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2001 Chrysler Town & Country Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Posted on 4/23/01
Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2001 after five seasons in their previous-generation form, Chrysler’s posh group of minivans exhibit fresh styling and possess more power beneath their hoods. Costlier than its mates, the Town & Country is related to the Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and to the lower priced Voyager. Three versions of the current Town & Country are on sale: the LX, LXi and top-of-the-line Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel-drive system is available, just like in the past.

The Town & Country’s reshaped body is about 2 inches wider with larger headlights and new wraparound taillights, while the LXi and Limited models have lower-body cladding. Several minivan “firsts” can be found, including a new power liftgate that’s controlled by either remote control or interior switches. Sensors will halt its downward movement if an obstacle is encountered. The liftgate is standard on the Limited and optional on the other models.

New power sliding doors have a manual override and can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is in operation. Operating with in-door motors, which Chrysler claims are an “industry first,” they also feature obstacle detection when both opening and closing. Also new to the industry is a removable center console with a power outlet, which is standard on the Limited. The console can be mounted between either the front- or second-row seats. A new optional rear parcel shelf can be pos...

Posted on 4/23/01
Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2001 after five seasons in their previous-generation form, Chrysler’s posh group of minivans exhibit fresh styling and possess more power beneath their hoods. Costlier than its mates, the Town & Country is related to the Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and to the lower priced Voyager. Three versions of the current Town & Country are on sale: the LX, LXi and top-of-the-line Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel-drive system is available, just like in the past.

The Town & Country’s reshaped body is about 2 inches wider with larger headlights and new wraparound taillights, while the LXi and Limited models have lower-body cladding. Several minivan “firsts” can be found, including a new power liftgate that’s controlled by either remote control or interior switches. Sensors will halt its downward movement if an obstacle is encountered. The liftgate is standard on the Limited and optional on the other models.

New power sliding doors have a manual override and can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is in operation. Operating with in-door motors, which Chrysler claims are an “industry first,” they also feature obstacle detection when both opening and closing. Also new to the industry is a removable center console with a power outlet, which is standard on the Limited. The console can be mounted between either the front- or second-row seats. A new optional rear parcel shelf can be positioned at floor or mid-level positions and includes pop-up storage dividers.

In mid-2001, DaimlerChrysler will add a new EX model. Priced between the LX and LXi, the EX minivan will come with a power liftgate, power center console and 50/50-split rear seats.

Exterior
As in the prior generation, Town & Country minivans come only in the longer wheelbase, 119.3 inches; overall length is 200.5 inches. Dual sliding side doors are installed on all models, with power operation for one or both doors available. The LXi and Limited both have power sliding doors. The base-level LX has manual sliding doors, with power operation available for the right door only.

Interior
All models seat seven, and the Limited has leather upholstery rather than cloth. Its second-row bucket seats — which together with the front buckets comprise Chrysler’s Quad-Command seating style — are optional in other models. The Limited also has memory for the driver’s seat position, outside mirrors and radio presets, as well as an auto-dimming inside mirror. A new tilt mechanism improves backseat entry and exit. Cargo capacity, with the seats removed, is 167.9 cubic feet.

An infrared-sensing three-zone automatic temperature control and an in-dash four-CD player are among the perks available for the 2001 Town & Country’s LXi and Limited models.

The third-row seat does not fold into the floor, as on the Honda Odyssey and Mazda MVP, but a new 50/50 third-row bench splits into two sections that can be removed separately, reclined or folded flat. When fitted with captain’s chairs, cupholders are on the outboard sides of the second-row seats, remaining vertical when the seat tilts forward.

Infrared-sensing three-zone automatic temperature control is standard in the LXi and Limited models. The Town & Country also has a newly available in-dash four-CD player. Rear-seat entertainment with wireless headphones is offered as a dealer-installed option.

Under the Hood
A 3.3-liter V-6 engine rated at 180 horsepower (up from the 158 hp in previous model years) is standard in the LX and LXi. The Town & Country Limited holds a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 215 hp, 35 hp more than last year. The 3.8-liter engine is optional in the LXi. During the 2001 model year, two-wheel-drive Limiteds will get a standard 230-hp version of the 3.5-liter overhead-cam V-6 from Chrysler’s 300M and LHS Sedans.

The new engine will be the most powerful V-6 offered in a minivan. All Town & Country models have a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Dual-stage inflators have been added to the front airbags. Side-impact airbags are a new option (standard on the Limited), and antilock brakes are standard. Seat belt pretentioners for the front seats and child-safety seat anchors for second- and third-row seats are installed.

Driving Impressions
Luxury is the byword for the Town & Country, which first joined the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in Chrysler’s minivan lineup in 1990. The 2001 redesigns did not produce as much of a forward leap as the 1996 restyling, and competition has stiffened considerably since then. Even so, all of DaimlerChrysler’s minivans, led by the Town & Country, remain the ones to beat.

Though comparatively expensive, the Town & Country delivers quite a bit for the money. Virtues begin with a lovely ride and abundant power from the 3.8-liter V-6 engine. Acceleration with the smaller, 3.3-liter engine is lively enough from a standstill, and it’s just a bit less brisk when passing or merging.

All of DaimlerChrysler’s minivans handle with a relatively light touch, but not in a worrisome way. Each feels secure on the highway and is very easy to drive. The Town & Country maneuvers adroitly in urban driving, whether the weather is sunny or nasty. Attractive nautical-style gauges help augment the feeling of elegance, and seats are comfortable and agreeably cushioned.

Running with satisfying quietness, these minivans appear to be well built and nicely refined. Chrysler’s minivans were once considered suspect because of quality considerations, but those issues seem to have been resolved. One serious annoyance is the parking-brake release lever, which is a long reach for the driver.

Whether the Town & Country is worth the extra money over a plainer, shorter Voyager depends on how much you value those extra comfort and convenience features.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

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Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(4.0)

Most reliable vehicle I owned, I only paid 1,600

by Crystal from Rockford, IL on December 8, 2018

Plenty of space for family of six, doesn't use much gas. To be a 17 year old van, it lasted me two years. Plus Chrysler is a great make Read full review

(4.0)

Most spacious handicap accessible van I've owned.

by Mover556 from Olathe, KS on August 19, 2018

This van met all of my needs for daily transportation, both short and long distance. Frequently used for 3-1/2 hr. drives and local shopping trips. Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Town & Country received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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