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2006 Dodge Magnum

  • 2006 Dodge Magnum RT Wagon

    RT Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/390
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $30,545
  • 2006 Dodge Magnum SE Wagon

    SE Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/190
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,680
  • 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 Wagon

    SRT8 Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      425/420
    • ENGINE
      6.1L V8
    • MSRP
      $37,320
  • 2006 Dodge Magnum SXT Wagon

    SXT Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      250/250
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,670
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2006 Dodge Magnum Review

Proves that drivers don’t have to sacrifice style, power, and performance in a family car.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Dodge Magnum’s success proves that the station wagon is far from dead. This powerful, stylish vehicle is a best seller for a good reason. It provides the cargo and passenger space of a minivan without the ""mommy wagon"" stigma. It also provides the power and the cargo/passenger space of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), without the associated clumsiness, size, and high gas bills. The Magnum is not a typical station wagon: it can come with a Hemi V-8, all-wheel drive (AWD), stability control, Bluetooth and a navigation system. Dodge has added a lot of cutting-edge technology here, including brake assist and a multi-cylinder displacement system that lowers fuel consumption by turning off cylinders of the V-8. However, it still offers all the extra passenger and cargo space associated with mom’s old station wagon. The Dodge Magnum comes in several models so there is something to suit every taste.

The Range

Body Styles: station wagon
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Magnum SE, Dodge Magnum SXT, Dodge Magnum RT, Dodge Magnum SRT-8

What's New

The 2006 Dodge Magnum decided not to mess with success, and left the model alone for the most part. There are some superficial changes to the SXT, including a new grill, doors, and exterior. The SXT and RT trim levels now feature an optional DVD-player. Some of the SXT models manufactured late in the model year could have a new five-speed transmission.

Exterior

The 2006 Dodge Magnum’s best feature is its exterior: it looks great for a station wagon, with a stylish swept-back body, a low-slung silhouette, and a distinctive grill. The SXT has roof racks for hauling, while the RT and SRT-8 do not. Aluminum wheels are offered on all the rear-wheel-drive models. The RT trim features a sunroof, which is unusual for a station wagon.

Interior

The 2006 Dodge Magnum has tried to make the interior more appealing with a brushed aluminum look. It offers seating for five, and plenty of cargo space. Unlike the Grand Caravan, there is an optional Boston Acoustics sound system to top off creature comforts. Other interior features include a DVD-player, Bluetooth, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Some drivers have complained that the interior has too much plastic.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Dodge Magnum with V-8 engines offer a lot of power for its class – up to 340 horsepower (hp). Models with the V-6 are underpowered and lack pick up. Despite its power, the Magnum handles well, particularly for those who opt for the traction control, stability control, and AWD options. Other than lack of power in the V-6, there have been few complaints about the Magnum’s performance or handling. Many drivers will also find the Magnum’s gas consumption excessive for a station wagon. It sacrifices some efficiency for power, and the multi-cylinder displacement system doesn’t seem to work as advertised.

Safety

Magnum proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. It comes with emergency braking assist, an engine immobilizer, ventilated front disc brakes, solid rear disc brakes, and an occupant-sensing passenger-side airbag. Options include AWD, traction control, stability control, and side-curtain airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Magnum 2.7-liter V-6: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum 3.5-liter V-6: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum 5.7-liter V-8: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Magnum 6.1-liter V-8: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • All-wheel drive
  • All the power from the V-8
  • Excellent handling
  • Lots of room
  • Stylish exterior

You Won't Like

  • Better than average fuel economy
  • Lack of power from the V-6
  • Lackluster interior furnishings

Sum Up

Proves that drivers don’t have to sacrifice style, power, and performance in a family car.

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