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Hey Everyone,

My wife and I are in the market for a van as our family is quickly outgrowing our CRV and we need a second car anyway at this point. Went to a few dealers today to look at the Town and Country, Odyssey, and Sienna. I've narrowed it down to most likely the Town and Country or a Sienna. We are looking in the used market seeking to keep it between 15-20k and are looking to try and stay below 50k in mileage.

I really liked the Town and Country because of features such as the Stow and Go Seating plus the leather interior and all the standard features that come with the touring model, however, I am concerned about the reliability aspect. While I know any and all cars can have issues, trying to get some thoughts from others. Here's the cars we are currently looking at:

2010 Town and Country- $14,990 49,007 miles
http://www.driversvillage.com/web/used/Chrysler-Town-Country-2010-Cicero-New-York/16699587/

2013 Town and Country Touring- $19,990 33,330 miles
http://www.driversvillage.com/web/used/Chrysler-Town-Country-2013-Cicero-New-York/17836338/

2013 Town and Country $20,890 41,000 miles
http://www.usedcarking.com/used/Chrysler/2013-Chrysler-Town+&+Country-Syracuse+NY-65487b0f0a0a00de47e32ccd86b017ae.htm

2013 Town and Country Touring- $20,790 39,648 miles
http://www.usedcarking.com/used/Chrysler/2013-Chrysler-Town+&+Country-Syracuse+NY-5e43c5c30a0a00e0367cc59da3c9090f.htm

2011 Toyota Sienna LE $20,995 57,930 miles- Toyota Certified
http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/622792475/overview/

2013 Toyota Sienna LE $20,933 44,858 miles
http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/622441160/overview/

2013 Toyota Sienna LE $21,995 23,141 miles
http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/609056367/overview/

Just looking for some thoughts. Overall I like the Town and Country from the standpoint of interior, features, etc… However, the Toyotas will probably hold their value better and as mentioned earlier, I’m slightly concerned about the reliability of the Town and Country. Any thoughts or input is welcome.

Thanks!

Kevin
 

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In my experience, stow and go is convenient, but the seat padding is thin to allow the feature, and it not very comfortable because of this. I would rather have everyday comfort over a feature that I would not use every often.

In general, the law of averages will put the Toyota well ahead of the Chrysler for reliability.
 

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My wife and I are in the same boat. We are considering the Town & Country and the Sienna. Our strategy to figure out which would suite our needs best was to rent one of each and evaluate the functionality of all the amenities and options. We rented a 2015 Town & Country from Avis in Portland, Oregon and found it to be a nice vehicle as far as the interior and exterior goes. However, the tuning on the 3.6L V6 engine and automatic transmission were terrible. The vehicle didn't know when to shift or not and the resulting engine RPM bursts made it feel as though it was struggling to keep up in traffic.
We have a plan to rent a Sienna real soon, but based on the breif dealer test drive we did in one recently, I'm leaning towards the Sienna for sure.
 

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I have owned both, currently I own a Sienna. I had a 2008 Town and Country Touring and I must say it was a great van! There are PROS and CONS to each, if I had the choice again I would choose another Chrysler van. The Chrysler I had was equipped with the 3.8 v6 and 62te transmission. I was not fond of that combo, it was sluggish and only averaged 19 MPG. My Sienna has way more power and I average 24 MPG with it. Both vans have been solid, I as well as a very close friend owe our lives to Chrysler.

I was running late for work one morning and hit a patch of ice causing me to plummet off of the road at 50 MPH. My Town and Country slammed into a tree, bounced off of the tree, did a spin, took out a telephone pole, and slid down an embankment. The police thought for sure I was dead, I literally got out of the van and walked to my Grandfather's Grand Caravan. All the airbags deployed and the vehicle held up very well.

Not even a month later one of my best friends was driving his parent's 2012 Town and Country Limited when he was in a head on collision with a Semi. He had broken ribs and was extremely sore for a while but he is alive and made a full recovery. They replaced it with a 2013 Town and Country Limited which is their 6th Chrysler van.

I do like the way my Sienna drives much better than a new Town and Country, the Chrysler 3.6 is a good engine but the 62te transmission is clunky and rough. I took a trip recently and took their Town and Country since my Sienna has 126000 miles on it, they loved driving my Sienna due to its smooth transmission.

I say both vans are great, I'll admit I have a soft spot for Chrysler. I would still recommend a Sienna to anyone as well.
 

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Test driving is a god-sent gift! If anything, it will help you to get a perspective. I'm in the market for a Sienna as well, gonna buy it by the end of the year, or maybe even sooner.
 

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Stow n go seating to some is a plus but they are so into the idea of having it that they fail to pay attention not only to the limited padding but the seat size itself, not great for those long rides/trips.
 

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We just went through this dilemma! I'll tell you how it played out for us.

Vacationing in Maui, we went with my in-laws, so we rented a van at Kahului airport. Town and Country Touring L with leather, navigation (430N), RVC, etc etc. Great vehicle to drive on Vacation. Driving it in ECO mode makes it feel gutless. Once you turn that off, it's a completely different vehicle.

Looked at a bunch of Sienna's recently as we're expecting baby #3.

Toyota L comes with base model cloth seats (I already have 2 messy boys). LE comes with Easy Clean seats, but still, that light grey / creme would be black by the time they were done. The L/LE comes with dual slide side doors, but not motorized rear liftgate. If motorized liftgate is important to you, then the SE is the bottom choice for Toyota. It'll also increase your cost.

The T&C packs a lot of features standard, or you can usually find an ex fleet rental for pretty cheap. 2nd row Stow and Go seats are pretty cool, but they're definitely thinner than the Sienna Seats. Buddy of mine just bought one with 40k miles on his and bought the extended warranty for $4k for 6 years or 120k more miles. The FCA program he bought is an insurance product with a deductible.

The Toyota ECP is $1200-1600 depending and is an actual warranty.

If Safety is your biggest concern, watch the IIHS Youtube Video.

In the end, We bought a '13 Sienna SE with 40k miles on it.
 
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