Launched in 2004, the Dodge Magnum is a versatile vehicle that can be both high-performance street king and practical family truckster. Four engines are available, starting with the 200-horsepower 2.7L V6 (standard on the rear-wheel-drive wagon) and the 250-horsepower 3.5L multi-displacement V6 (available on the base vehicle, standard on the all-wheel-drive SXT). Two Hemi engines, one a 5.7L multi-displacement V8 with 340 horsepower and the other a 420-horsepower 6.1L V8, complete the spectrum.
Standard equipment on the base trim includes cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player, and power mirrors, windows, and locks. SXT trim adds traction control, a five-speed transmission, larger wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors, and a power driver's seat. Dual exhaust, leather seats, power adjustable pedals, Boston Acoustics speakers, and satellite radio are added to the RT, while the SRT8 receives 20-inch wheels, enhanced steering and suspension, a trip computer, and a 6-disc in-dash CD changer. All-wheel drive is available with SXT and RT trims for those looking for added sure-footedness.
The usual assorted options, such as navigation, a sunroof, a rear video system, side airbags, and dual zone automatic temperature control, allow for further customization.
The Magnum's rear liftgate and 60/40 split-folding rear seat provides space and flexibility to carry both passengers and cargo. With the rear seat up the Magnum comfortably seats five people and has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seat folded down the Magnum offers 71.6 cubic feet of utility.