Same van. Different name. How much is premium really worth?
Chrysler has revived the Voyager nameplate for the 2020 model year as a budget version of the Pacifica. And now we know just how much cheaper it will be.
According to CarsDirect, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica will carry a starting price of $34,990 – exactly $6,510 more than the Voyager, which starts at $28,480. While the two models are essentially the same vehicle, the reborn Voyager lacks some of the Pacifica's premium features, including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. It still comes standard with a 3.5-inch display in the gauge cluster, though, and a seven-inch touchscreen featuring the Uconnect infotainment system.
Compared to the 2019 Pacifica, the cheapest 2020 model is $6,260 more. Bear in mind the 2020 Pacifica will not offer the L and LX trims, previously the most affordable ones. That job has now been reassigned to the Voyager.
What Chrysler has essentially done is to eliminate the bare bones Pacifica trims and replaced them with a new nameplate. Doing so will enable the Pacifica to go even more upscale. The base Touring, with its aforementioned price, is followed by the Touring L ($38,240), Touring L Plus ($41,040,), and Limited ($45,940). Do the quick math and the spread between the cheapest Voyager and the most expensive Pacifica is over $17,400.
Cheap the latest Pacifica is not, but neither are its main competitors when also fully equipped, such as the 2019 Toyota Sienna ($49,090) and 2019 Honda Odyssey ($47,070). We're still waiting for the latest pricing updates for the latter two, but we highly doubt there will be significant changes. Also worth pointing out is that the outgoing base 2019 Chrysler Pacific L began at $28,230 – only $250 less than the base 2020 Voyager.
Chrysler evidently prefers to keep the Pacifica as a luxury minivan, with the Voyager slotting in beneath it. What remains to be seen is how the replacement for the aging Dodge Grand Caravan will fit into the picture.