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2010 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. Click image to enlarge

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2010 Chrysler Town & Country

The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country has deep roots in Canada, tracing its heritage back to 1983, the year minivan production began in Canada at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario assembly plant with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager.

The Windsor plant dates back to 1928 when Chrysler bought Dodge Brothers and moved its Toronto operations to a new factory on Tecumseh Road in South Walkerville, now a part of the City of Windsor. Over the years, a large number of vehicles were built at the plant, including a variety of trucks, Canadian versions of North American models and at various times, such iconic Dodge/Chrysler models as the Dodge Charger, Plymouth Satellite, Chrysler Imperial, Dodge Dart and Plymouth Valiant.*

In 1983, the original Windsor assembly plant, Plant 3, was retooled in just 16 weeks to build the new Dodge and Plymouth minivans. In 1996, with the advent of the third generation of the Chrysler minivan, Windsor Assembly began building the long wheelbase Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. While Chrysler minivans were also built in Fenton, Missouri at Chrysler’s Saint Louis Assembly, today, all Chrysler minivans are built in Windsor. Windsor Assembly also builds the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Grand Voyager, which is exported to Europe and the Volkswagen Routan, which is sold in North America.

Made in Canada: 2010 Chrysler Town & Country car test drives made in canada auto articles car comparisons chrysler
2010 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. Click image to enlarge

This week, we take a close look at the Canadian-made 2010 Chrysler Town & Country. Next week, we’ll compare Volkswagen’s version, the Routan.

The Chrysler Town & Country is available in two trim levels – Touring and Limited – with a base price, including published discounts, of $29,845. For that base price, the Town & Country is anything but base with such desirable features as 16-inch alloy wheels, three-zone manual temperature control, fog lights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof rack, power sliding doors, power liftgate, overhead front and rear consoles, keyless entry, garage door opener, overhead LED halo lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, eight-way power driver’s seat, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, 115-volt power outlet and tire pressure monitoring system.

To this list of standard features our Bright Silver Metallic Chrysler Town & Country Limited model added 17-inch alloys, rain sensing wipers, bright metal door handles and roof rack, HID Xenon headlights with SmartBeam high beam control, three-zone automatic climate control, CD/DVD/HDD touch-screen Infinity sound system, iPod connectivity, Sirius satellite radio, premium removable floor console, electronic vehicle information centre, eight-way driver and passenger power-adjustable heated leather seats, driver’s side memory, heated second-row seats, second- and third-row sunshades, backup camera, rear park assist, remote starter, and security alarm.

Made in Canada: 2010 Chrysler Town & Country car test drives made in canada auto articles car comparisons chrysler
Made in Canada: 2010 Chrysler Town & Country car test drives made in canada auto articles car comparisons chrysler
2010 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. Click image to enlarge

Base price for the Limited is listed at $43,845, but a published $8,000 discount drops that to $35,845. Optional equipment – Navigation system ($1,250), dual screen entertainment system ($1,575), blind spot and cross path detection system and uConnect phone ($400), and power third row folding seat ($650) add $3,875 to the tab. Add on a $1,400 delivery charge and $100 federal A/C tax and the final tab for minivan luxury comes in at $41,220. Dealers may of course sell for less.

You could outfit your own Chrysler Town & Country with even more options. Swivel ‘n Go seating, for example, permits the second row seats to be turned around and comes with a removable table and can be combined with a rear entertainment system with displays that also swivel. Our van had standard Stow ‘n Go seating, second row seats that fold and store in the floor. It is either/or – Stow ‘n Go and Swivel ‘n Go can’t be combined. A sunroof is also available but overhead storage shrinks as a result.

The Town & Country divides interior space into adult space, child space and storage space. Up front is adult country with spacious leather covered bucket seats, both eight-way powered for driver and passenger comfort. There is a driver memory system that changes not only the seat position but the power adjustable pedals, exterior mirrors and radio pre-sets.