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2008 Dodge Magnum Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Dodge Magnum was new.

If reviewers have a complaint about the roominess of the Magnum's interior, it's that the sloping roofline cuts into the rear cargo space, making it difficult to carry tall objects without laying them on one side. Otherwise, most reviewers seem more than satisfied with the Magnum's accommodations for five passengers, although some note that the passenger in the rear center seat should be child-sized. The materials are generally felt to be acceptable, though Cars.com observes that in the three years since the Magnum's debut, other car manufacturers are starting to raise the ante on interior styling for station wagons: "Faced with classier cabins from GM, Toyota and even Hyundai, the Magnum's interior is drifting downstream. The center controls feel plasticky, and the window switches have discernable gaps where they meet the armrests." But Edmunds reports, "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."

Reviewers generally like the look and the usefulness of the Magnum's dashboard controls and instruments: "Easy-to-read controls and silver-accented gauges give the interior a nice combination of sporty style and functionality," says the reviewer for Kelley Blue Book. The Sacramento Bee likes that "there was no confusing mass of buttons and controls on the dash. Everything was within reach and easy to use."

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Seating

The 2008 Dodge Magnum seats two in the front and three in back. Reviewers feel that most passengers will ride in comfort, though some note that the Magnum doesn't have the seating space of competing vehicles. According to Edmunds, "the Magnum does lack the people-carrying ability of the latest three-row crossover SUVs. Shoppers needing to haul around lots of people on a regular basis may want to instead look at vehicles like the Mazda CX-9 or the GMC Acadia/Buick Enclave/Saturn Outlook triplets." Kelley Blue Book feels that "the Magnum has ample room for four passengers and their luggage, although the narrow windows tend to make the interior feel somewhat claustrophobic."

The front bucket seats are generally thought to be, in the words of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "supportive and comfortable." The reviewer for Cars.com found "plenty of range in the steering wheel and driver's seat, with abundant headroom and legroom to spare," while Newsday comments on the "well-designed front bucket seats with just the right amount of side bolstering."

The second-row bench seats also come off well with reviewers, with some disagreement over whether the center position can accommodate an adult passenger. The Detroit News sees the backseat as "easily fitting three adults," but Newsday comments that "because of the drive tunnel running down the center, the center rear seating is no place for an adult except on a short trip." The Kansas City Star notes, "Headroom, despite the sloping roof, doesn't seem to be an issue [in the back seat]."

Interior Features

The 2008 Dodge Magnum comes with a good array of standard features including speed control, power steering, air conditioning, front and rear reading lights and an AM-FM in-dash single CD player with four speakers. "The coolest new feature," says Motor Trend, is that "a reconfigurable display in the instrument cluster can now track the vehicle's performance, measuring 0-to-60-mph time, eighth- or quarter-mile acceleration, braking distance from any speed, and lateral and longitudinal acceleration."

Navigation

A DVD-based GPS navigation system comes as an option on the R/T and SRT8 models (part of the MyGig optional package). Automobile Magazine calls it a "particularly worthwhile option." Consumer Guide comments that it's "simpler than most to operate."

Cargo

With all seats up, the Magnum has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which becomes 71.6 with the second row seats folded flat. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds the cargo area "spacious, with plenty of room for strollers, bags, and even small bikes." But several reviewers complain about the impact that the Magnum's sloping roofline has on cargo room. "The interior space that suffers [from the roofline] is the rear cargo area, which feels pinched," says the Boston Globe. "Contrary to what its advertisements suggest," says Cars.com, "it doesn't hold a great deal more cargo than most midsize wagons, and its low roofline limits how high you can stack your stuff." On the other hand, reviewers single out the rear liftgate for praise: "The Magnum has an innovative L-shaped liftgate that cuts into the roofline and opens vertically instead of swinging rearward," says the Detroit News. "You don't have to step back when you open the liftgate, and the unusual opening makes it easier to load bigger items." And several reviewers note that the Magnum has a special cargo area underneath the floor of the main cargo area. "There's [a] useful under-floor Cargo Management System with a pop-up bin area divided by cargo nets to prevent items like groceries from sliding around," notes Automobile Magazine. "Lining the sides and under the main floor in the rear of the Magnum," says Kelley Blue Book, "you'll find plenty of extra storage -- perfect for keeping those small valuables hidden."

Review Last Updated: 2/23/09

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