Chrysler is known as the creator of the minivan segment when it introduced the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager for the 1984 model year. Those two vehicles became a staple in the U.S. car market as they offered loads of space and decent fuel economy for families. The two also sparked competitors to build minivans to fight back. Almost thirty years later, not much has changed aside from minivans becoming more luxurious and the Chrysler Town & Country taking the place of the Voyager.
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is the luxury version of Chrysler/Dodge's minivan lineup. Outside, not much has changed for the 2013 model. The basic shape has remained unchanged since its introduction back in 2007, but Chrysler has made minor changes throughout the years to keep it fresh. Up front is a revised clip that features a new grille and headlights. The side profile has new trim pieces and a range of alloy wheels.
New for the 2013 model year is the Town & Country S which adds a bit of aggression to the Town & Country by adding a black chrome grille, black-accented wheels, blacked-out headlight inserts, and the choice of four different colors (black, red, white and silver). The S model also gets a firmer suspension to make it somewhat sporty.
The 2013 Town & Country's interior is much like the exterior; largely the same with some minor changes. The dash layout is much the same with the touchscreen radio sitting on top of the center stack and climate control for the front and back seat right below that. The back two rows features Chrysler's innovative Stow n' Go seating which features seats that fold into compartments in the floor. Standard equipment includes leather seats and DVD players for the back two rows. Optional is a BluRay/DVD system.
Power comes from Chrysler's 3.6L Pentastar V6 which produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA rates the 2013 Town & Country at 17 City/25 Highway/20 Combined.
Pricing for the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country starts at $30,530 for the Town & Country Touring and climbs up to $40,745 for the Town & Country Limited. Competitors to the 2013 Town & Country include the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, and Toyota Sienna.