Roadshow Video Reviews
2007 Chrysler Town and CountryThe 2007 Chrysler Town and Country does what minivans are supposed to do--carry people and cargo from point A to point B--but it's unlikely the driver will enjoy the trip, as the car's cabin gadgets are merely functional.
[ background music ] >> Yeah honey, yeah. I'll get all six kids at soccer practice, three hundred rolls of toilet paper at Costco, and some ugly resin deck chairs. I'm on it. If it came to that, this is the ride I'd want to do it in. Let's check out the Chrysler Town and Country Limited, and Check the Tech. ^M00:00:16 [ music ] ^M00:00:20 [ background music ] Now I drive a full size wagon, an American wagon no less as my daily driver, so I want to like this big utilitarian beast. But I don't. Some of the worst technology implementation I've ever seen going on in this Town and Country. First of all, here's the nav screen. No, seriously. Four point nine inch diagonal size, but it's kind of wide screen, so it really is an awkward stretched flattened little display. It's not touch screen, but that's fine because there's no room for your hand really. The navigation is tortured. You've got this little scrolly wheel here for moving around things, and then hidden down here, I had to look for it, in its shadow is this little tiny little enter button. And to the right of that is a cancel, that's easy to hit while you're driving. Then you've got of course the usual ability to enter a destination, but once you get in there, it's really tortured. You've got to go into these menus and scroll through the alphabet, and there aren't even shortcuts. So if you want to get from the letter A down to the letter W, you got to go for a walk, and there's no other way to do that. Okay, once you get your navigation destination in there, and by the way, getting to the map? Look at this. You got to rotate down to that little tiny thing in the corner, and then press the little tiny enter button. Okay. Display resolution's not great either, jaggy city. Just not pretty. So I give this a major thumbs down. Luckily things get a little better with the entertainment system. Down here is a six disc changer, CDs and DVD. This will power both the cabin system, as well as be detached off to power the rear seat entertainment, which we'll get to here in a minute. You've got AUX jacks in the form of RCAs. No eighth inch mini stereo here. You've got to plug a set of RCAs in there, and that of course goes to the mini, that instead goes to your iPod in a slightly unusual fashion. The Town and Country Limited comes stocked with stow and go seating, second and third row seats that disappear flat into the floor, no having to take them out, break your back, leave them in the driveway while they get rained on just cause you want to go buy a sheet of plywood. Now the power train in a mini van is usually nothing to write home about. And this is no exception. Three point eight liter, overhead valve V6 up under the [inaudible] hood, connected to this column mounted four speed automatic, one of those gears is overdrive so it's kind of a three speed. Now that rear seat entertainment system includes this drop down seven inch LCD. It's a good size, good looking display generally speaking. But it does drop down right in the center channel here in the way of the rear view mirror of the driver, I never liked that. Luckily the system does use some wireless headphones, which is a much better way to go than some vehicles that actually have headphone jacks up here in the ceiling. Okay, let's tally up our Town and Country Limited. Thirty six one is the base, and pretty loaded up because that's what a Limited is. Includes that fabulous navigation system. Then nine ninety for the rear seat entertainment, two seventy five for the You Connect Bluetooth rig, another five or six hundred for a towing package, some destination. All in you're under thirty nine thousand. ^M00:03:09 [ music ]