1999 Voyager New Car Test Drive
In the old days, when it came to minivans, size wasn't everything - it was, to borrow from Vince Lombardi, the only thing. But today, cargo capacity is just one of many factors to consider - the others being comfort, styling, ride quality and handling. On all those fronts, the Plymouth Grand Voyager delivers.
The Grand Voyager is just one of Chrysler Corp.'s industry-leading entries in the minivan field. Chrysler has created a minivan for every taste and price range, and the Voyager SE is one of the sleeker stallions in Chrysler's minivan stable, which includes the luxurious Chrysler Town & Country Limited and the more modestly priced Dodge Caravan.
The Voyager sits somewhere in the middle of those other two. Priced about $8,000 less than the Town & Country Limited, the Voyager has successfully outpaced many entries in the minivan field. Like all of Chrysler's minivans, the Voyager comes in a variety of flavors. It's offered in both the short-wheelbase Voyager and long-wheelbase Grand Voyager versions, and each comes in two trim levels - the base model and the SE.
A few changes were made for 1999. The rear floor pan and spare-tire winch were redesigned to increase the angle of departure, which means the back of the vehicle is less likely to scrape the ground when traversing gullies, steep driveways and other obstacles that challenge the Voyager's ground clearance. Designers have upgraded the appearance with a body-colored grille and door handles. Also, Light Cypress Green was added to the palette.
Inside, a front-seat cargo net has been added. And a mini trip computer is now available on the top-line Grand Voyager SE. A next-generation airbag has been added. Head restraints for the middle and rear seats are now standard, and a child safety seat is available on models with the quad-seat configuration. An accident response system unlocks the doors and turns on the interior lights whenever the airbag deploys.