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2021 Chrysler Voyager Review

The 2021 Chrysler Voyager is extremely affordable for a brand-new minivan. But its reasonable pricing means not so many features are available. Don’t expect powered sliding side doors, captain’s chairs in the second row, or a hands-free liftgate. Even advanced safety features that are standard in pricier rivals — like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, or blind-spot monitoring — are optional here. And adaptive cruise control isn’t even on the menu.

The Voyager offers only the minimum in connectivity technology, but its Uconnect 4 interface system is easy to operate and includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, plus, in the higher LX trim, satellite radio.

The story behind this minivan, now in its second year of production, is that Chrysler separated the Pacifica’s lower L and LX trim levels to create a more accessible alternative for budget buyers. Since they share the same basic body, the looks are extremely similar, although the Pacifica has been updated for 2021.

Now that the Dodge Grand Caravan has been discontinued, the Voyager is the least expensive new minivan from the entire Fiat Chrysler corporation. The Pacifica is pricey, but also offers all-wheel drive and even a plug-in hybrid version.

What’s New for 2021?

The optional SafetyTec package of driver aids gains forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. See the 2021 Chrysler Voyager models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Affordability
  • Muscular V6 engine
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Third-row Stow ’n Go seats
  • Decent crash test scores

What We Don’t

  • Limited driver-assist/safety features are optional
  • Not many convenience features

How Much?

$28,730-$31,540

Fuel Economy

The Voyager has a 3.6-liter V6 producing 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This links to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel-drive is the sole configuration. The engine has an automatic stop/restart function to save some fuel while idling.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuel consumption is estimated at 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg in combined driving.

These EPA figures are from 2020, but we don’t expect 2021’s to be any different.

Standard Features and Options

The 2021 Chrysler Voyager 7-seater minivan comes in L and LX trim levels. Prices include a $1,495 destination charge.

The Voyager L trim ($28,730) has 17-in steel wheels with covers, heated side mirrors, dual-zone manual climate control, cruise control, trip computer, power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, second-row bench seats, third-row Stow ’n Go seats, eight airbags, a 12-volt outlet, Bluetooth connectivity, and the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-in touchscreen, voice control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, AM/FM radio, USB port, auxiliary audio input, and a 6-speaker sound system.

Tri-zone manual climate control is optional at this level.

LX ($31,540) adds a more comfortable Touring-tuned suspension, automatic on/off headlights, 17-in alloy wheels, tri-zone manual climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row in-floor storage bins, ambient cabin lighting, and satellite radio.

Options include a roof rack, rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a single overhead screen, heated front seats, heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a remote start function.

Both trim levels are eligible for the SafetyTec package bringing full-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection (newly added for 2021), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and ParkSense rear parking sensors with automatic braking. In the L trim, this package also includes one-touch up/down power front windows, which are standard in the LX.

Technically, there’s a third trim, LXi ($34,740), but this is only available to fleet buyers. It adds power-sliding side doors, roof rack, self-dimming rearview mirror, retractable second-row sunshades, full-length floor console, universal garage door opener, simulated leather upholstery, Stow ’n Go second-row seats, Auto Advance ’n Return drivers-side second-row seat, and an alarm. Options include 8-occupant seating, powered rear liftgate, and KeySense to control various driver parameters. If Joe or Jane Public wanted these features, they’d have to look at a Chrysler Pacifica.

Safety

The 2021 Voyager has the usual required safety systems, like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a rearview camera. It also provides eight airbags, including knee airbags for front occupants.

In crash tests carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Voyager earned an overall score of five stars out of five, with five stars apiece for front and side protection, and four stars from the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Voyager top marks of Good in most major crashworthiness categories, but the front passenger-side small overlap test resulted in a second-best score of Average.

Behind the Wheel

The Voyager is an ideal people mover with lots of passenger space. Outward vision is good, and drivers will like the raised position. The V6 engine provides ample power, so getting up to freeway speeds is stress-free. The cabin is quiet, and the ride quality is comfortable, especially in the LX trim with its Touring-tuned suspension.

There’s a lot of luggage room (32.3 cubic feet) behind the third-row seat. The Stow ’n Go seats in the third row fold flat into the floor, which saves trying to lift them out and then finding somewhere to store them. This opens up 87.5 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. When row two is folded, there’s a maximum cargo area of 140.5 cubic feet.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Kia Sedona — Terrific value. Plenty of equipment for the money, starting at $31,520. The Sedona also enjoys that impressive Kia powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. A new generation is expected for 2022.

Used Toyota Sienna — The Sienna brings Toyota quality to the minivan class. It performs well; it’s comfortable and provides a lot of technology. A new generation debuts for 2021, so a used version would be more budget-friendly. It also offers all-wheel drive. Check out Toyota’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

Questions You May Ask

What’s the difference between the Chrysler Voyager and the Pacifica?

The Voyager is essentially a lower-priced Pacifica minivan. It replaces the erstwhile Pacifica L and LX models. But it doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, or a plug-in hybrid variant like the revamped-for-2021 Pacifica does, or powered sliding side doors, or a 10.1-inch infotainment display, or Amazon Alexa compatibility, or…

How reliable is a 2021 Chrysler Voyager?

The RepairPal website doesn’t have specific reliability data for the Voyager or the Pacifica. But it does have an overall rating for Chrysler in general, marking it 11th out of 32, or 3.5 stars out of five. Which, if our calculator works correctly, is comfortably above average.

Where is the 2021 Chrysler Voyager built?

At the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, alongside the Chrysler Pacifica.

Autotrader’s Advice

If it’s purely a case of buying something basic for the school run, soccer practice, and general errands, then the L will probably suffice. If road trips are in the plans and greater comfort is required, choose the LX. Either way, select the optional SafetyTec package. When there’s a whole family on board, those driver aids could prove invaluable. Find a Chrysler Voyager for sale

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