Chrysler 2013 Town and Country Minivan – Final Thoughts

2013 Chrysler Town and Country Road TripWe’ve been home now from our 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Road Trip for a day. It’s always hard being thrown back into the reality of life after a vacation; it already feels like it was ages ago that we were enjoying the Oregon Coast.

My husband took the minivan to work and vacuumed it during his free time. It’s amazing how much sand and mud you can get into the car even when you’re trying to be really careful. You see it rained our entire drive home from Oregon and it was much colder than the trip down. We stopped once for gas and put another 10 gallons of gas into the tank so our total cash outlay for gas was under $70 which covered our approximately 636 miles there and back, plus touring around the Seal Rock area, and to/from work the next day.

The trip is supposed to take 5-1/2 hours, but because of all of our stops (we blame the dogs :), plus the slow traffic due to rain and construction, it took us 8 hours each way. But I’m not complaining, because we actually enjoyed every minute on the road.

One of our many stops on the way home in our 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

One of our many stops on the way home in our 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Comfort & Safety

We were both amazed at the comfort of the seats – we never felt uncomfortable or the need to get out and stretch like we do in our own car. The seats were comfortable for both of us – I’m plus size and my husband is average. In my own small car the seat belt digs into my hip and it’s uncomfortable enough that I don’t drive that car unless I have to. I always thought it was because I was overweight, but when I mentioned it to my husband, he said it does the same to him. We’ve owned the car for over 10 years and I thought it was because of my weight it was uncomfortable, it turns out it’s a bad design.

We took a different route home and we used the Map and “Where Am I” feature on the navigation system quite a bit. It was great knowing that we were headed in the right direction. We also made use of the automatic windshield wipers the entire trip and they worked to perfection. I know, first world problems, but when you live in a rainy area, you appreciate little things like this that make your life easier.

We loved the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Map and "Where Am I" Feature

We loved the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Map and “Where Am I” Feature

In fact, for those of you who live in cold areas, the remote start feature would probably be used quite often. For us it’d rarely be necessary, but the hubby did use it this morning when he awoke at the station to a weird cold snap. When he got to the minivan he found that not only was the windshield defrosted, the mirror warmers had been turned on as had the steering wheel and seat warmers, so his drive home was a toasty one! He was pretty impressed with the process and remarked that while it was certainly a convenience, it is actually a fabulous safety feature! People often don’t wait for their windows and mirrors to be defrosted before taking off which can mean limited visibility. Yes, they’re legally supposed to wait until their have proper visibility, but we see the 6×6” scraped-free area with the driver peering through on frost days here and that’s not safe!

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Change My Mind

All-in-all we really enjoyed the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan and it’s completely changed my idea about what our next car will look like. I’m now open to a minivan and the second slider is now something I would enjoy and use instead of making fun of. Silly me, I made the assumption that it was not necessary. Now I know it can also be a safety and convenience feature.

The second sliding door on the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan is perfect for kids, pets,and cargo

The second sliding door on the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan is perfect for loading and unloading  kids, pets,and cargo

I’ve also decided that I need a sunroof. When you live in an area that is perpetually gray, you need all the light you can get, and having that extra daylight even through a smoked glass window is priceless. I also will shop for a hands-free, voice activated entertainment system and an integrated backup camera and blind spot indicator, again because of the added safety they offer.

The features my husband will likely need is the remote start and advanced airbag system.

Our Final Thoughts on the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan

My husband’s only complaint about the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan is that once or twice when starting off on wet pavement, the car lost traction for a second. Nothing he felt was unsafe, but we’re used to a 4-wheel drive van and a front-wheel drive feels differently. He was also annoyed by  a blue LED light under the front passenger seat. It’s only noticeable when driving at night (or very early AM as he did), but it really bothered him (an easy fix would be to cover the bulb).

In my perfect world it’d be a hybrid and get even better gas mileage, but for a minivan it’s pretty darn near perfect. And the baby blue paint? I’d have never picked it out but I loved it after living with it. The same goes for the leather seats. As a vegetarian I’d never pick them, but they were certainly easy to clean after our trip to the beach and I could be talked into putting them into a future car by my meat-eating hubby.

We fell in love with this blue 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

We fell in love with this blue 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan

Otherwise, we’re pretty impressed with the ride, features, and safety of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan and are sad to see it go. We’ll certainly consider it as a possibility when it comes to finally buying a new car. We’re trying to balance our need for a new car with the desire for my husband to retire and the last payment of our son’s college tuition.

Want to see more of our pictures from the Oregon Coast? I have many, many more :) You can find them on our  Instagram and Facebook pages. Special thanks to everyone who followed along and left comments!


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Chrysler. All opinions are 100% mine.

Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

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  1. I am currently looking for a car and was considering getting a minivan! I love the sliding door aspect. It would make my life so much easier without having to have the door open all the way and having space to maneuver things! by the way those pups are too cute

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    • I loved the two sliding doors and yes, my girls think they’re adorable :)

  2. I also always drive a 4 wheel drive so slipping tires would get me too. I do like the look of the van….very cool. My fav thing though is for that long trip you only spent 70 bucks in gas. How nice!!

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  3. I have a sunroof on my new to me vehicle and I love it! Definitely brightens up the day. Now just need to get that remote starter installed…would be much easier if the vehicle had come equipped with it.

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  4. I could use a new minivan for trips like these. Mine is getting old.

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  5. Sounds like a great car. I would love the remote start feature as it gets cold here and it would be nice to be able to hop into a warm car.

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  6. Looked like a great trip. I bet you had a fantastic time.

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  7. Your dogs are so cute! So it the minivan. I never see them in that color but it’s awesome.

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  8. omg thats seems super cool, that inspire me so much that im planinig a road trip but in my country with my best friend i thing it will be great we will know more about us and our country. we will rent a car or minivan… the problem is the gas, you know its expencive, btw great photos.

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  9. Oh wow that road trip looks and sounds like so much fun! I would love to be able to ride in a minivan since it’s spacious and see all the different cities/states/roads. I love the first photo, looks so calm and serene.

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  10. I’m not a big mini van fan but this one does seem like a nice car to have.

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  11. That seems pretty good to me. I decided to go with a Honda Crv this time though

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  12. Seems like you have had this van on here before, right? I remember commenting on a vehicle that was a van before. Its a great vehicle if you have that much money to invest into a vehicle. As for me no.

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  13. Wow Under 70 Dollars For Gas Thats Amazing! Its Always Hard To Jump Back Into The Swing Of Things After Vacay. Hope You Had A blast.

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  14. Nice review and the gas mileage is very good for a minivan. this would make a great family car

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  15. Hello thanks for a great review, I have been trying to decide between a new suv, crossover, or minivan. I think you helped me narrow my choices. I love that it doesn’t look like the typical mom van. One of the things I like best is that it has a hands-free, voice activated entertainment system and an integrated back-up camera and blind spot indicator

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  16. Thank you for the detailed post, my mom has been trying to decide on something new for a while now. She has a 2 seat convertible, and their truck is getting old. She had a rental minivan and liked it, but she just can’t get past the ‘minivan’ part lol, she’s looking into SUVs. we live in Central NY so we need 4wd, and the heating/defrosting features are wonderful. It sounds like a great vehicle, I just don’t know if it would please her enough to make the investment. Great review.

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  17. I love the GPS. The Chrysler Town and Country looks very comfy! Also, the milage isn’t too shabby at all.

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  18. I wish I could afford to buy a car, but I can always browse around. This is a really nice looking van. I have always loved vans since they have so much more space.

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  19. I used to be mini-van naysayer too, but we now own one and love it! However, we don’t get near the gas mileage as it appears you did on this trip! That is awesome! Glad you are back safe and sound!

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    • We used the eco-saver mode on the freeway – a little less power but more gas mileage. It’s a trade off we’re ok with.

  20. We had one and loved it – several years back we went on a cross country trip from NY and the van performed like silk. We changed the oil when we got to California and continued on…fun fun fun.

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  21. The two dogs in one of the pictures are so cute. The van would very useful when there is snow.

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  22. The van is beautiful. My next vehicle purchase will be a good used mini van.

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  23. The mileage is great, but I’m used to all-wheel drive. Need it for the winter snow season here.

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  24. i am totally surprised, shocked and flabbergasted that you got that good of gas mileage. especially for a van! wow wee. i am very impressed. those are some really cute lil doggies got there …:-).

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  25. I had one of those cars that the seat belt didn’t fit right. Ruins the whole car, IMHO.

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  26. What a great looking vehicle! I love the navigation screen! Cute pups, too!

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  27. Wouldn’t leather seats get all scratched up? Never had them so I just don’t know about them.

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  28. I would love to have a minivan like this. It is amazing how nice it is compared to the minivans I have been in.

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  29. Very nice Minivan to take on a trip in the Pacific Northwest. I like that it has a GPS system to help me with finding the places that I am going to. When traveling, this is so important. Love the comfortable seats!

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  30. Happy to see your road trip here! I also think after all is said and done, mileage plays a big factor into choosing a cost effective car in the long run.

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  31. Those seats do look very comfortable! That is my least favorite part of road trips… lack of comfort. Stretch breaks are usually a must.

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  32. What a great looking minivan! The seats look very comfortable.

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  33. That is a pretty informative review on this 2013 minivan. I personally own a sienna (2003, toyota) but now I’m actually considering this minivan or at least one with similar features!

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    • Another own-it-until-it-dies person :) I’ve changed my mind and could actually own this as well! I’m trying to talk the hubby into leasing a car. At our age it’s not like we’re going to own it for 30 years like the last one :)

  34. That looks like a beautiful road trip

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  35. Good review, I would not have thought that a minivan would have that many nice amenities.

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  36. It’s great that the seats were comfortable for more than 5+ hours. The wind shield wipers would be the quickest tool that I would use if I lived in a rainy climate, so I think your using them is excusable! The remote start sounds like something that would’ve been extremely handy back when I was living in a colder climate. I totally get what you mean by the 6×6 windshield peering hole. I don’t think I took that big of a risk, but I do know that it gets freezing cold to have to withstand scraping off every last inch of the car windows when it’s less than 10 F outside.
    I enjoyed learning about the Chrysler Town & Country van and reading your entire trip review! Your dogs are beyond adorable; love their look of complete complacency!

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  37. After reading the series of reviews, I really want one! I am impressed. Thank you!

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  38. The gas miledge sounds good. I know Chrysler is known to be a great product! I love the 2 door van because it is so handy to get into and out of easily! This sounds like a great vehicle. Now, if you can get it for a good price that would be the icing on the cake!

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  39. I think you got really good gas mileage. Also I love the remote starter – yes I live in a cold area and right now it is snowing – I really hate the cold haha –

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  40. We have a 2006 Chrysler T&C and would LOVE to upgrade to a newer one BUT they don’t come in 8 seater. That is my only complaint about the T&C. Other than that I think it is an awesome van!

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  41. That blue light would probably bother me too. Looks like a great car and I really like the GPS.

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  42. I love that there are automatic warmers. What a great idea for cold places.

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  43. Now you can see about getting the seat belt in your car fixed better so it’s not so uncomfortable. Glad you had a good time in this minivan.

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    • Sadly there’s no way to fix it. They mounted them with a hard plastic extension from the floor and it’s part of the seatbelt assembly. I’ll keep driving my old van and the kid can have the newer car, although he says one of these days he’s going to give it back. We’ll see :)

  44. It does sound like a great vehicle! Thank you so much for the comprehensive review on it.

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  45. I am glad that you had a great time on your trip and I think that this van got very good gas mileage! I think your dogs are so cute and I liked the color of this minivan. I also would love to have the feature where the windows are already defrosted when you get in the car! What a great feature when living in a cold climate!

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    • I think my girls are awfully cute. After being in a house full of men, when the boys grew up and moved away, I got myself some girls so I could have frilly and pink things around :)

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