Ace of Base: 2020 Chrysler Voyager
Digging up names from the past is a popular hobby at most car makers, to the point that a few of them would be well served to hire their own archaeologists to smooth out the process. Some are wantonly ditched prematurely in the pursuit of alphanumerics (*ahem* Legend, Vigor *ahem*) while others are relegated to the dustbin of history after being appended to a particularly horrid car.
Others simply slip away into the night like a silent bandit after the shuttering of its brand. Voyager is one of these, with FCA deciding to trot it out again and apply it to entry-level versions of the Pacifica (which, by itself, is a recycled name).
This Ace of Base was planned from the moment FCA made the announcement about this vehicle last week. However, it is appropriate that we should be talking about minivans today after the passing of Lee Iacocca. Without the first Magic Wagon, it’s unlikely we’d have machines like this at all.
For 2020, the Voyager is offered in three different trims: L, LX, and LXi. Those of you who lived through the ‘90s will recognize the latter, when American brand were busy appending the letter ‘i’ to various and sundry trim levels in an effort to keep up with the Germans and Japanese. This time around, the LXi is a fleet-only vehicle.
Base L models will start at $26,985. That number is gleaned from folks who were at the Chelsea Proving Grounds last week and not through the press materials, by the way. For that sum, the L comes equipped with FCA’s admittedly excellent Uconnect (in 7-inch form, not 8.4), Apple CarPlay, and the ubiquitous Pentastar V6 making 287 horsepower in this application. The transmission has nine speeds.
Be aware that your thrifty ways will be belied by the presence of black door handles and grille but at least the mirrors are color keyed. If it bothers you that much, get one in black paint so it all blends in. Tires are a sensible 235/65R17 across the board. The rig shown above is not the base model, given away by the presence of alloys instead of steelies with hubcaps. Until this thing shows up on the company’s build and price tool, we’ll make do with these distributed press photos.
Dual A/C is standard, as you’d expect, but rear seat urchins are on their own unless you pop for the LX and its tri-zone setup. Remote keyless, 3rd-row Stow n’ Go, cruise & tilt — all that stuff is standard as well. Satellite radio would be a welcome addition to the L.
Thanks for the minivan, Lee. Without it, the automotive landscape would be a hell of a different place.
Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments and feel free to eviscerate our selections.
The model above is shown with American options and priced in American Dollars. Your dealer may sell for less.
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- Jeff S Some of us don't care either way we are not into this type of car. Most of these will be stored in garages waiting for their value to go up. As someone above noted this is an old body style which is retro 70s Challenger which after researching it came out in the 2008 MY which means a long run for a model that is in its 16th year. I have always liked these but if I bought one I would not spend this kind of money on one probably get the V-6 version and use it as a family car but then I am not into drag racing or muscle cars. For the type of car it is it has a decent rear seat and not too bad of a trunk. Most of us are not going to spend 100k for any vehicle at least currently so its not something most of us will buy and stick in a garage waiting for its value to increase. I am glad that these editions came out for those who can afford them and it keeps a little more color into what has become a very dull vehicle market but then with age I pick the dull appliance like reliable vehicle because that's what I need. Impressive car but not for me.
- Jonathan The Germans. So organized they can appear disorganized. I agree with some others, classic names like Thunderbird, Imperial, Grand Prix, Ambassador etc. just have more appeal.
- Bobbysirhan A friend had one when they first came out. He was CFO of some green California company and could charge the Volt at work. At home, the PHEV gave him an excuse to make his wife park her nicer car outdoors while the Volt get their condo's one-car garage. He liked the Volt, and he spent very little on energy during the 'first one's free!' era of EV ownership. Of course, the green company went bust soon after, and he wound up with a job that involved far more driving and ultimately the need for a more substantial car. I drove the Volt once after his wife had made a return trip to Los Angeles, depleting the battery. I don't know what a first gen Volt drives like with a charged battery, but it was really gutless with two adults, a yellow lab, and a dead battery. My other memory of it was that it had a really cramped back seat for a car that was about as large as a Civic. My friend who bought it liked it though, and that's not always been the case for GM vehicles.
- MrIcky I think the Shakedown is more my speed of the last call editions- but this is impressive.
- Dukeisduke I tried watching the live reveal last night, but after 15 minutes of jawing by MT+ personalities (and yes, I like Chris Jacobs and Alex Taylor), I turned it off.
Had the family crew in last month and rented a Pacifica with many but not all the toys. I was quite impressed as it carted 6 of us all over. I think we got 24 mpg at 80 mph on a road trip, which isn't bad at all. If my wife and I had had more than one kid then I would have proudly been all over a minivan. Very useful.
I had a base Pacifica a couple of years ago for a weekend. It basically sounds like this base Voyager... cloth seats, no navigation, no power sliding doors or tailgate, IIRC. It was a very nice family hauler... comfortable, quiet, very spacious, decent stereo. The middle row stow and go seats were meh for adult comfort but the kids liked them. I even thought the cloth in the seats was pleasant and seemed durable. I didn’t miss any of the options from the higher level model. I though about getting the hybrid version (which has bigger non stow and go middle seats) but gave up due to production delays and recalls.