2021 Chrysler Voyager
In case you didn’t get the memo, the Dodge Grand Caravan is official, leaving the 2021 Chrysler Voyager as the only choice for a budget minivan from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. And budget-friendly it is, with a sub-$30,000 price tag and equipped with only the bare necessities. A cheapo version of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the Voyager is powered by a V-6 engine, offers room for up to seven passengers across three rows of seats, and provides ample room for cargo. While we haven’t driven the Voyager, we know that it should deliver largely the same refined driving behavior as the Pacifica since they are essentially the same vehicle. A note to our Canadian readers: In the Great White North, the Voyager will be sold under the Dodge brand wearing the Grand Caravan moniker.
What’s New for 2021?
Not much has changed on the Voyager for 2021, but Chrysler has improved the van’s optional driver-assistance hardware to include updated radar and camera sensors that can detect pedestrians and alert the driver or attempt to mitigate. The Voyager’s suite of driver-assistance features remains optional for 2021, as part of the Safety Tec package.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Mechanically, the Voyager is identical to the Pacifica, using the same 287-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. In our testing, the Pacifica managed a 7.3-second sprint to 60 mph. Given this van forgoes some of the features that weigh down its brother, the Voyager likely weighs less than the Pacifica and thus has the potential to beat that time. Don’t hold your breath for a hybrid. Chrysler will reserve that powertrain for the pricier minivan in its lineup.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
We haven’t had the opportunity to test the Voyager on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy loop, but for reference, the last nonhybrid Pacifica we tested achieved 31 mpg. The Chrysler vans both earn EPA estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Voyager’s 22 mpg combined score betters that of the Kia Sedona and matches that of the Honda Odyssey, both chief competitors.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
As with the exterior styling, powertrain, and chassis, the Voyager’s interior mimics that of the Pacifica, albeit with fewer creature comforts. You won’t find leather seats, in-dash navigation, automatic climate control, or power-sliding side doors here. What’s more, the Voyager provides Stow ‘n Go capability only for the rear bench seats. If you want the second row to fold into the floor, you’ll need to shell out around $35,000 for the base Pacifica. You can, however, tuck away valuables in the underfloor cubbies in front of the captain’s chairs if you opt for the LX trim. Behind the third row, the Voyager boasts the same 32 cubic feet of cargo volume as the Pacifica. So while we have yet to put this van through our practical space tests, we feel safe saying that the Voyager will be able to accommodate what its brother could (i.e., 12 carry-on suitcases with the rear seats up).