Play word association with the average automotive consumer, and “Chrysler” would most likely evoke, “minivan.” No surprise, considering the company pioneered the concept back in 1984. Since then, Chrysler has ceaselessly effected improvements to this family favorite in order to maintain the lion’s share of what has become a very competitive market. The crown jewel of Chrysler’s minivan efferts has always been the Town & Country, and for 2002 no less than seven models are offered: LX, EX, LXi, Limited, LX AWD (all wheel drive), LXi AWD and Limited AWD. Chrysler offers each with a variety of equipment groups and packages, so potential buyers really need to study each model to obtain the desired features. For example, the LX model can be optioned with the Climate Group III that includes sunscreen glass, 3 zone temperature-control air conditioning, and rear air conditioning with heater and particular air filter. Or, this group can be had as part of the H Package, which also includes a 160-amp alternator, an overhead console, remote keyless entry system, illuminated entry system and headlamp off time delay.
For the whole enchilada, buyers can opt for the K Package (standard in all wheel drive models) that includes all of the above plus low back reclining seats, intermediate Quad-Command bucket seats and a rear 50/50- split 3 passenger side power sliding door and an AM/FM stereo/cassette with CD. The LXi contains many of the LX’s options as standard equipment, but offers a U Package that adds 16-in. alloy wheels, security alarm, Sentry Key engine immobilizer, leather seating surfaces and more.