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2013 Chrysler Town & Country – Understated Elegance

While there are many options for those looking for the ultimate family hauler, there is one that stands out: the Chrysler Town & Country. This minivan features a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine coupled with the AutoStick six-speed transmission, delivering Best-in-Class 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque with fuel economy ratings of 17 city / 25 highway mpg. It’s extremely refined engine features a compact, lightweight design with dual-overhead camshafts, high-flow intake and exhaust ports, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control with integrated speed control. The Chrysler Town & Country features a MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear axle with coil springs. It provides highly responsive handling and a very smooth ride with improved stability. And when you drive with a fully packed vehicle, the available load-leveling / height-control suspension adjusts the ride height, distributing the weight of passengers and cargo evenly for optimum control to help give you a safe, secure and more comfortable ride.

The cabin is a big deal for anyone who is in search of the perfect family vehicle. For those that have busy lives that are constantly on the go, having a minivan that will fit their lifestyle is key. We recently swung by Arrigo DCJ, a South Florida car dealer, to check out the inside of a 2013 Town & Country model. Seats are a big deal in a minivan, and there is one feature that the Town & Country offers – Stow ‘n Go Seats. We can see why these would be the deal breaker in selecting a minivan. The one-touch fold and tumble second- and third-row seats fold into floor bins individually — so you can go from seven seats to two, or any combination in between. When the seats are in the upright position, in-floor bins give you best-in-class concealed storage space. Furthermore, the third-row seat has a class-exclusive tailgate feature, for added convenience.

2013 Town and Country Mini Van

 

Diffused LED lighting fills the interior, casting a soft sapphire blue glow and creating a sophisticated interior environment. Clear, bright LED pinpoint reading lamps above all three rows can be positioned individually by each passenger, and since they provide such highly directed light, they can illuminate each passenger seating area without causing windshield glare for the driver. To keep the kids occupied on long road trips the Chrysler Town & Country offers second- and third-row 9-inch drop-down DVD screens with the available rear-seat dual DVD entertainment system. And with two DVD players, complete with a power outlet and A/V jacks for your home gaming system, the kids don’t even have to agree. One look at the interior of this minivan you know it is built with for the busy family, so if you are in the market for a minivan, the 2013 Town & Country should not be overlooked.

The Birth of A New Kind of Vehicle

If one were to document the most significant cars in the history of the automotive business, near the top would be the Chrysler minivan. Although it may seem incomprehensible to those who are younger than 40, there was a time that minivans didn’t exist. Before the 1980s, there were standard sedans (and station wagons) being produced for general transportation and “Cargo vans” if you wanted to carry a lot of people and gear. The idea of a smaller “car-like van” simply hadn’t hit the whiteboard (blackboard?) yet?

1984 Dodge Caravan

The idea for a vehicle that combined the two, the concept of a passenger car with that of a cargo van, can be identified with Chrysler Corporation, and during one darkest times too. In the late 1970s, decades of haphazard product quality, design miscues and poor leadership had left Chrysler Corporation close to death. Sales were terrible and the company was running out of cash. The board of directors of Chrysler desperately needed a savior and asked the legendary Lee Iacocca to take over the helm of the company. Fortunately, he accepted. Luckily for Chrysler and Iacocca they had just finished the design of their new front wheel K car models; the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. Although the company was in financial trouble, a great deal of R&D on their new front wheel drive systems had already been finished and the company simply needed cash flow to get these new models into production. Iaccocca did obtain financing and he did so in partnership with the US government.

2013 Chrysler Van

But Iaccoca knew they needed more than just these models to make Chrysler truly healthy again. They needed something special. Working with his design engineers, Iacocca supported the idea of “car-like van” but knew there was no budget, or time, for a new powertrain for this vehicle. The only option was to use their existing front-wheel drive K-car powertrain technology and adapt it to this new car. Many Chrysler executive and analysts did not think this was a good idea at the time.

But it turned out it was. A front wheel drive minivan offers lots of interior room because there is no driveshaft. It offers superior gas mileage and it can be built cheaper than heavy duty vans can. And minivans can carry a lot of people. Chrysler went into full production in 1985.

The results of this were spectacular. During its first year of sales, Chrysler sold a stunning 209,895 minivans under the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager brand names. The entire automobile industry quickly took notice. Soon thereafter, General motors responded with scaled down conventional vans, the Astro and GMC Safari, and Ford countered with the Aerostar. Both of these vans we based on rear wheel drive truck components and did not offer the advantages of the Chrysler minivans. They failed to capture anyway near the sales of the Chrysler vehicles.

2013 Dodge Caravan Interior

Today almost every manufacturer has a mini-van to offer but none can say they have been building them as long as Chrysler has. After all, Chrysler invented the concept and has continuously improved it. If you live in the Chicago area, visit Feeny Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Elgin to see what 30 years of being in the minivan business has produced. The 2013 Chrysler Town and Country is simply one of the finest there is.

2008 Chevy Uplander

It’s another crossover from the people at Chevrolet and they are deeming it ‘BOLD‘. I’m not so sure I would consider the styling cues of the new Chevy Uplander as ‘bold’. It looks like a beefy minivan to me, but I’m not into that style anyway. I’m sure it rides just like a sedan, as they claim, but at what cost?

Chevy Uplander

This is going to be a front-wheel drive vehicle with a mild 3.9l V6. Amazingly enough the engine is expected to pump out 245 horse power and be available in a FlexFuel model. So, for all you fans of yellow you can get one that accepts that E85 go juice.

Chevy Uplander Chevy Uplander Interior

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