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5 macho minivans for the average Joe

2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
  • Price: $31,525
  • Macho factor: accommodates 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood with rear hatch closed
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 17 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg

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.

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