2015 Chrysler Town & Country
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Overview
Pros & Cons
- Plenty of standard equipment
- Convenient Stow ’n Go seating
- Strong acceleration
- Rough rides over uneven surfaces
- Not the best fuel economy
Chrysler Town & Country Rankings and Research
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Minivans category. Currently the Chrysler Town & Country has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 66 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2015 Chrysler Town & Country Review
Chrysler revolutionized the minivan industry in 2005 with the introduction of Stow ’n Go seating, and it remains a hallmark of the 2015 Town & Country. Used models also come with a long list of standard equipment, including a rearview camera, a DVD player, and a second-row video screen. Stow ’n Go may be convenient, but the sanity of many parents has been saved by the video screen and a stack of children’s DVDs on long road trips.
According to our analysis of the data that drives our rankings, automotive critics found this minivan had decent acceleration for most driving situations when it was new. However, all that power saps fuel efficiency. Competitors like the Honda Odyssey achieve better fuel economy and accelerate almost as well, critics said. They also reported that the Town & Country’s handling instills confidence, but while its ride over smooth pavement is fine, it can jostle passengers when moving over bumpy terrain. The rival Toyota Sienna rides smoother over all paved surfaces.
Chrysler launched the fifth-generation Town & Country in 2008. In 2009, Stow ’n Go seats became standard equipment. In 2011, Chrysler added a rearview camera and a new engine, which produces 108 horsepower more than the old one. The Town & Country also gained standard leather upholstery and a rear-seat entertainment system in 2012. Since then, a Blu-ray player became available for 2013, and the LX and Limited Platinum trims were added in 2015. You might save some money by shopping earlier model years in this generation, but be aware of the upgrades you may be giving up.
2015 Town & Country Performance
While it’s not the most fuel-efficient minivan in its class, the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country has one of the most powerful engines. The minivan’s athletic handling and smooth ride on most paved surfaces make it a great choice for families, though the engine can be loud when accelerating. When the Chrysler was first reviewed, critics pointed out that some competitors rode better over rough pavement.
Plenty of Power, but Low on Miles per Gallon
Powering the Town & Country is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 horsepower. That’s 17 horsepower more than the Sienna and 35 horsepower more than the Odyssey. Even if it’s loaded up with seven people, the Town & Country provides enough juice to move everyone easily. However, the engine is loud, and Chrysler does little to insulate the cabin from the noise. The Sienna has the same problem.
Of the three minivans, the Town & Country has the least-impressive fuel economy rating: 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Sienna fairs marginally better at 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, but the Odyssey stands out with 19/28 mpg city/highway.
Capable Handling and a Comfortable Ride
Steering is predictable and handling is composed overall. This minivan is more maneuverable than others. If you take a lot of road trips through the mountains or anywhere the road twists and turns, look for a used Town & Country S trim. This model has a sport-tuned suspension that makes the minivan a more capable handler. All models deliver a comfortable ride, but some test drivers said the Chrysler didn’t move as smoothly over rough roads as rivals like the Sienna and Odyssey. The Odyssey is nimbler and the Sienna is more comfortable than the Town & Country.
2015 Town & Country Interior
The seven-seat 2015 Chrysler Town & Country has a stylish interior made with soft-touch, high-quality materials. If you’re considering a used base model, the sheer number of standard features may surprise you. Seating is comfortable, even in the third row, where you’ll find plenty of legroom. Up front, comfortable seating helps with longer rides, as does Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, which critics found user-friendly. Although the minivan doesn’t have the largest cargo hold in the class, its Stow ’n Go seats fold away to allow more room. When you need the extra seating, just pop them back up.
Innovative Seating With Multiple Configurations
The Town & Country seats seven people in three rows that come standard with leather upholstery. Some used models have power-adjustable front seats and pedals, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, and power-folding third-row seats.
Adults fit comfortably in all three rows, though seating may feel a little tight with three passengers in the third row. Some critics found the third- and second-row seats had an awkward position and seatback angle, which some may find bothersome. In the Sienna, the second-row seats slide to allow more legroom. This allows better access to the third row as well. To take it one step further, the Odyssey has a removable second-row middle seat to provide an aisle to the third row.
The Town & Country comes with complete sets of lower anchors and tethers for child seats on the second-row outboard seats and the third-row center seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Town & Country’s LATCH system as Acceptable, criticizing the latches’ hard-to-find locations.
Plenty of Standard Features, Many More in Higher Trims
The Town & Country comes standard with a power liftgate, dual power-sliding rear doors, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, six speakers, two USB ports, a DVD player, an HDMI input, and a second-row video screen. This list of standard features is longer than that of both the Sienna and the Odyssey. For example, these competitors do not come standard with a rear-seat entertainment system. The Chrysler’s infotainment system is user-friendly and blends on-screen touch controls with physical buttons and knobs.
Some models have a sunroof, automatic tri-zone climate control, remote start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker audio system, a Blu-ray player, and a third-row video screen.
Not the Largest Cargo Hold, but It’s Versatile
The Town & Country has 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, which expands to 83.3 cubic feet when you fold the third row down. It has 143.8 cubic feet of space with the second-row Stow ’n Go seats folded into the floor. Both the Sienna and the Odyssey have larger cargo capacities, but only by a few cubic feet. What sets the Town & Country apart from those two are its Stow ’n Go third-row seats that fold flat into the floor. Owners of the Town & Country’s rivals must remove the third-row seats. The Town & Country also has great small-item storage throughout the cabin.
2015 Town & Country Trims and Features
The Chrysler Town & Country comes standard with a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. There are six trims available: LX, Touring, S, Touring-L, Limited, and Limited Platinum.
LX: As the base model, the LX comes with leather-trimmed seats, a rearview camera, power sliding doors, a power liftgate, Uconnect infotainment system with a six-speaker audio system, a USB charging port, a DVD player and video screen, and a rearview camera.
Touring: To the LX, the Touring trim adds automatic tri-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and chrome exterior accents.
S: Building on the Touring, the S trim provides a dual Blu-ray entertainment system, upgraded wheels, sportier-looking seats, interior accents, and sporty exterior upgrades.
Touring-L: Also building on the Touring, the Touring-L comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat and the SafetyTec package. This package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, and crash-avoidance features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
Limited: To the previous model, the Limited adds seats that are heated in the first and second row, a heated steering wheel, power-folding third-row seats and mirrors, and navigation.
Limited Platinum: The Limited Platinum comes with a nine-speaker stereo, Nappa leather seats, memory settings (for the seats, mirrors, and pedals), a dual Blu-ray entertainment system, and a sunroof.
2015 Town & Country Safety and Reliability
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Town & Country the highest overall rating of Good in four out of five crash test categories. It earned the lowest possible score of Poor in the small overlap front test, however, which measures how safe occupants will be if the front corner of the vehicle collides with an object like a telephone pole, a tree, or the corner of another vehicle. The Town & Country earned an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Town & Country comes standard with a rearview camera. Higher trims have rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, and crash-avoidance features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Rear cross traffic alert and rear parking sensors help you maneuver more safely when reversing.
According to J.D. Power and Associates, predicted reliability for the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country is about average compared to all other vehicles. Chrysler covers the 2015 Town & Country with a fully transferable three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Town & Country, the Toyota Sienna has strong acceleration, but it can be noisy. The Sienna has composed handling and strong brakes. All-wheel drive – found in some used Sienna models – helps the minivan grip the road better. The Sienna has a larger cargo capacity than the Town & Country, but the third-row seats must be removed, and the second row doesn’t fold into the floor.
The Honda Odyssey, with its excellent fuel economy and sharp handling, is a great choice for many families. It has a larger cargo capacity than the Town & Country, but its second row of seats are heavy and must be removed to maximize cargo capacity. Its spacious interior and stellar safety and reliability ratings earned it our 2015 Best Minivan for Families award.