Pros: Unmatched passenger and cargo versatility; decent range of trim levels and optional features; quiet cabin
Cons: Lackluster handling and road holding; pricier than similar Dodge Grand Caravan; large turning radius hampers close-quarter maneuverability
2014 Chrysler Town & Country
CG Says: The Town and Country celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Chrysler is commemorating the occasion with a 30th Anniversary trim package that includes badging, special paint, and black interior trim. Chrysler pitches Town & Country as an upscale alternative to the more mainstream Dodge Grand Caravan. This Best Buy absolutely succeeds in that mission. It’s quiet, rides smoothly, and boasts an interior that’s notably nicer than the Caravan. Add to all this the convenience of its Stow ‘n Go seating, and you have a minivan that strikes a great balance between luxury and versatility. Judicious option selection can also make Town & Country an outstanding value for money. Models with a power-folding 3rd-row seat, dual-screen rear DVD entertainment, rear-window sunshades, navigation system, and a load-leveling suspension can top out at hundreds to thousands of dollars less than comparably equipped rivals.