Dodge Magnum Origins
The Dodge Magnum comes in four trim levels, each featuring a different engine and selection of standard and optional equipment. Engines include a 2.7-liter V-6, a 3.5-liter V-6, a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, and a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8. All Magnum models feature a standard rear-drive system.
With two seating rows that hold up to five people, the Dodge Magnum doesn’t quite offer the seating capacity of its ancestors. However, its spacious interior and large cargo area provide more storage capacity and breathing room than the traditional family sedan.About the Dodge Magnum
The Dodge Magnum is best known for its distinctive appearance, though it also boasts high-power engine options and a spacious interior.
The Magnum remains one of few modern U.S.-made wagons. Rival models include the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon, Audi A4 Avant, and Subaru Legacy GT. Compared to the Mercedes and Audi, the Magnum offers a significant cost advantage.
The R/T trim’s 340-horsepower V-8 engine and the SRT8’s 425-horsepower V-8 provide drivers with ample power and quick acceleration. The Magnum’s long wheelbase and standard rear-drive system allow for relatively tight handling and a smooth ride. The R/T and SRT8 also offer a stiffened suspension.
The Magnum’s 120-inch wheelbase helps increase interior space as well. The cargo area behind the second row provides 27.8 cubic feet of storage with seats in place and 72 cubic feet when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded. A rear liftgate opens upward rather than outward to allow for easier loading.Dodge Magnum Features
Chrysler retired the Dodge Magnum after the 2008 model year. The 2008 model comes in four trim levels: the SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT8. Each trim contains a unique engine. The SE comes equipped with a 2.7-liter V-6, the SXT with a 3.5-liter V-6, the R/T with a 5.7-liter V-8, and the SRT8 with a 6.1-liter V-8. The base V-6 matches with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.5-liter V-6 and both V-8 engines pair with a five-speed automatic transmission.
After three years on the market, the Magnum was revised for 2008 with a new front fascia, grille, and hood. For the first time, HID headlamps came standard on R/T and SRT8 models. A working hood scoop was added to the SRT8 trim.
Standard equipment on the base Magnum SE includes the 2.7-liter, 178-hp V-6 engine, 17-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, cloth seats, powered accessories, a telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, a split-folding rear seatback, a folding center armrest with storage, and a four-speaker sound system with CD player and MP3 playback.
Upgrading to the midlevel Magnum SXT trim offers an engine boost to 250 horsepower and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and an optional all-wheel-drive system. The R/T comes with a 340-horsepower V-8, a firmer suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a leather-trimmed shift knob, heated front seats, adjustable pedals, and a premium six-speaker sound system. The high-performance SRT8 adds the line’s most powerful engine - a V-8 producing 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, along with 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, modified steering, Brembo brakes, leather and suede seats, unique interior and exterior details, and a power-adjustable front-passenger seat.
Stand-alone options available for various trims include a sunroof, a rear-seat DVD player, an HD-based navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, roof rails, and xenon headlights. An R/T Performance Group package offers a sport-tuned suspension and steering system, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, and a modified performance exhaust system that provides an additional 10 horsepower.
The 2008 Dodge Magnum measures 197.7 inches long and has a wheelbase of 120 inches. Inside the vehicle, front passengers have 38.7 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, and 56.2 inches of hip room, while rear passengers have 38.1 inches of headroom, 40.2 inches of legroom, and 55.5 inches of hip room.
The Magnum comes in nine standard exterior colors and an available special monotone paint. Two interior colors are offered.Dodge Magnum Evolution
The Dodge Magnum rear-drive station wagon debuted in 2005 with three trim levels: a base SE featuring a 2.7-liter V-6, a midlevel SXT powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, and an R/T equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 producing 340 horsepower.
In late 2006, Chrysler’s Dodge team added an even more powerful engine option. The new SRT8 boasts a 6.1-liter V-8 cranking out 425 horsepower. Other additions for 2006 include standard fog lights on the SXT and an available rear-seat entertainment system for the SXT and R/T. The SXT trim’s four-speed automatic transmission was increased to a five-speed.
In 2007, Chrysler added an R/T Performance Group package offering engine and suspension enhancements, chrome-clad wheels, and performance tires.