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Dodge Magnum Introduction

Even though the Dodge Magnum wagon has only been on sale a few years, style- and performance-minded families have taken to it like bees to honey. Or, to harken back to the Dodge muscle car of the late 60s and early 70s, like Super Bees to honey with respect to the Hemi V8-equipped R/T and SRT8 models. But that's not really surprising given the Magnum's appealing combination of handsome and purposeful styling, family-sized utility and wide range of trim and engine choices. For 2008, the Dodge Magnum's good looks have been updated with a revised front fascia, newly sculpted hood and a reshaped grille. Exclusive to this year's SRT8 model is a functional hood scoop. Magnum R/T and SRT8 models also feature newly optional HID lights for greater visibility and an extra dose of high-tech sophistication.

Inside, Dodge has sought to remedy the Magnum's lackluster interior design with select soft-touch surfaces, a redesigned and more driver-oriented instrument panel, and LED lighting for the cupholders and door pockets on the R/T and SRT8. These changes aren't terribly significant, but thankfully the 2008 Dodge Magnum didn't need much fixing. It continues to offer value that's hard to beat if you're in the market for a midsize or large performance-oriented wagon or an all-wheel-drive sport-utility alternative. It's solidly built, surprisingly agile and still one of the most distinctive-looking vehicles on the road. The SRT8 is more functional and less costly than high-buck, high-performance European sport wagons, and the more pedestrian SXT and R/T models measure up extremely well against other sporty wagons.

Dodge Magnum Grille However, the Magnum does lack the people-carrying ability of the latest three-row crossover SUVs. The 2008 Dodge Magnum wagon comes in four trim levels: base SE, midgrade SXT, V8-powered R/T and maximum-performance SRT8. The base Magnum SE starts off with 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, fully powered Dodge Magnum Accessories, a telescoping steering wheel and CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack. The SXT features a more powerful V6, 17-inch alloy wheels (18s for all-wheel-drive versions), a power driver seat and satellite radio. The high-performance SRT8 is equipped much like the R/T, but has a much bigger V8 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, upgraded Brembo brakes, sport-tuned suspension and steering, unique interior and exterior detailing, leather/suede upholstery and a power front passenger seat.

Major options are typically grouped in packages. Depending on the trim level, Dodge also offers a sunroof, xenon headlights, automatic climate control, a hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-seat entertainment system. An R/T Performance Group package with 20-inch wheels and performance-grade exhaust/steering/suspension/seats is also available for the Magnum R/T. For the SRT8, there's an option to order a 13-speaker Kicker audio system. The base Dodge Magnum SE comes standard with a 2.7-liter V6 engine that generates 190 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Upgrading to the SXT gets you a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 250 horses and 250 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the big-dog SRT8 puts a pumped-up 6.1-liter V8 under the hood that cranks out 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of twist.

Dodge Magnum WheelsThe base car puts its power through an old-school four-speed automatic transmission, but all others are equipped with a modern five-speed automatic. Magnum SXT and R/T models have the option of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, but the others are rear-drive only. The 2008 Dodge Magnum is a large wagon and features a cabin that's quite spacious for its driver and up to four passengers. Behind the 60/40-split rear seats there are nearly 28 cubic feet of cargo room, and dropping them reveals up to 72 cubic feet of space -- about as much as a top-rated compact SUV. The rear liftgate swings up rather than out for easy access, and the Magnum offers an optional cargo organizer as well. In keeping with its racy aspirations, the SRT8 features four-place sport seats with high-grip suede inserts.

The Magnum's base V6 engine provides adequate power and a pleasant enough driving experience, but acceleration can be a bit sluggish off the line or under load. If you can't live with that, we suggest you upgrade to either the more powerful V6 in the SXT or the V8 in the R/T. The handling is surprisingly composed on higher trim levels, and the hot-rod SRT8 is a downright blast to drive, with tons of torque, a sport-tuned suspension and bigger brakes that allow you to maneuver quickly through tight corners. The downside to choosing the SRT8 is lousy gas mileage, and most buyers will find that the R/T offers a better compromise of performance and economy. All 2008 Dodge Magnums have excellent highway manners, with a composed ride and a quiet cruising demeanor.