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2010 Chrysler Town & Country (photos)

With three LCDs and two mobile TV tuners, the Chrysler Town & Country becomes an extreme entertainment vehicle. A wireless router broadens the infotainment capabilities, but the power train is archaic.

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Chrysler invented the minivan in the 1980s, and is trying to continue the success of this vehicle type with its 2010 model Town & Country.
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Standing next to the Town & Country, it does not feel overly large, but the inside is cavernous.
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In the Limited trim, the Town & Country gets this 4-liter V-6, an older engine with none of the efficiency technologies being offered by competitors. There are two other engines available for the Town & Country, which come with different trim levels.
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In the Limited trim, the Town & Country has power everything, including side doors and rear window vents.
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Our car came with leather-covered middle row captains chairs and a third row.
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The middle row, Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats, fold individually into the floor.
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Long suspension travel gives the Town & Country a floaty ride, which damps out rough features in the road.
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Similar to the middle row, the rear seats fold completely flat.
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Although the leather seats are nice, the dashboard is made up of hard plastics and fake wood trim, which all feels kind of cheap.
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Chrysler only puts a few buttons on the front of the steering wheel, but hides volume and channel controls behind the spokes.
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The display at the bottom of the speedometer also shows route guidance information.
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This shifter controls a six-speed automatic transmission, the most modern part of this drivetrain.
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The hard-drive-based navigation system shows maps in 2D or 3D, and includes traffic information.
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We found the destination entry screen sluggish, taking time to accept each input.
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A Bluetooth phone system comes with this infotainment unit, but it is rather basic, and doesn't download a phone's contact list.
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You can save music and images on the car's hard drive.
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Images saved on the hard drive can be used as backgrounds for screens such as this one.
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iPod integration comes with the stereo, and the interface lets you browse the iPod library.
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Sirius Backseat TV is limited to these three channels.
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Figuring out which source goes to which LCD is a little difficult.
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The remote for Flo.TV is wired, which we found a little strange.
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We were able to show a DVD on the front screen, Flo.TV on the middle screen, and Sirius television on the rear screen.
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Flo.TV offers 16 channels, including the major news networks.
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The backup camera is basic, showing no distance or trajectory lines.

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