For 2006, the Chrysler Town & Country minivan undergoes some interior changes. The CD/DVD changer has been modified to play any CD or DVD, including MP3, DVD audio, DVD-R and DVD-W, and includes “auto start” for DVD audio and “easy start” for DVD video. There is also an optional UConnect voice-activated hands-free communication system and available satellite radio. BeltAlert enhanced seatbelt reminder warns for driver and passenger seat, and a message appears in the instrument cluster for a loose or unattached fuel cap.
The Town & Country comes in two trim lines, both of them long-wheelbase (the short-wheelbase version available in the U.S. isn’t sold in Canada), and both powered by a 3.8-litre V6. The Touring includes three-zone automatic temperature control with rear air conditioning and rear heater, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, power locks, dual power sliding doors, power liftgate, power-adjustable pedals, automatic headlamps, power heated mirrors, rear backup warning system, rear seat DVD system, six-CD/cassette stereo with eight speakers, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows with power rear quarter vent, variable intermittent wipers, black roof rack, and leather interior with heated power front seats.
The Limited adds woodgrain accents, buffed stainless steel roof rack, memory system for two drivers, premium leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger seat and tire pressure monitoring system.
The Town & Country is the luxury version of the Dodge Grand Caravan, offering a considerable number of standard features, including a rear DVD and leather interior, which are optional on most competitors. The big deal, of course, is Stow ’n Go seating, with second and third rows of seats that flip and fold completely into deep wells, presenting a completely flat floor without removing any of the seats. When the seats are up, their wells can be used for storage. There’s no lifting out heavy seats, and the system can be reconfigured no matter how far away you are from home. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna may be more refined overall, but until the competition catches up with the seating, Stow ’n Go rules.