2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
Macho factor: Accommodates 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood with rear hatch closed
Gas mileage: City 17 miles per gallon; highway 25 miles per gallon
Because it can carry full-size sheets of plywood or Sheetrock in good or foul weather, the Town & Country, with its fold-in-floor Stow ’n Go seating, is indispensable for weekend home-improvement projects.
Dodge builds a less expensive version, but Bankrate chose the Chrysler because the Town & Country was the highest-ranking minivan in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study.
Moreover, automotive data firm R.L. Polk recognized the Town & Country for having the most loyal owners for 12 consecutive years. More than 31 percent of Town & Country minivans replaced last year were replaced with another Town & Country.
Seating up to seven, it has 33 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seat. A 283-horsepower V-6 turns the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Touring model is the entry-level option. Despite all of its premium trappings, such as leather seating, trizone automatic climate control and rear-seat entertainment system, it falls in the middle of the pack in price.