2007 Dodge Magnum Review
Reviewers rave over the Magnum's powerful (but optional) V8 engines and its aggressively retro exterior styling, but dislike the base model's underpowered V6 and are disappointed that so many of the Magnum's safety features cost extra.
When the Dodge Magnum first appeared in model year 2005, it did more than give Chrysler's sales figures a boost: It made station wagons hip. It looked cool and, with the available V8 engines, performed like a hot rod from a bygone era. Reviewers loved it -- and they still do. "[T]he Magnum is a bona fide triple threat," says Automobile Magazine. "[U]tilitarian, good looking, and fine driving." The low-end SE trim, with a 2.7-liter V6 engine that reviewers find seriously underpowered, invites sneers from automotive writers, but the SRT8, with its 6.1-liter Hemi V8, has reviewers comparing it to classic 1950s hot rods. "SRT8 models are muscle cars," says Consumer Guide. It's the exterior styling that really makes reviewers swoon, though. "The Magnum is one of the most attractive cars on the road," says the -- "thoroughly modern but with a tapering roof line that hints at custom hot rods without reducing headroom."
The Magnum's major drawback is the lack of safety features in the base model SE, forcing buyers to pay several thousand dollars to upgrade to the SXT model to get traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes. Side air bags are not available in any model or even as an option.
The Magnum's price tag is deemed reasonable by most reviewers, with MSN noting that it's "relatively inexpensive for what it offers" and the saying simply, "It's a buy." The Magnum is on Edmunds' list of Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2007. Consumer Guide gave the 2007 Magnum a Best Buy Award. However, IntelliChoice rates the base model SE as a "worse than average" value, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.