by Michael Butler
The Chrysler Voyager has to be one of the most recognizable names in the world of minivans. The 2022 model is as capable as ever but it is now targeted only to the fleet market and not to the general public anymore. With a low purchase price and a trusted platform, you can't really go wrong here, and, considering it's essentially just a cheaper version of the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica, you know it has great potential. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 287 horsepower, the Voyager is a capable people carrier. Still, those looking for a premium family mover should look elsewhere like the Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey: the Voyager is a basic creature that offers little in terms of creature comforts, but who needs massaging seats when you've got a five-year-old kicking you in the back?
For 2022, the Voyager becomes a fleet-only minivan in a single trim level: LX. It is, therefore, no longer for sale to the general public but only to fleet buyers. It is usefully upgraded, though, benefiting from the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system that is power powerful and easier to use and running through a seven-inch touchscreen. The new system allows two phones to connect to it via Bluetooth simultaneously and supports Amazon Alexa voice control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition, Uconnect Market, and over-the-air updates. The LX also gets the Stow 'n Go folding rear seats as standard equipment, as well as a power tailgate, power sliding doors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an N95 cabin filter, and an inflatable spare-tire kit. Silver Mist is added as a new 2022 paint color. Lastly, the new Safety and Premium Group package brings rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, full-speed forward-collision warning, navigation, SiriusXM 360L and Guardian, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen together in one comprehensive optional package.
Possibly the most significant selling point of the 2022 Chrysler Voyager is its low cost when compared to the competition. With the base model now gone, the only remaining trim is the LX and it is expected to cost just a little bit more than last year with a starting price of around $30,800 excluding tax, registration fees, and a destination fee of $1,495. With tons of spare parts available, the Voyager's running costs should be minimal.
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Chrysler isn't known for building well-handling cars, and the Voyager builds on that legacy. It's not to say that the Voyager is a horrible car to drive, but it should be made clear from the start that this minivan will not be supplying any major thrills anytime soon. All that is expected of a minivan is a predictable driving experience and a well-damped suspension setup and the Voyager delivers these characteristics with aplomb. The light steering makes it simple to guide this mom-bus around tight corners and cramped parking lots on suburban and city streets. That same slight steering gains a bit of heft as soon as you hit the highway, but as with most of the cars in this class, steering feedback is non-existent. At low speeds, the Voyager soaks up bumps without complaint. At higher speeds, it can feel floaty but never feels out of control. At 70 mph, the Voyager is a comfortable cruiser, despite the noticeable wind noise.
Chrysler has managed to deliver a cost-effective and capable minivan that ticks most of the boxes and will be an easy car to live with daily. At its price point, it undercuts many of its competitors, and despite taking a knock in the features department, it still offers enough for most when you review your basic needs. Under the hood, the Chrysler offers sufficient poke to do the daily rounds and manages to keep its fuel addiction on the manageable side of things. This van behaves well on the road, and while it won't handle the corners as well as, say, the Honda Odyssey, it is still comfortable enough for long road trips. The cabin is spacious and doesn't feel cheap at all, but there are very little in the way of features, especially in the base model. The absence of any modern driver-assist technologies as standard is especially hard to swallow. Yes, the Voyager is a step down from the Pacifica, but it is still a brilliant deal for those who focus on value rather than luxury.
Firstly, you're only eligible if you're a fleet buyer, as the Voyager is no longer for sale to the general public. Secondly, you don't have a choice of models, since the LX is the only remaining trim this year. Therefore, it comes down to what extras you order to pesonalize it and, to this end, the Safety and Premium Group is indispensable to bring your Voyager up to the minimum safety standard.
These two cars are one and the same, but the Pacifica is a more upscale minivan. The Pacifica shed its L and LX trims a few years, which were simply rebranded as Voyager vans, so most of the stuff you see in the Voyager will be present here, only in a more upmarket package. The Pacifica runs the same V6 engine and transmission and can hold the same amount of people and amount of cargo. The only significant difference here is the available number of features, an increase in the asking price, and the availability of AWD for the Pacifica. Also, the Pacifica is offered in hybrid guise. The Chrysler Pacifica starts at a significantly higher $35,820 for the Pinnacle AWD model cost over $54,000. That said, these prices offer standard features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and rear cross path detection, all of which aren't standard on the Voyager. If you're looking for a more premium experience and don't mind the extra cost, then you can't go wrong with the Pacifica.
The base FWD Sienna starts at $34,560 and is a hybrid by default, offering fuel economy that, at 36/36/36 mpg, is vastly superior to the Voyagers. It seats eight people by default but doesn't offer the Voyager's nifty Stow 'n Go rear seats, which means the Voyager's total cargo volume with all seats folded is a huge 40% more. It is also more powerful than the Toyota. The Sienna feels like a missed opportunity by Toyota to finally give it the interior configurability that the Chrysler minivans have had for years. So, despite being so much newer in concept, it fails to edge past the high-value Voyager, which can be reasonably equipped with the most important safety features for less than the cheapest Sienna. That being said, if fuel economy and available AWD are that important to you, the Toyota has an edge - at a significant price hike over the Voyager.
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