2012 Chrysler Town & Country

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Seating versatility
  • Kid-friendly features
  • Innovative storage solutions
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Small navigation system display
  • Seating comfort of fold-into-floor seats
  • Third-row legroom

Notable Features of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country

  • Newly standard leather upholstery, DVD entertainment system
  • 3.6-liter V-6, six-speed automatic
  • Standard fold-into-floor second-row seats
  • Standard backup camera
  • Available Wi-Fi internet access

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Chrysler Town & Country is related to the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's the more luxury-oriented of the two minivans. The Town & Country was significantly revised for 2011 with new exterior styling, a substantially revised interior and a new V-6 engine. The seven-seat minivan competes against the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

New for 2012
Leather upholstery and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are now standard, and the Town & Country's cabin has new Sapphire Blue lighting. The Limited trim level features a leather and wood steering wheel.

Exterior
Chrysler didn't go overboard last year trying to make the Town & Country look like something other than a minivan, but there were a number of subtle differences that set it apart from its predecessor. The minivan still wears a grille that incorporates a new take on Chrysler's wing badge, and the tracks for the sliding side doors are stealthily integrated. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Chrome grille
  • Standard power-sliding side doors
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard SmartBeam headlights
  • Roof rack crossbars can be stored inline with rails
  • Standard rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior
The Town & Country has room for up to seven people in three rows. The dashboard uses low-gloss, nicely grained materials that make the cabin seem more luxurious.

Having succeeded in part on the strength of its Stow 'n Go second-row seats — which fo...

Vehicle Overview

The Chrysler Town & Country is related to the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's the more luxury-oriented of the two minivans. The Town & Country was significantly revised for 2011 with new exterior styling, a substantially revised interior and a new V-6 engine. The seven-seat minivan competes against the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

New for 2012
Leather upholstery and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are now standard, and the Town & Country's cabin has new Sapphire Blue lighting. The Limited trim level features a leather and wood steering wheel.

Exterior
Chrysler didn't go overboard last year trying to make the Town & Country look like something other than a minivan, but there were a number of subtle differences that set it apart from its predecessor. The minivan still wears a grille that incorporates a new take on Chrysler's wing badge, and the tracks for the sliding side doors are stealthily integrated. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Chrome grille
  • Standard power-sliding side doors
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard SmartBeam headlights
  • Roof rack crossbars can be stored inline with rails
  • Standard rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior
The Town & Country has room for up to seven people in three rows. The dashboard uses low-gloss, nicely grained materials that make the cabin seem more luxurious.

Having succeeded in part on the strength of its Stow 'n Go second-row seats — which fold into bins in the floor — Chrysler improved the feature last year by giving the seats one-touch operation and making them larger for better comfort. Stow 'n Go second-row seats are standard; traditional second-row bucket seats are optional.

The Town & Country can have an optional power-folding 60/40-split third row with one-touch operation. There are also optional seat heaters for the front- and second-row seats. There are numerous storage nooks, pockets and bins throughout the interior, including dual glove compartments. A standard sliding console includes a power outlet and can be configured for second-row use. The  Town & Country is available with Uconnect Web, which gives passengers Wi-Fi internet access. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard automatic air conditioning with rear controls
  • Optional navigation system
  • Standard DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch overhead screen; dual-screen entertainment system optional
  • Optional second- and third-row window shades
  • Optional heated steering wheel

Under the Hood
The Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission's gear selector, which looks like a center-console shifter, is positioned high on the dashboard, to the right of the gauges. Mechanical features include:

  • 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Regular gas is acceptable
  • Econ mode improves gas mileage by altering shift points and maintaining torque-converter lockup longer
  • Optional load-leveling suspension

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional rear parking sensors
  • Optional blind spot warning system with rear cross path detection

 


Latest 2012 Town & Country Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Wonderful vehicle just wasn't for me.

by Linn from Kokomo, IN on October 6, 2018

Test drove it was nice Road well priced well just realized it wasn't something I would be happy with as a new purchase 4 the next 5 years or so so looking at other vehicles and still found one loved ... Read full review

(3.0)

The Rumors Are True

by NeveragainChrysler from Detroit, MI on September 26, 2018

This car met our needs at the time, but by the time the factory warranty ran out it became a money pit. Out of pocket repairs including exhaust, trans cooler lines cams and rockers on both sides over ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles.

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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