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1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Review
A bargain family hauler.
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The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager is completely redesigned to be the company’s highest-profile vehicle. Plymouth, faced with mounting competition from Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge, had sluggish sales. They enter this model year targeting entry-level buyers or those on a budget and made it much more affordable than Dodge and Chrysler. In the United States, only the base model and the better-equipped SE are sold. Canadian and European markets still have the luxury Voyager LE models, and is the longer wheelbase version of the standard Plymouth Voyager.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Grand Voyager, Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, Plymouth Voyager, Plymouth Voyager SE
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager has undergone a complete redesign for the 1996 model year. The interior is incredibly comfortable, the engine has more power, and the driver’s-side sliding door is a first in the minivan industry.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager base model and SE are distinguishable by its body side moldings. A narrow accent color strip adorns the base trim, while the SE models have a wider accent color strip with the Plymouth badge above it on the front door.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager rides a 119.3-inch wheelbase, has a length of 199.6 inches, a width of 68.5 inches, and a height of 63 inches. The base has a 3713-pound curb weight, while the SE trim has a curb weight of 3795 pounds. In comparison, the standard size Voyager has a 113.3-inch wheelbase and is 186.3 inches long. Its height and width dimensions are identical, and its lighter in curb weight, with the base at 3546 pounds, and the SE trim at 3693 pounds. The vehicle utilizes Chrysler’s acclaimed cab-forward design style.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager base comes standard with 14-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window wiper. Optional base features include a camper/towing package, power heated mirrors, rear window defroster, sunscreen glass, a remote trunk release, and roof rack.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager has a seating capacity of seven people. Front headroom is 39.8 inches, with 40.6 inches of legroom up front. Rear headroom is 40 inches, with 39.6 inches of rear seat legroom. All controls and knobs are within arm’s reach. Underneath the radio is a pop out cup holder tray that is sizeable enough to hold even the biggest convenience store drink. Power window switches are located on the door panel, while cruise control switches are on the steering column.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager comes standard with bucket seats in the front. The back has rear bench seats that are removable to maximize cargo space, although these seats are quite heavy to haul. Four captain’s chairs are available as an option on the SE trim, and seat upholstery is cloth. Air-conditioning is optional on both models, with rear air=conditioning and a rear heater available as options for the SE.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager comes standard with a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. The SE’s standard transmission has overdrive as well. A smooth shifting four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. Three-liter and 3.3-liter V-6 engines are also available as options.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager performs very much like a car. It drives and handles similarly to a midsize sedan. The ride itself is very quiet and almost like a luxury vehicle. Acceleration is decent, even when it's loaded with passengers or cargo, and it maneuvers very well, given the fact that it is a larger minivan. The brakes provide optimal stopping power, and it has significant structural and suspension system improvements to enhance its riding experience.
The 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard with the SE trim. There are no available NHTSA crash test ratings for this vehicle. IIHS crash test ratings have ranked it ?marginal? for safety in frontal crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Grand Voyager SE: 20/25 mpg city/highway
- Good family vehicle
- Nice ride
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Poor cooling and electrical system
- Prone to mechanical and transmission problems
- Very heavy removable seats
- Brakes tend to wear quickly
- Potential for high maintenance costs
A bargain family hauler.
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