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Five kids in carseats
2020 Chrysler Voyager L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
We replaced a top of line 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4wd with the bottom of the line Chrysler Voyager L with the safety and rear ac packages and couldn’t be happier. We have five kids four in car seats, one in a booster seat, and one rear facing. This severely limits our vehicle choices because top tether points and width in the third row for three seats is rare. Even though this … doesn’t have three top tether points in the third row it fits our needs with one child in a booster and one rear facing, we have some versatility. The hip room in the third row is actually bigger in the Voyager than the Yukon XL and fits two car seats and one booster better. We also opted for the Voyager L for the second row bench. This gives us much better access to loading and unloading kids into their third row seats over going in and between two captains chairs. Also the headrests are removable in the second row bench and not in the captains chairs. Many car seats and high back boosters require getting the headrests removed or out of the way to safely and properly install the child seats. Though the Voyager L is missing some features we had in the Denali there isn’t anything we really miss that much. The standard U Connect allows you to easily replace navigation and satellite radio with your phone apps. We may have opted for a higher trim level to gain back some of the missing features from the Denali but the car seat requirements and advantages of the second row bench I mentioned decided for us making the Voyager L our only choice. The comfort and ride is very good and there is excellent leg room in the front. The power to weight ratio of this Voyager with 287 horsepower compared to the Denali with 420 horsepower seems to favor the Voyager, which is surprising to me since the Denali was fast and powerful. Going forward the only recommendations I would have for Chrysler would be to add that last tether point for car seats in the third row, consider the headrests and car seat recommendations in design going forward, and finally don’t underestimate the ingress and egress advantages of the middle row bench for children and parents loading them in seats. The higher trims should no be limited to just the captains chairs and headrests should never be a complication for any child’s car seat. Even though we have five kids, and more than most, tether points should be in every seat location in any vehicle marketed to families. As any parent knows you need that flexibility to assign seating as kids fight and or play, being able to rearrange seating assignments is a must. Looking forward to having the reliability of a new car over the severe maintenance and repair costs of our previous Denali. The gas savings will be an added bonus too, but gas savings never have meant more than safety and ability to use a vehicle to fit our family. Glad to see the five star crash rating of the Voyager that and all the above made this a wise choice for us. Hopefully this review from an actual owner and parent that needs all the car seat spots we do helps someone else, as I still feel all auto manufacturers and expert auto reviews have a long way to go designing, reporting, and considering child car seat requirements and families needs in this regard. One year update section: 25,000 miles completely trouble free just factory recommended maintenance. Only thing truly missing we found use for is child locks controlled from drivers door that includes the front passenger door in the child lock system. This would older kids to get out in the school drop off line and the doors relocked to protect younger kids. Some little boys can escape a car seat so child locks on all doors is a must have & should be standard on all family cars. Chrysler unlike GM cars allow a door to be opened from the handle from the inside even if locked. Without child locks on the front passenger door this is a serious flaw in child safety design on most vehicles. Other than this one point we still are very pleased with the vehicle, its reliability, fit for a family of seven and the overall value. Update, 9/30/23, 3.5 years in over 80,000 miles now and have not had any problems. Regular maintenance only no repairs needed.
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