2005 Dodge Magnum

  • 2005 Dodge Magnum RT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/390
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $30,070
  • 2005 Dodge Magnum SE Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/190
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,020
  • 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      250/250
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,520
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2005 Dodge Magnum Review

Offers a roomy interior, powerful engine, and surprisingly sporty styling for a wagon.

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Overview

The once-maligned station wagon has waged a comeback in recent years, and the 2005 Dodge Magnum is poised to convince droves of buyers to give up its SUV habit. The Magnum’s long, low stance, and flat tail end hearken back to mom-wagons of decades past, but a sharply rising beltline, tapered roofline, short overhangs, and prominent wheel arches manage to give this wagon a contemporary, athletic look. The familiar Dodge quad grille resembles the one on the Durango and Ram, but a little bit more refined. Standard 17-inch wheels complete the Magnum’s authoritative look.

Inside, the Magnum features a two-tone color scheme and faux brushed aluminum accents. White-faced gauges housed in separate pods give the dash a sporty look. Available features include safety items like stability control, side curtain airbags and self-sealing tires, as well as a powerful Boston Acoustics sound system, and buyers in snowy regions will appreciate the availability of all-wheel drive. Sales of seven- and eight-passenger SUVs remain strong, but many families are just looking for five seats and a reasonable amount of cargo space, not a heavy-duty long-hauler. The 2005 Dodge Magnum steps into that void with its debut family wagon.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Magnum SE, Dodge Magnum SXT, Dodge Magnum RT

What's New

The Dodge Magnum is all-new for 2005.

Exterior

The 2005 Dodge Magnum is a rear-drive station wagon available in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and RT. The SE comes standard with 17-inch wheels and keyless entry, while the SXT a bigger V-6 engine, alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, privacy glass, and stability control. Most of the SXT’s standard features are available as options on the SE. The top-of-the-line RT offers a powerful V-8 engine, dual exhaust outlets, larger brakes, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Other extras include self-sealing tires, a roof rack, and a sunroof. All-wheel drive is also available as an optional upgrade.

Interior

Inside, the Magnum's long wheelbase opens up plenty of room for passengers. The 2005 Magnum leads its segment in rear legroom. The tapered roofline on the Magnum limits cargo space to 27.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, but folding those seats opens up 72 cubic feet of cargo capacity. A two-tone color scheme, metallic accents, and white-faced gauges give the interior a modern, sporty look.

The SE trim level comes standard with air-conditioning, a CD player, a telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry, and an outside temperature display. The SXT adds a power driver’s seat and a cargo net, while the high-end RT comes fully loaded with leather upholstery and a six-speaker, 288-watt Boston Acoustics sound system. Leather upholstery is available as an option on the SE and SXT models, and the upgraded audio system is available for the SXT. Optional exclusively on the RT are a navigation system and dual-zone, automatic climate control. Other extras include an MP3-compatible in-dash CD changer, side curtain airbags adjustable pedals, seat heaters, and a cargo organizer.

Performance & Handling

Each trim level of the 2005 Dodge Magnum has its own standard engine. The Magnum SE features a 2.7-liter V-6 that’s good for 200 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The SXT steps up to a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The RT has a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that produces an impressive 340 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. All models come standard with rear drive, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.

Safety

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models of the 2005 Dodge Magnum. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control are optional on the SE and standard on SXT and RT models. Full-length side curtain airbags, self-sealing tires, and adjustable tires are optional on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Magnum SE RWD: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum SXT RWD: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum SXT AWD: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum RT RWD: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum RT AWD: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Contemporary body style
  • Quiet ride
  • Powerful Hemi V-8
  • Roomy interior
  • Available AWD

You Won't Like

  • Limited transmission choices
  • Complicated stereo controls
  • Sluggish acceleration in base V-6

Sum Up

Offers a roomy interior, powerful engine, and surprisingly sporty styling for a wagon.

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