2023 Chrysler Voyager
The minivan still exists. Families still buy them, but not as many as once before. Just every other transportation solution, their prices keep on rising.
Whenever we get a new minivan to review, they usually arrive with the highest level of equipment or a showing off a new piece of technology. What some consumers want is a back-to-basics kind of vehicle that does a lot for the money.
Alongside the popular Chrysler Pacifica, Stellantis offers a commercial version made for fleets – the Voyager.
The exterior looks exactly like a 2020 Pacifica with the original front clip and taillight arrangement. It also looks a little plain compared to the Pacifica. However, the Voyager continues to be a very distinctive looking minivan. The glass profile remains with its front quarter glass for better front corner vision, and a reverse slant for the C-pillar side glass.
Our LX tester wears a set of 17-inch alloy wheels that offers a tall sidewall for better ride quality. The Voyager uses halogen headlamp units compared to the Pacifica’s LED lights.
The Voyager’s cabin may look like the Pacifica’s. However, it offers a nice cloth interior and a few luxuries removed compared to its sibling. Our tester came with a seven-seat configuration, with both the second-row captain’s chairs, and the third-row bench folded into the floor through the Stow’n Go system. It will provide a flat floor all the through the back of the first-row seats.
All three rows offer adult-size accommodations. Access to the third row is very easy with a quick release of each second-row seat and two power sliding doors for ease of entry and exit.
Storage is abundant with small little cubbyholes down the lower center stack, on the floor in-between the front seats, plus sliding storage places and more storage where the second-row seats fold into the floor. The Voyager is designed to take everything with you on any trips, including your work commute. And, there is a place for anything.
The Voyager offers plenty of excellent and concentrated controls. The transmission is controlled by a knob, while the electronic parking brake is a push button, all on the center stack. Capping the center stack is a seven-inch version of the UConnect 5 touchscreen. Instrumentation includes a customizable information screen in-between the speedometer and tachometer.
Powering our Voyager LX tester is the 287-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V6. The venerable engine is pretty responsive and quiet. This engine is connected to a nine-speed automatic sending power only to the front wheels.
We found the Pacifica great to drive. However, we also saw an average of 24.5 MPG in our care.
Our tester delivered with superior ride quality with absorbent suspension all around to ensure that it drives along without any negative feedback from the vehicle. Although handling is quite decent, some roll and lean is evident, we found that cornering was near flat below the limit.
The turning radius is very sharp for our Voyager tester, as it made quick work of tight maneuvers. Steering action felt a bit soft on-center with great response from its thick-rimmed wheel. Brakes are good with a solid feel at the pedal. Our Voyager yielded solid stops in both normal, panic, and winter situations.
The Voyager will cost less than the Pacifica, with prices for the LX model starting at $35,495. New vehicle sales is only restricted to commercial and fleet customers. Therefore, our tester did not come with a sticker price, but we found that you can get a similar pre-owned model for under $40,000 through Stellantis dealerships. The Chrysler Pacifica starts from $38,020 for a base model.
While purchasing a new Chrysler Voyager is set aside for commercial and fleet customers, you might get lucky and find one at your local pre-owned lot. In all, this is one of the best values in its class without breaking your bank. There may just be a few luxuries and conveniences enough for your family to enjoy the road trip.
Credits: CarSoup Editors