2011 Chrysler Town & Country Performance

#4 out of 7 in 2011 Minivans

$8,940 - $9,793

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country was new.


Performance: 7.7

With a new engine, and changes to the chassis of the Town & Country offering better performance, reviewers like how the Chrysler Town & Country drives.

Acceleration and Power

All trims of the Town & Country features a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 283 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Most reviewers like the new powertrain but also say that it’s not perfect. While you wouldn’t want to take the Town & Country to the drag strip, it’s fine around town and on the highway.

  • "The new engine feels good, with much smoother delivery than the instant-on nature of the previous 4.0-liter, but the best power-to-weight ratio yielded only average acceleration. Is it possible that Chrysler’s new Pentastar engine is low on output?" -- Car and Driver
  • “The Town & Country comes with lots of acceleration, and gear shifting is smooth." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "The Chrysler's engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there's an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can be jarring." -- Edmunds
  • "This is Chrysler's new Pentastar V-6. It's used widely in the automaker's lineup, and it feels strong enough in this van. The automatic shifts smoothly, and the drivetrain gets an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway on regular gas. The minivan also includes an Econ mode that improves gas mileage by altering the transmission's shifting behavior." -- Cars.com

Handling and Braking

Test drivers report that the Town & Country isn't the best handler in its class, but it's carlike with comfortable road manners.

  • "The steering is quick, weighty, and tuned for Turn Nine at Watkins Glen, but we do wonder if the minivan crowd might prefer the lighter steering found in the three other vehicles." -- Car and Driver
  • "Chrysler redesigned the suspension, too. The changes may not make it an autocross champion, but it does help give it a very stable ride." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant as well. On the highway, we've also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to the outgoing model." -- Edmunds
  • "The previous Town & Country's ride quality brought to mind a big American car from the '70s; it rode softly, with a bit of wallowing thrown in. The 2011's new suspension tuning keeps body motion better in check, but still delivers a comfort-oriented experience that families will like. It also corners surprisingly well without much body roll -- even when driven on winding roads." -- Cars.com

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