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Dodge Magnum

Station wagon segment is rich in models which offer a variety of boons for space- and comfort-demanding customers. Nonetheless, Dodge Magnum, also marketed as Chrysler 300 Touring in Europe & Australia, outstrips the rivals in terms of extraordinary exterior, enslaving hearts at a glance. This model is not a match for those who expect SUV-like performance or off-road capability. Yet, Dodge Magnum review might disclose the car’s most prominent specifications.

Highlights

The history of Magnum started in 1978 when the first large coupe appeared in the market. In a year’s time Dodge discontinued the production line in the USA; however, it was in 2004 when the legend revived in the shape of a family wagon. The latest upgrade took place in 2008 – the last year of production. Hence, it’s sensible to provide specifications of the most recent version:

- body type: station wagon, 5-seater;

- dimensions: 74.1x197.7x58.3 inches (w/l/h), wheelbase – 120 in., clearance – 5.6 in.;

- drive: rear-wheel (base), all-wheel (optional);

- transmission: 4-speed automatic (standard), 5-speed automatic (optional);

- engine: gasoline, regular unleaded fuel type, economy – 18 mpg (city), 26 mpg (highway);

- suspension: 4-wheel independent, stabilizer bar, front – short and long arm, rear – multi-link;

- interior comfort: front head/leg/hip/shoulder room – 38.7/41.8/56.2/58.7 in., rear head/leg/hip/shoulder room – 38.1/40.2/55.5/57.6 in.

Bodywork

The latest Magnum’s architecture takes roots from Chrysler 300 & Dodge Charger. The model employs Mercedes-Benz-developed suspension and solid chassis. The 2008 facelift includes an updated crosshair grille, new fog lamps, angular hood, plenty of chrome details, and a set of headlights. The incorporation of an extraordinary rear hatch hinge is the other peculiarity of the car; it entails a big chunk on the roof panel. Besides, 17-/18-inch aluminum wheels give prominence to large disk brakes and add aggressiveness to the styling.

What’s Inside?

Experts are at odds with the interior layout. Some complain about the quality of finishing, the others – about the upholstery. Still, the majority agree that the cabin is a good combination of functionality and comfort. The dashboard is differentiated by an updated set of gauges with silver details, new trim panels and a modernized central console. The cruise control stack is relocated behind the steering wheel for a better ergonomics.

Upon the whole, the saloon is quite spacious for 5 adults and their luggage. The boot is about 27.2 c.f.; this isn’t the maximal possible capacity of traditional wagons. When the backseats are folded, the trunk might be enlarged to 71.6 c.f.

There are numerous storage niches in the side lining, doors as well as under the floor coverage. The windows are a bit small for a wagon; this feature might create a sense of compaction.

Trims & Equipment

To proceed with Dodge Magnum review, it should be noted that the model is available in several trims. The base trim is characterized by the incorporation of 17-inch wheels, a 4-speaker audio system, cup-holders with LED lighting, lumbar support of seats, outdoors temperature display, remote keyless entry, telescoping steering column, and 4-wheel disk brakes.

The R/T comes with 18-inch wheels, leather front seats with heating option, temperature control (dual-zone), steering wheel with leather coating, shift knob, automatic headlights, Boston Acoustic audio, and power seats. The SXT adds to the vehicle heated mirrors, ABS system, traction control, 5-speed transmission (auto stick), and power adjustable pedals.

Optionally, the customer might include infotainment system with navigation, MP3 player and audio controls on steering wheel, remote engine start, Sirius satellite radio, and trailer towing tools. The Track Performance package adds 20-inch chrome wheels and a more efficient suspension.

Under-the-Hood

The base magnum comes equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 engine that is able to demonstrate 190 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The SXT modification incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated at 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The higher R/T trim boasts the implementation of a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine of 340 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque (Track Performance package demonstrates 350 horsepower).

Furthermore, the lineup is introduced by one more outstanding model version – the SRT-8. It is based on a mighty 6.1-liter HEMI, rated at 425 horsepower. It accommodates a firm suspension, Brembo brakes as well as revised hood and tail styling.

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