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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Overview

Sharpest Taxi on the Block

Chrysler's top-of-the-line minivan, the Town & Country, has undergone a major facelift along with its siblings, the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler (formerly Plymouth) Voyager. The 2001 Town & Country demonstrates why Chrysler minivans continue to be the industry leaders year after year.

For 2001, the familiar Chrysler silhouette is raked higher, creating an attractive wedge-like profile. Up front, a new grille is flanked by larger headlights which increase light output by 80%. In back, new jewel-like tail lights curve gracefully around the smooth contour of the rear corners. Three trim levels, LX, LXi and Limited, comprise the Town & Country line. All are built on the extended Chrysler minivan platform, and all three models offer the option of all-wheel drive (AWD).

Under the hood, the standard 3.3-liter V6 now produces 180-horsepower and the optional 3.8-liter V6 a healthy 215-horsepower. Both engines have seen refinements to ensure they are felt but not heard. An all-new 3.5-liter, 230-horsepower engine will be available mid-year. When so equipped, the Town & Country will claim most powerful engine in its class. Additional engineering efforts center around safety and include dual-stage front airbags, front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters (this design causes the belt to first tighten upon impact, removing any slack, and then give just slightly to reduce the force of the body against the belt) and optional supplemental side impact air bag for front seat passengers (standard on Limited).

Inside, the Town & Countrys come loaded with industry firsts. There are dual electrically operated side doors and an electrically operated rear liftgate, a nifty removable powered center console that can be positioned between either the front or middle-row seats and a liquid crystal video screen with wireless headsets for rear-seat passengers. A three-zone automatic temperature control system keeps all the occupants comfortable with separate temperature controls for each front passenger. As with so many of Chryslers designs, the dash and materials that form it are absolutely first rate. All controls are reached easily and operate effortlessly.

Standard features on all Town & Country models include anti-lock brakes, electric rear-window defrost, front and rear 12-volt outlets, speed control, tilt wheel and power windows. The LXi model adds the Infinity sound system, dual-power sliding doors, overhead console, three-zone climate control and eight-way power-driver seat. The Limited basically adds everything else except the kitchen sink. Give 'em till 2002 for that.

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