By Cars.com EditorsJuly 27, 2009
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Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country. It competes with the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
(upbeat music) <v Announcer>Cars.com auto review. Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with cars.com. Chrysler created the modern day minivan back in the eighties and now its Town and Country competes against models like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
In a bid to stay ahead of the competition, the Town and Country is available with some interesting seating and entertainment options. Let's take a look at some of them. Chrysler's the only minivan maker that offers second row bucket seats that fold into wells in the floor. Those are called stow and go seats. And the automaker has added a new type of seating that's called swivel and go seats that adds a new dimension of functionality to minivans and as its name implies, the seats can rotate 180 degrees to face the third row. And they also come with a small table, so you can in effect, make a mobile gaming center for your rear passengers. Unlike the smallish stow and go seats that aren't particularly comfortable for adults, the larger bucket seats that come with swivel and go offer a much better comfort. You can see too, that we've installed the table that comes with swivel and go seats. And these seats are also available with optional child booster seats. When all three rows of seats of the Town and Country are upright, there's 32.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row. And like a lot of other vans that have fold into the floor third row seats, when the seat is up, there's this deep well here that's good for carrying groceries or other things. The Town and Country is available with a power operated third row. And it also has a tailgate seating position, which is what it's going to right now, so that when the vehicle's stopped and you're just hanging out, you can sit here and hang your legs out the back of the van. Parents know that a good way to keep kids entertained on a long road trip is a DVD entertainment system, and Chrysler has evolved the concept even further. In the Town and Country you can get single or dual screen systems like this dual screen one we have here. And when you get two screens, you have the ability to play from two sources at once. So here we have a TV show and here is a movie playing and the TV is from Sirius backseat TV system. And what it is is it streams television through the Sirius satellite system and right now there's three channels available. They're mostly geared towards kids. But if it means not listening to the same Dora the Explorer DVD for the umpteenth time, I could see parents wanting that feature. If you need to be able to entertain Facebook and Twitter obsessed teenagers, as opposed to toddlers, the Town and Country is also available with uconnect web, which brings wireless internet to the car through this router, which costs $499 plus dealer installation and service is $29 a month. Plus, after you've logged in, you can get all the cars.com you want. While the Town and Country has a number of unique features, it doesn't offer the best driving experience out there. I find the Honda Odyssey to be better in this regard, but minivans have to be able to please more than just the driver and the Town and Country's wide range of available features stand a good chance of keeping your crew content. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog, kicking tires.net.
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