After hemming and hawing (practically my entire life) about how driving a minivan is the beginning of all-things-frumpy, I must retract some of my preconceived notions NOW. Is plush leather frumpy? No. Is a sweet DVD/sound system frumpy? No. Is a vehicle that revs up to 90mph almost as fast as my BMW did frumpy? Noooooo. See, I don’t take pictures with just any car. It’s gotta be special… I’ve got to feel connected to it. Yet, I’ve posted a pic of me with the Chrysler Town & Country that I got to drive for a week. Whoa. Hell has frozen over. As a journalist, I’m compelled to be objective and tell the truth. If you’ve been following this experiment, you’ve already gotten some of my truth. Now that I’m at the end of this project, my final truth is absolutely shocking to me. You see, the truth I THOUGHT I’d be telling you when I started this little drive-a-minivan-for-a-week project was this: Minivans suck. Don’t do it. Save yourself, your youth and your fabulousness.
NOT. THE. CASE. The Chrysler Town & Country has proven me wrong. Come to find out it’s pretty FAB in its own right. WATCH:
So I’ll give it to ya straight: I ENJOYED driving this car. Really. I loved the smell of the leather seats… they made me feel luxurious even on my worst days. I didn’t like the gear shift being in the wrong place, but the fab sunroof made up for it (see my previous post). I loved the automatic-opening/closing doors, and the fact that the vehicle is close enough to the ground for my toddler to get in and out of HERSELF. I didn’t like the red color (to loud… even for me). I loved how much SPACE the trunk boasted (waaaaaay much more space than our family SUV… which meant, more shopping for me). I didn’t like the way the navigation system worked (quite frankly, this particular design & method confused me… but I’m not exactly the most techie-person, so you most likely won’t have a problem with it). I loved the perfectly-convenient (and ample) spot carved out especially for my purse right in the front console area. I loved that the engine picked up and WENT – fast, like 80-90mph – when I slammed on the gas (please don’t tell CHP… remember, this was all in the name of testing and reporting back to you). I loved how my older daughter got really sad and whined and whined when I told her the red car had to go bye-bye (which I later discovered how she had lifted and stashed the DVD remote control so that the car returned to our house so we could properly return it to it’s proper place… the little sneak). I also loved how I drove all over LA on ONE tank of gas – and I do mean ALL OVER, from Pasadena, to Beverly Hills, to Hollywood, to Century City, to Burbank…. I even rocked this Town & Country on the CBS Studios lot like a real fab mom in a minivan who knows better not to waste money on vehicles that need to be filled up with gas every 3 days.
I guess I should mention that I didn’t like finding out that the price of this Town & Country starts at $299 for a 39-month lease (MSRP starts at $29,995). Boy, do we feel stupid for paying the monthly on our SUV now. So there you have it. If you are considering a minivan or just need a vehicle that can seat up to 7 – SEVEN!!! – people, consider the Town & Country. Even though it’s a minivan, I promise you will still be fab (we still are, at least I think so). :)
Disclosure: TheFabMom was given a Town & Country by Chrysler to drive for one week for the purpose of this review. This post is part of a Chrysler sponsorship. All opinions and experiences are my own.