While the name Voyager may be new to some, it is, in fact, a very old nameplate that once belonged to Plymouth, a subdivision of Chrysler. However, that van was discontinued decades ago, and we thought we would never see the Voyager again. Instead, Chrysler has resurrected the brand, although it is not actually a new minivan at all. Instead, the lowest trim levels of the popular Pacifica minivan have been rebranded as the budget Voyager, with a low starting price of $26,985. You still get the same V6 engine, with an ample 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, but you won't be able to get all the high-tech features available on the Pacifica. Instead, the Voyager is all about high utility and value for money. It may not be as refined as some higher-cost rivals, but the Chrysler Voyager will definitely appeal to the minivan shopper on a tight budget.
The Voyager is not truly a new vehicle, even if the nameplate is. The minivan essentially represents the lowest trim levels of the Chrysler Pacifica, and comes equipped almost exactly as its forebears did for 2019. Each model gets the Voyager badge on the tailgate, while the LX gets SiriusXM and second-row captain's chairs.
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Good looks aren't a primary concern when it comes to passenger minivans, but that doesn't mean they have to be ugly. The Chrysler Voyager cuts a pretty attractive figure with its sleek lines and aerodynamic bumper. The roof is long and flat, giving the rear a bit of a boxy look, though. The front grille is slim and curves up over the quad halogen headlights. Riding on 17-inch steel wheels, the minivan gets four doors and a liftgate rear door. The side sills and bumper are body-colored, although side steps and running boards are available. Sliding rear doors and an available power liftgate are reserved for the fleet-only LXi.
Minivans are not small vehicles and the Voyager's dimensions are about average for the segment. The 121.6-inch wheelbase is easily accommodated by the Voyager's overall length of 203.8 inches. The minivan stands quite tall at 69.9 inches, and could be tricky to park with its 79.6-inch width. It is a bit lighter than rivals, though, partly thanks to its sparse list of features. The Voyager weighs in at 4,330 lbs, while the Honda Odyssey starts at 4,354 lbs and the Kia Sedona at 4,411 lbs.
As minimalist as the list of standard features is, the Voyager's color palette consists of only six hues. All these paints are available as standard on both trim levels, with no optional premium paints. Color choices comprise Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Velvet Red Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, and Bright White.
Performance isn't usually where minivans shine, and the Chrysler Voyager is no exception. It gets a pretty decent 287-hp V6 engine, with an ample 262 lb-ft on tap, but with its long body and hefty weight, it will never be an athletic vehicle. Chrysler hasn't released acceleration figures for the minivan, because why would anyone really bother trying to sprint the poor beast of burden? Independent tests of the Pacifica - essentially a better-specced variant of the Voyager - claimed that the minivan could get up to 60 mph from idle in a relatively impressive 7.3 seconds.
No all-wheel-drive is offered for the Voyager, but that's not unusual for the segment, with the Toyota Sienna being the unique exception. Still, even with only front-wheel-drive, the minivan can tow up to 3,600 lbs. This is a bit more than rivals like the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona, which each max out at 3,500 lbs.
A single engine is available to the Chrysler Voyager. The 3.6-liter V6 comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, developing 287 hp and 262 lb-ft for the front wheels only. Despite the large size of the vehicle, the powertrain does a great job of pulling it around town. It isn't overly quick, but that's not unexpected for a segment that values safety and reliability over fun. Still, the Voyager never feels lacking for power, even when laden with passengers and cargo. Passing on the highway should probably not be attempted, however, especially when carrying a full load.
While by no means a thrilling driver, the Chrysler Voyager is competent on the road. The steering is light enough for maneuvering around town, which is great because the long, girthy minivan is hardly nimble. At higher speeds, it gains a little heft, but you'll never get much feedback from the wheels, so you'll be relying on your commanding seating position to provide you with information about where the edges of the vehicle are.
The suspension is quite good for such a bulky car, absorbing most road abrasions without too much fuss. The cabin may bounce around a bit over larger bumps, but load in some passengers and cargo, and the ride smooths out as the increased weight keeps the body stable. This is not a vehicle you should try to drive with any degree of thrill-seeking, as the handling simply cannot cope with anything more than neurotic soccer-mom levels of driving.
The active noise cancellation from the sound system helps to deliver a quieter ride when the music is playing, but wind and road noise are ever-present, even at minimal levels. Overall, the Voyager is nothing to write home about, but you won't complain about it either.
Large vehicles like minivans seldom get impressive mileage figures, and most V6 engines aren't known for their fuel economy. Despite these factors, the Voyager does quite well for itself, managing to get 19/28/23 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. Similar minivans like the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona achieve 19/28/22 mpg and 18/24/21 mpg, respectively. With a 19-gallon tank full of regular gasoline, the Chrysler minivan is able to haul passengers and cargo for up to 437 miles before needing to make a pit stop.
Minivans aren't known for their luxurious interiors, but the Chrysler Voyager bucks that trend somewhat, offering a more upscale interior than you might expect from this price bracket. It isn't as plush as the Pacifica, but it still has premium upholstery, even if there is a lot of hard plastic on display. The controls for the features are well laid-out, though, and accessing the infotainment system is a breeze. There is enough space for seven passengers and quite a bit of luggage, even with all the seats in place.
The Voyager is quite spacious, matching, if not beating, the passenger capacity of its minivan rivals. As standard, it comes with seating appointments for up to seven passengers - two front bucket seats, a two-seat second-row bench, and a three-seat third-row bench. On the LX, the second row gets captain's chairs instead. There is plenty of headroom for all three rows, and the first and second row get ample legroom for most adults. The third row is slightly tighter, but it could still accommodate an adult. The L comes standard with a six-way manual driver's seat, but this is upgraded to an eight-way power seat with lumbar on the LX. Visibility is pretty good for the driver, but the vehicle's long length and possible rear passenger can create large blind spots. Getting in and out is easy thanks to the rear sliding doors, and accessing the third row is even easier on the LX thanks to the captain's chairs.
While there isn't much in the way of choice of materials or colors, the cabin is well-built and the materials used are all quite high-quality. The seats are upholstered in premium cloth as standard, with a choice of either Black or Toffee hues. The rest of the interior is accented in Black with Alloy trim, or Cognac with Alloy trim, respectively. The fleet-only LXi is the only trim that offers UltraTec leatherette seats. The steering wheel is urethane as standard, although a leather-wrapped option is available. The floor of the interior is carpeted and the dash and door panels are wrapped in plastic. The more rugged materials are a pity, but not surprising at this price point.
While the Chrysler minivan offers excellent cargo capacity, it is not as spacious as some rivals. Behind the third-row seats, the Voyager presents buyers with 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This is certainly enough for daily errand running, and it should accommodate all the school bags of the neighborhood kids, but it may not be enough for everyone's luggage over an extended trip. The third-row seats can be folded down flat using Chrysler's Stow 'n Go feature to expand the trunk to a more capacious 87.5 cubic feet. While that should be more than enough room for up to five people's luggage, you can still fold down the second-row seats to make room for larger items in the provided 140.5 cubic feet of space. In the LXi, the second-row seats feature Stow 'n Go functionality, too.
There is quite a bit of extra storage space around the cabin, too. There are cupholders provided for all three rows of seats, and while the rear doors don't get pockets, the front seats get relatively spacious ones. There is a standard passenger-side glove compartment and overhead storage as well.
Sitting at the budget end of the price spectrum, the Voyager doesn't offer a particularly long list of features. It comes with the bare bones, but, for many, that will be enough. Standard features on the L comprise air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, a 3.5-inch driver information display, two 12-volt power outlets, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and a six-way manual driver's seat. The LX only adds tri-zone climate control and an eight-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar, but these are much-desired upgrades. The fleet-only LXi model gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Features made available through optional packages include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist, remote engine start, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
If you thought the comfort and convenience features were sparse, be ready to be even less impressed with the infotainment offering. Only six speakers are provided throughout the cabin. Still, the seven-inch touchscreen comes installed with Bluetooth, integrated voice commands, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, which is quite nice on such an affordable vehicle. AM/FM Radio comes standard, but SiriusXM is added when you upgrade to the LX. The LX and LXi also get access to an optional DVD player, which comprises a single screen that folds down from the ceiling for rear passengers to view.
The Voyager has not received a dependability rating from J.D. Power, although the Chrysler Pacifica, which is essentially the same vehicle, is rated at 73 out of 100. Similarly, the Pacifica was recalled several times in 2019: the rearview camera may be faulty, power steering may fail, the engine may stall, and the voltage regulator may malfunction. Chrysler offers a 36,000-mile/36-month limited warranty, while the powertrain warranty and roadside assistance package are valid for 60,000 miles/60 months.
Although the minivan has not been crash-tested by the IIHS, the Chrysler Voyager received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA.
Safety features on the Voyager minivan are quite limited, with only the most basics coming standard on the L trim. These features include ABS, stability and traction control, and eight airbags: dual front, front knee, front side, and side curtain. These features can be expanded through the SafetyTec Group on the LX with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist.
Minivans are not overly appealing vehicles, despite their inherent practicality and value for money. They are not attractive or flashy, do not boast engaging driving dynamics, and can be a bit of a nightmare to maneuver around town due to their size. Still, it is a segment worth considering if you have a large family or frequently have to lug your kids' friends around town.
The Chrysler Voyager is not a new vehicle, even if it is a newly resurrected nameplate. In fact, it builds on the good name of the Chrysler Pacifica and will be a popular choice going forward due to the fact that it plays specifically on the strengths of the minivan segment. It offers exemplary passenger and cargo space, and a pretty upscale interior for its price. And it's the minivan's price that makes it a particularly good choice.
True, the Honda Odyssey is a bit more refined, especially at the upper trim levels, but you need to pay a pretty tidy sum for those. It comes with more extensive features and just as many, if not more, utility options. But, if you are already supporting a large family, what matters to you most may not be whether or not your chair swivels in a few more directions, or if it takes you a few more seconds to load the trunk. No, what you will care about is if you're getting the best bang for your buck. And when it comes to value for money, the Chrysler Voyager certainly makes a good case for itself.
For the level of quality provided, the Chrysler has a pretty reasonable starting price tag. Getting behind the wheel of the entry-level L will only cost you $26,985, and even the top-tier LX is quite affordable at $29,795. While the list of features isn't as extravagant as the top-tier trims of some rivals, the Voyager is still great value for money. These prices are MSRP and don't include tax, registration, licensing, or Chrysler's destination charge of $1,495.
Three trims make up the new Chrysler Voyager range. The L and LX are available to all consumers, while the LXi can only be leased for fleet purposes. Every model is powered by the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 287 hp and 262 lb-ft. This power is regulated by a nine-speed automatic transmission and directed towards the front wheels only.
The entry-level L model gets 17-inch steel wheels and halogen headlights with daytime running lights. A six-way manual driver's seat and four-way manual passenger seat come standard, along with air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and two 12-volt power outlets. A seven-inch touchscreen interface controls the infotainment, which comprises Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth. Six speakers channel the sound throughout the cabin.
The LX retains the same premium cloth upholstery as the standard model, but the driver's seat is upgraded with eight-way power-adjustability and two-way lumbar support. Tri-zone climate control makes the cabin a bit more habitable and SiriusXM Radio bolsters the limited infotainment suite. It also gets automatic headlights.
The fleet-only LXi model gets sliding rear passenger doors, remote engine start functionality, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The interior comes upholstered in leatherette with a Stow 'n Go second-row seat, and it is the only model that offers an available power liftgate.
There are a few ways to customize your Voyager minivan, but, for the most part, you are limited to the base offerings. All three models can be had with the SafetyTec Group ($495), which adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Parksense rear parking assist. The Cold Weather Group ($495) is only for the LX and LXi, and includes heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote engine start. Tri-zone climate control can be added to the base L trim for $445, while the LX and LXi can install an overhead DVD player for $995.
While the $3k price hike over the price of the base L trim may put the LX out of reach of those on a tighter budget, we still recommend it as the better buy. It's true that it doesn't offer much over the base model, but the eight-way power driver's seat and tri-zone climate control are worth the upgrade. The SiriusXM and automatic headlights are bonuses. The L also doesn't get access to the optional DVD player or heated front seats.
The Chrysler Voyager is quite literally simply a subsection of the Chrysler Pacifica. The lower trim levels of the Pacifica, the L and LX, were rebranded as the Voyager. As such, both vehicles get the exact same dimensions, the same powertrain (287 hp and 262 lb-ft), and the same amount of passenger and cargo space. The only difference is the list of standard and available features, and the subsequent increase in price. The Pacifica also offers a hybrid option. The cheapest Pacifica starts at $33,745 and comes with more standard features than the top Voyager. A fully loaded Pacifica will cost you $45,790. If you want a minivan for utility as well as comfort, and have the cash to spare, the Pacifica is the plusher buy, but if you're on a tight budget, the Voyager will serve you better.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is very similar to the Voyager, being another of the more economy-focused minivans on the market. But that being said, it doesn't offer the same level of affordability as the Chrysler, with a rather unimpressive 17/25/20 mpg fuel economy. This is a bit surprising, considering it gets a similarly powered 283-hp V6. Still, the Grand Caravan has a similar starting price tag of $28k, and offers the same level of utility with fold-flat rear seats and plenty of standard cargo space. But the Dodge doesn't supply much in the way of modern infotainment features, having not changed that much since it was first introduced way back in 2008, and comfort and convenience are very limited. Overall, the Chrysler Voyager provides much better value for money.
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