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Minivan performance: Interview

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has posted the second part of Ben Winter’s look at the 2011 Town & Country minivan; this one focuses on performance and handling capabilities. Winter covers the Pentastar V6 engine, which has 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque in minivans – the most powerful engine in the segment – and still gets 25 mpg highway. Winter said (among other things):

We’ve tuned all of the suspension pushings to provide a firm and confident ride…but also not so stiff that it becomes harsh and unpleasant over the harsh road. It provides good control of body movement, confidence in cornering and at the same time it absorbs undulation in the pavement and seams between pavement joints…we went to larger diameter shock absorbers to provide us a better capability to damp out road and pavement undulations. So this combination of stiffer springs and better damping capability in the shocks provides this nice ride and handling balance. … We’ve quieted down all kinds of road noise inputs, powertrain noise inputs, and wind noise inputs to provide an overall sound level inside the vehicle that is very pleasant.

Watch the video interviewAllpar coverage – 2011 minivans

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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