Voyager nameplate back. The 2020 model year brought about the reintroduction of the Voyager nameplate – something we haven’t seen since the Plymouth Voyager rode off into the sunset following the 2003 model year. With the Plymouth brand long defunct, the Voyager becomes a part of the Chrysler lineup.

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager arrives as the result of the brand looking to make its Pacifica minivan stand alone as a more upscale people-hauling option. To achieve this, Chrysler removed the Pacifica’s two lowest trim levels, the L and LX, and donated them to the Voyager experiment.

This aligned the Voyager well with the lower-trimmed competitors and gave it an attractive starting price, but it may also add a little confusion on showroom floors. Here’s how the more value-oriented Chrysler Voyager stacks up against the competition.

Value-oriented, but still looks great. Like the big brother that spawned it, the Voyager is one of the sharpest minivans on the market. Of course, it's simpler than the Pacifica with its limited chrome details and basic wheel options, but it still has a stunning base design that stands out in the function-over-form minivan class.

Because Chrysler basically drove a wedge through the Pacifica lineup to create the Voyager, there were certain precautions put in place to prevent cannibalization. One measure was purposefully sandbagging the Voyager’s options.

This gives buyers the choice of the Voyager’s value or the Pacifica’s premium features, which may make it a tough decision for buyers stuck in the middle.

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Comfortable cabin, but lacks safety tech. The Voyager leaves no one behind with its eight-passenger seating. What’s more, everyone rides in comfort with well-padded seats in all three rows and plenty of legroom for all.

The latter checks in at 39 inches in the second row and 36.5 inches in the third row, which beats the Dodge Grand Caravan by 2.5 and 3.8 inches, respectively. The Voyager’s third-row also gets the better of the Toyota Sienna by 1.4 inches.

Buyers seeking more rear-seat roominess will find this in the Honda Odyssey, which offers 40.9 inches of second-row legroom and 38.1 inches of third-row legroom.

Though it’s a family van, you may want to consider other models if safety is top of mind, as the Voyager has limited safety tech. Buyers can opt for blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, but there's no available automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, or other critical stay-safe bits.

Buyers who must have this advanced safety gear can get it standard in the Sienna or as optional equipment in the Odyssey or Kia Sedona.

The Voyager does, however, offer respectable entertainment tech with its standard Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. It also includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While this standard smartphone integration is common in most passenger cars, the minivan segment is a mixed bag.

The Sedona is the only competitor that comes standard with both Apple and Android integration, and the Sienna offers standard Apple integration. The Odyssey offers Apple and Android integration, but it's standard only in EX and higher trims, and you can forget about any smartphone integration in the blast-from-the-past Grand Caravan.

Plenty of power, but lacking grip in the slippery stuff. The Voyager has plenty of power for its class, as it's 3.6-liter V6 pumps out a respectable 287 horsepower. Its standard nine-speed automatic transmission is also top-notch with smooth and precise shifts.

Where the Voyager falls behind some competitors is its lack of optional all-wheel drive for those in colder climates. The Sienna has long been the only minivan to offer this option, but the Voyager’s big brother, the Pacifica, will start offering it in 2021.

Final thoughts. With a starting price of $28,480, the 2020 Chrysler Voyager is among the cheapest minivans you can buy It's even cheaper than the Grand Caravan. And with its Pacifica-based body and interior, it boasts much of the styling that’s earned the Pacifica rave reviews.

The Voyager also offers gobs of comfort with its supportive seats and ample legroom that's matched only by its Pacifica source material and the Odyssey.

It also has loads of standard equipment for such a low price, but it falls surprisingly short in safety tech. Buyers seeking standard or optional advanced safety gear like automatic emergency braking can find it in virtually any competitor.

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