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The Chrysler Voyager (it’s also called the Chrysler Grand Voyager) is a minivan made and sold by Chrysler since 1988. From 2008 onwards, it’s been in its fifth generation. Its predecessors are the American Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan that were renamed as the Chrysler Voyager to be sold in Mexico and Europe. Note that the Chrysler Voyager has been marketed as Lancia in some European countries apart from the U.K. and Ireland since 2011.
The Chrysler Voyager occupies a special niche in the automobile market, the one of luxury minivans (competition isn’t very strong here if compared with other markets). If you’re looking for a family vehicle, this model is a perfect choice. It offers a surprisingly spacious and practical cabin with three rows of seats and remarkably useful Stow ‘n Go storing and seating system. Going off on a faraway journey by it will never be a torture (like it can be with some other vehicles) but joyful and relaxing experience. Besides, the minivan is an excellent option for passenger transportation and business trips.
In comparison to the previously produced models, the fifth-generation Chrysler Voyager features sharper lines with some traditional elements (like the grille) preserved. The minivan’s squarer shape contributes to its easier control on the road (it’s 5,143 mm long and 1,953 mm wide). To enlarge interior room, the manufacturer used a bulging-out roof; to make the vehicle look more reliable, the sills were increased.
The Chrysler Voyager’s cabin is incredibly roomy, practical, and comfortable. In terms of spaciousness, it deserves to be called ‘luxurious’. Unfortunately, it isn’t such considering quality of the materials it uses. It’s disappointing to see hard cheap plastic here and there (there’s more of it at the front than at the back).
The Chrysler Voyager can accommodate up to seven passengers on three rows of seats: two passengers on each of the first two rows and three on the third row (2-2-3 is the seating arrangement peculiar of the North American vehicles). There’s lots of head and leg room in the second row, which features captain’s chairs, and even in the third one.
Thanks to Stow ‘n Go system, the Chrysler Voyager offers storage compartments under the floor and lets all five seats be folded into the floor. With all the seats in place, the minivan provides a huge boot of 756 litres. When they are folded up, it enlarges to immense 3,296 litres! However, the MPV lacks in storage compartments inside the cabin. There are not deep enough cup holders and rather narrow door pockets.
One of the Chrysler Voyager’s distinguishing features is the electrically operated sliding doors (the minivan among the few that can boast of it). They make climbing in and out of the vehicle considerably easier and let you access the rear seats even if it’s parked in a tight spot.
A person behind the Chrysler Voyager’s steering wheel enjoys sitting in a supportive seat and having a commanding view of the road. Despite the minivan’s dimensions, driving it is an easy job partly due to light but accurate steering.
Powertrain and Fuel Efficiency
The Chrysler Voyager adopted some constituents including the chassis, floorpan, and engine from the previously produced models.
A 3.8-litre petrol V6 engine that came with a 6-speed automatic transmission doesn’t power the Voyager anymore. The vehicle can be equipped with a 2.8-litre diesel CRD motor only, which is coupled with the same transmission type.
It generates 161 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 265 lb/ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. With 115 mph top speed, it accelerates the Chrysler Voyager to 62 mph in 12.8 seconds. The MPV emanates 207 g/km of CO2 and returns 35.8 mpg.
Safety and Other Equipment
Base Chrysler Voyager models are equipped with a power-operated tailgate, cruise and tri-zone automatic climate controls, etc. while more advanced minivans add 17-inch alloys, 6.5-inch touchscreen and two 9-inch overhead screens, 9-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and DVD player.
Besides, the Chrysler Voyager can offer the front seats that are heated and 8-way power-adjustable, driver’s seat with memory and power-adjustable lumbar support, and the seats trimmed in leather with suede inlays as well as fog lights, auto HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a sunroof.
Among safety features are two front, two front-side, and two curtain airbags; rear parking sensors and rear-view camera; specially equipped seats for children (two in the second and one in the third row); tyre pressure monitoring system; and traction and stability controls.
The Chrysler Voyager wasn’t tested by Euro NCAP as long as the model is of small-scale production. Probably, the manufacturer sighed with relief because the 2007 model failed the testing earning wretched two stars out of five. However, the Voyager’s latest generation is rather well equipped.
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