Chrysler continues to hold the lead in the minivan segment with the 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager and its sibling models, providing a proven vehicle at a reasonable price. The Grand Voyager has proven to be a sturdy, reliable, and durable vehicle. The 1999 model year’s version does not stray from this path, continuing the quality with a few new additions.
While still essentially a clone of the Dodge Caravan, the Grand Voyager has undergone some changes. Many of the changes have been made due to Plymouth aiming for the budget segment of the market. Through the use of different materials and by not making some features standard, the Grand Voyager can provide the same capabilities of its Caravan counterpart at a lower price. This move has positioned the Grand Voyager as a leader in the budget minivan market.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Grand Voyager, Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, Plymouth Grand Voyager Expresso
Chrysler has brought over its high-output 3.8-liter V-6 from its Dodge Caravan line and made it available in the Grand Voyager, giving the high-selling minivan even greater hauling potential. Built-in child seats are now available in the second-row bucket seats and air-conditioning is now considered standard in the SE and Expresso models. The SE model receives a modest style upgrade with the exterior door handles and front grille now available in matching body colors. In celebration of its 15th year of production, there is also a ""Platinum Edition"" available. The Platinum Edition is a cosmetic upgrade only, with Platinum Metallic paint and special badges.
The Grand Voyager’s exterior remains unchanged for 1999. The driver’s-side sliding door remains an important part of the design. It blends in well with the minivan, not taking anything away from the basic exterior. The overall exterior design is the generic aerodynamic design that is in favor with the minivan style. The wide use of this body style means that this vehicle does not appear very different from any other minivan on the road.
Due to the longer wheelbase and cab-forward design, this minivan has a fairly spacious interior. The second row is available either as two bucket seats or one bench seat. Plymouth has marketed these seats as being ""Easy-Out Roller Seats."" The bench seats can be slightly unwieldy, but the bucket seats can be removed and repositioned quite easily. A slightly increased amount of glass and a smaller front end has allowed for good visibility from within. Plymouth has managed to do a decent job of keeping noise out of the cabin. A new cargo net between the front two seats keep the objects from the back seats from straying up near the driver’s feet. Instrumentation is well designed for the driver to reach.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager handles quite well for a large, long wheel base minivan. The ride is fairly smooth, even though the suspension is basic. The steering response is very light. This gives the van more of the feel of a car than a truck. The 2.4-liter engine causes the van to lag a bit and makes it difficult to keep up with traffic with a full load. The van sees a definite increase in performance with a larger engine. The 3.3-liter or 3.8-liter engine is a must in order to provide decent performance with large loads or a full cabin of passengers. These engines allow the van to merge smoothly on the highway as well as pass by slower traffic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager for impact, and it received a ""marginal"" rating from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety. The minivan does offer driver and passenger front airbags standard. Anti-lock brakes are available, but are not standard. Optional built-in child seats in the second row provide quality restraint.
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Grand Voyager 2.4-liter I-4: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.0-liter V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.3-liter V-6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.8-liter V-6: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Excellent value
- Spacious interior
You Won't Like
- Cheap interior material
- Underpowered 2.4-liter engine
Reliable and in budget.
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