The Chrysler Voyager is the grandaddy of people carriers, with more than 10 million sold since 1983. But with an assortment of young upstarts offering greater versatility (such as seats that slide or even fold flat into the floor), the Voyager has started to feel outdated.
Chrysler agreed. All 2005-model Grand Voyagers can be equipped with a £330 Stow ’n’ Go system that comprises folding seats in the third and, uniquely, second row of seats. All seats also now recline and the middle two slide backwards and forwards.
As before, there is sufficient space for adults in each row. But now, moveable seats mean you can sacrifice legroom in the third row, slide the middle seats back and give the four frontmost passengers limo-style comfort. Or, for even more legroom, fold the middle seats into the floor to the benefit of the three rear passengers. The seating permutations go on and this is where the Stow ’n’ Go excels: it gives you the flexibility to adjust the car to your immediate needs.
Thankfully, making adjustments is quick and easy. Labels explain the procedure, the levers and straps are numbered and clever weighting and hydraulic rams make pivoting the chairs light work. The only bugbear is having to move the front seats fully forward and remove the luggage cover before the seat acrobatics can begin.