2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition

Downtown Style for Uptown Looks
By Durhl Caussey, Epoch Times Contributor
October 6, 2014 Updated: October 6, 2014

The 30th Anniversary Edition was built in a spirit of celebration since it was 30 years ago that Chrysler invented the minivan. Only the Limited edition offers more features and possibility than the 30th Anniversary Edition. This vehicle, in one form or another, has been a big part of family life for a long time now.

Seating and storage are key ingredients in describing the proper mix for the Town & Country. The driver and passengers are treated to a quality ride and luxurious convenience in surroundings that make this vehicle a leader in the industry.

The Town & Country handles well on winding roads even when loaded. Visibility is good in the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. 

Its roominess makes travel time go by easily and the enormous amount of room keeps temper tantrums at a minimum and naps an inviting occurrence. 

It is also a great companion traveling wagon, as there is plenty of room for legs, shoulders, and bottoms. Fishing buddies, quilting auxiliaries, or family vacationers will all find they will have plenty of room to travel in comfort.

Lots of Features

The Town & Country has a 3.6 L V6 24-valve, variable valve timing (VVT) engine with a 6-speed transmission. The EPA fuel estimation is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Inside the test version, the monotone black interior with Nappa leather complement Alcantara suede for a smooth-as-silk feeling for everyone. Your eyes are encouraged to look further to understand the true beauty of the car. Piano black gloss accents are found on the instrument panel and the spokes of the black leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There is a black liner, upper console, and a center console with a trim logo in the instrument cluster. This center console provides power outlets, cup holders, covered storage, and more, to both front and second row passengers.

The Blu-ray DVD system and the HDMI also have USB ports for recharging. This DVD system allows back seat passengers to view standard DVDs and Blu-ray videos or play high-definition video games on the screen. This DVD system is an optional package that adds an additional $995 to the vehicle base price of $34,465. 

The Fold-and-Stow second and third-row seats fold individually into floor bins, allowing you to go from seven seats to two or any other combination. When you fold and stow all the seats flat, Town & Country yields a cargo floor with 144.2 cu ft. of storage space. You never have to remove the seats like on other vehicles. Even when seats are upright, there are in-floor bins that store items like laptops, purses, or toys. 

Town & Country also includes as a standard feature the Stow-N-Place Roof Rack System, which carries up to 150 lbs. of cargo. Folding crossbars attach easily to side rails when not in use. 

Additional features include keyless entry, heated front and second row seats, bright driver handles, heated steering wheel, and power adjustable pedal. 

If there is one inconvenience, it is that the parking brake (located lower left side of the floorboard) is somewhat difficult to release without trapping your foot between the brake pedal and bottom of the console. 

Warranty

5-Year/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty
3-Year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty
5-Year/100,000-mile Roadside Assistance (Restrictions Apply)

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. You may reach him at this paper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net.

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