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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Voyager offers optional Rear Park Assist with Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the Voyager and the Grand Caravan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Voyager’s corrosion warranty is 40,000 miles longer than the Grand Caravan’s (5/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Voyager has a standard 180-amp alternator. The Grand Caravan’s 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 16th in reliability. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.
The Voyager’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (287 vs. 283) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 260) than the Grand Caravan’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Voyager gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Caravan (19 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Voyager’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chrysler Voyager higher (7 out of 10) than the Dodge Grand Caravan (3). This means the Voyager produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Caravan every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler Voyager, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Grand Caravan.
For better traction, the Voyager has larger tires than the Grand Caravan (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).
For superior ride and handling, the Chrysler Voyager has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Voyager has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Voyager is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Caravan.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Voyager has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Grand Caravan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The design of the Chrysler Voyager amounts to more than styling. The Voyager has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Caravan (.316) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Voyager get better fuel mileage.
The Voyager uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Voyager has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Caravan (165.1 vs. 158.6).
The Voyager has .3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more third row headroom and .8 inches more third row hip room than the Grand Caravan.
The Voyager’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Caravan.
Behind Third Seat
32.3 cubic feet
31.1 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
87.5 cubic feet
78.9 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
140.5 cubic feet
140.3 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Voyager’s optional third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Voyager’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
The Voyager’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Caravan’s (3600 vs. 1600 pounds).
When two different drivers share the Voyager (except Touring/Hybrid Touring L), the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Voyager Limited non-Hybrid’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Voyager’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Grand Caravan does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Voyager’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Caravan’s parking brake has to released manually.
Keyless-Enter-N-Go standard on the Voyager allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Voyager’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Grand Caravan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Voyager has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Grand Caravan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Voyager has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Voyager Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Voyager, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Grand Caravan.
The Voyager was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Grand Caravan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
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