For the 2007 model year, the Magnum, Dodge's modern interpretation of the station wagon, gets new exterior colors and option packages, optional navigation and satellite radio technology and, for its highest-performance version, a rear-seat video entertainment system with surround sound.
Dodge says the Magnum provides "a stylish alternative for consumers who want the comfort and performance of a car, and the capability and image of a sport utility vehicle." In other words, it's a station wagon, though modern automakers avoid that term. The Magnum is the wagon version of the Dodge Charger and its close cousin, the Chrysler 300. But while the Charger sedan provides a trunk with 16.2 cubic feet of space for cargo, the cargo area beneath the Magnum's long and sloping roofline measures 27.2 cubic feet with the second-row seat upright and 71.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat. The Magnum's rear hatch door extends well into the vehicle's roof and lifts up rather than out to provide easier access to the cargo area.
The Magnum has 2 rows of seats, and is available in SE, SXT, R/T, and SRT8 versions for the 2007 model year. The SE comes with a 190-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 engine; the SXT with a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; and the R/T with a 340-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The SRT8 is equipped with a 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8. All but the SE have 5-speed automatic transmissions. The SXT and R/T can be equipped with all-wheel drive; the others have rear-wheel drive. The fuel efficiency of the Hemi-equipped Magnums is enhanced by a system that shuts down four of the eight cylinders when the car is simply cruising down the highway. The cylinders reactivate seamlessly when their power is needed.
Electronic stability (anti-skid, anti-spin) and all-speed traction control are part of a long list of optional equipment that includes side curtain air bags, satellite radio, navigation and DVD entertainment systems, 20-inch wheels, and a trailer towing package.
The Dodge Magnum competes in the Large Conventional segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevrolet Impala (289,868 units sold), Chrysler 300 (143,647), and Dodge Charger (114,201). The Dodge Magnum sold 40,095 units in 2006, a decrease of 23.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Conventional segment include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, Ford Five Hundred, and Nissan Maxima.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$23,370||190-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|
|SXT||5 speed automatic||$29,860||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||17/24|
|RT||5 speed automatic||$31,515||340-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl||17/25|
|SRT8||5 speed automatic||$37,795||425-hp / 6.1L 8-cyl||14/20|