When production finally stopped on the old Dodge Caravan, that left a gap in the market for a cheap minivan: Enter the 2022 Chrysler Voyager. Based on the ritzier Chrysler Pacifica, the Voyager wears last year’s fashion—its styling is a rip-off of the pre-facelift Pacifica—and it’s been stripped of niceties such as leather upholstery and high-tech driver-assists to hit its budget-friendly price. A V-6 engine provides ample power, and there’s room for seven riders across three rows of seats. While some options are offered to help upgrade the Voyager to modern standards, the van’s value-oriented positioning makes it a tough sell against better equipped rivals such as the Honda Odyssey, the Kia Carnival, and the Toyota Sienna.
What’s New for 2022?
The Voyager goes fleet-only for 2022, meaning it’s no longer offered for sale to the general public. The base L trim has been dropped, leaving the LX as the only option. The van gains the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system, Stow ‘n Go second row seats, power sliding rear doors, a power-operated rear liftgate, a new in-cabin air filtration system, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel all as standard. A Safety and Premium Group package adds blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, in-dash navigation, a larger 10.1-inch infotainment display, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Silver Mist is now an available exterior color.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While you’ll need to be a fleet customer to order it, the Voyager’s value-oriented packaging offers plenty of equipment as standard. Those features include automatic headlamps, aluminum wheels, three-zone manual climate control, and a lot more.
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 75-mph 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 matches that of the Carnival and Odyssey, both chief competitors. For more information about the Voyager’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
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, automatic climate control, or rear-seat entertainment here, but the Voyager provides the same Stow ‘n Go capability that makes the Pacifica so versatile. 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 accommodate what its brother could (i.e., 12 carry-on suitcases with the rear seats up).
Infotainment and Connectivity
Chrysler provides a 3.5-inch digital display in the gauge cluster, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the center stack, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a six-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation. Bluetooth streaming and integrated voice control are also included but in-dash navigation, a larger 10.1-inch infotainment display, and SiriusXM radio are optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Looking for driver-assistance features? You won’t find many in the Voyager and nothing of the like is offered as standard. For more information about the Voyager’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Available rear parking sensors with rear automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Chrysler’s warranty coverage is fairly typical for the class. The Toyota Sienna offers more value here in the form of a two-year/25,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance plan.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance