Chrysler Town & Country

BASE PRICE RANGE: $26,500-$38,000*
BODY TYPE: Midsize Minivan

WHAT'S NEW: Fiat management promises a sheetmetal refresh and better interior materials, fit, and finish for '11. What was supposed to be a face-lift could be as substantial as Ford's 2010 update of its Fusion midsize sedan. Expect a vehicle-specific smartphone app that includes product feature demo videos in addition to general vehicle, warranty, service info.

LOOK FOR: Serious powertrain changes make the minivan more competitive with new entries from Toyota and Honda.

SUM UP: Competent in a shrinking segment.
RATING: ***1/2

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Base Engine 3.6L/280-hp DOHC V-6*
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.6 sec*
Seats/Foldway 7/2nd, 3rd rows
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18/26 mpg*
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 4