Front view of the 2020 Chrysler Voyager minivan

In a summer of retro revival—"Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Men in Black," and "Toy Story" are all in theaters—it seems fitting that Chrysler is reviving an old model name with the 2020 Chrysler Voyager.

This new minivan is positioned between the long-running Dodge Grand Caravan and the current Chrysler Pacifica, on which it's based. The Voyager is essentially the two lowest trims of the Pacifica, the L and LX, spun off under a new model name. (The fleet-only LXi version is headed primarily for rental car lots.)

The Voyager will also be available with rear- and side-entry conversions to accommodate the needs of wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

Here’s what we know so far. 

What it competes with: Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda OdysseyKia Sedona, Toyota Sienna
What it looks like: Exactly like a Pacifica, with a smaller MSRP on the window sticker
Powertrain: 287-hp, 3.6-liter V6; 9-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
Price: $27,000-$30,000 (estimated)
On-sale date: Late 2019  

Outside

The Voyager's exterior is nearly indistinguishable from a Pacifica's, aside from the badging. The front of this minivan has a simpler design than the Pacifica, and the body lacks some of the garnish and foglights used to dress up the Pacifica. 

2020 Chrysler Voyager interior

Inside

The Voyager's interior is likewise familiar, because it's drawn directly from the Pacifica. In our tests of that minivan, we found that it was a step up from the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, although there were still some hard plastics that disappointed us. We expect that the Voyager's fit and finish will be similar to its mechanical sibling's.

The Voyager offers generous space for the driver and passengers, but it’s limited to a seven-passenger configuration, and there are no folding armrests.

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Voyager drivers will get the same generous array of well-labeled knobs and big buttons that make the Pacifica easy to command today. It has a dial knob gear selector that we have found easy to use, although there is a risk that drivers could mistake it for the large radio volume knob.

The Voyager comes with Chrysler’s Uconnect 4 infotainment system, with a 7-inch touch screen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. Sound is piped through six speakers, and the cabin is hushed with active noise cancellation. An optional overhead DVD player (shown below) is available on the LX trim—maybe the kids can use it to catch up on all the "Toy Story" and "Men in Black" movies that came before.  

2020 Chrysler Voyager DVD player

What Drives It

The Voyager is powered by Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, here making 287 hp. It is matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination returned 21 mpg overall in the Pacifica we tested.

For contrast, the Voyager's cousin, the Dodge Grand Caravan, gets a meager 17 mpg overall, signaling that it's from another era.  

Safety and Driver Assist Systems

The Voyager does not offer forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, or adaptive cruise control. At least blind spot warning is an option. We are disappointed that those features are not even available as options—a notable omission for a new 2020 model. Those features are not available on the 2019 Pacifica L or LX, either. There is a SafetyTec Group option that adds blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert. (Read "Car Safety Systems That Could Save Your Life.") 

CR’s Take

The Pacifica did well in our tests, and offering a cheaper version of it should help more families looking for budget three-row transportation.

The only issue that prevents us from recommending the Pacifica is its subpar reliability, and that’s likely to carry over to the Voyager.

2020 Chrysler Voyager rear