

The minivan, which was in the works while Chrysler had its financial problems, finally came into being in 1983. It was an instant hit! It fit with the American “bigger is better” theme. The market slowly shrunk in size from those early days and from Chrysler’s point of view too, as more and more competitors entered the fray. The Town & Country name, which debuted in 1989, is where the Chrysler interpretation of what a luxury minivan should be and the 2012 model is no exception. Even the Town & Country Touring model is loaded to the gills, but that is the way luxury models are made.

Chrysler prides itself as having seventy-five minivan-first innovations since the minivan was introduced and for 2012, the latest round of minivan firsts include a heated steering wheel, Stow ‘n Place™ roof rack system that allows roof bows to be stored in the rails when not in use, an integrated super center console for first- and second-row passengers, and a fuel economizer mode that helps the driver maximize fuel efficiency.

Improvements for 2012 include standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all models, a new Sapphire Blue interior lighting scheme and a combination leather and wood steering wheel for Limited models.

Chrysler Town & Country is available in three different models: the Chrysler Town & Country Touring, Town & Country Touring L and Town & Country Limited.

The standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is rated at 283hp with 260 ft.-lb. of torque. The V-6 is mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transmission. The 17/25 mpg city/highway mileage seems a little optimistic, considering the output of the engine and weight of the van.

If you are into luxury minivans, the Town & Country fits the bill quite nicely.

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Stephy21 | 9:28AM (Wed, Nov 9, 2011)

i like the town & country, but the 2012 model just seems to have to much going on. Its a mini van not a Rolls Royce.


Stephy21 | 9:30AM (Wed, Nov 9, 2011)

i like the town & country, but the 2012 model just seems to have to much going on. Its a mini van not a Rolls Royce.

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