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2008 Dodge Magnum Trims


Avg. Price: $10,331

A performance-oriented CUV, the 2008 Dodge Magnum Base also offers hauling capacity and suits family needs. Engine power starts with a 2.7-liter, 190-hp DOHC V6 and 4-speed automatic with overdrive, but you can beef it up with either a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 or a 5.4-liter, 340-hp Hemi V8. The rear-wheel-drive crossover seats up to five people in two rows, with more than 40 inches of legroom in front and back. Rear seats sit higher for improved passenger visibility. Standard safety features on the Base trim include 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, and dual front airbags. New side curtain bags are optional, along with daytime running lights and foglights. 18-inch tires are available with the stronger engines.

More aggressive exterior trimmings and sporty improvements to the dash attempt to add more sophistication to the wagon, and you can add body-colored moldings and a chrome grille. Standard equipment includes cruise control, full power features, a tachometer, tilt and telescopic steering, intermittent front and rear wipers, a security system, privacy glass, remote entry, and a CD/MP3 player with an additional MP3 input. Rear passengers get cupholders and a fold-down armrest, and the seats split and fold 60/40, expanding the 27-cubic-foot trunk's capacity to 72 cubic feet. Tie-downs are standard, and a hard cover is available. A roof rack can be added for more storage space. Outside, the 2008 Magnum Base features a rear spoiler and front air dam. Options include heated mirrors, satellite radio, an 8-way power driver's seat, power adjustable pedals, and a CD changer and DVD player.


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Avg. Price: $15,192

This performance wagon gets a sportier grille and a lot more chrome accents, which, along with its standard rear spoiler, hint at its Charger platform and the 5.7-liter, 340-hp Hemi V8 under the hood. The engine offers displacement on demand, which deactivates cylinders when not in use, and is matched to a 5-speed shiftable automatic. This drivetrain delivers 390 lb-ft of torque and a 3,800-lb towing capacity.

The 2008 Magnum R/T rear-wheel-drive crossover rides on 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Four-wheel disc and ABS brakes, traction and stability control, dual front airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, foglights, and halogen lamps are all standard, as with the SXT, and the R/T adds automatic headlights and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Xenon lamps and daytime running lights are optional. A special Performance Package adds larger 20-inch wheels with performance tires, a sport suspension, suede upholstery, and special R/T badging.

For all its hot-rod pretensions, the 2008 Magnum R/T is also a family wagon, and it doesn't skimp on equipment. It adds a 6-way power passenger seat to the 8-way driver's seat found in the SXT, as well as leather seats and trim. Other features include a full power setup, cruise control, a CD/MP3 player with extra iPod hookup, satellite radio, heated mirrors, remote entry, intermittent front wipers and fixed rear wiper, dual-zone climate control, a security system, and a tachometer.

Front and rear legroom exceeds 40 inches for both rows, with the back row elevated for better passenger visibility. Cupholders, power outlets, and storage consoles on the floor, overhead, and in the back-row armrest are spread throughout. Tie-downs and a hard cover are standard in the cargo area, which holds up to 72 cubic feet, with additional cargo space on the optional roof rack. Other options for the 2008 Magnum R/T include a sunroof, wheel-mounted audio controls, a 6-CD changer, DVD player with remote and wireless headphones, satellite TV, a navigation system, and a sunroof.


Avg. Price: $16,443

Like the SXT, the 2008 Dodge Magnum R/T is available with all-wheel drive, mating the engine to a mechanical center differential and a 5-speed auto transmission with manual mode. The extra security that comes with the full-time all-wheel drive adds a bit of weight and therefore reduces fuel economy from 19/26 to 15/22 mpg city/highway. Better road grip is a result of 18-inch wheels with all-season tires, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, and traction and stability control.

Other safety features include automatic headlights, foglights, a tire-pressure monitor, and dual front and seat-mounted airbags. Side curtain airbags are optional. Disguised as a family crossover, the 2008 Magnum R/T AWD is an aggressive powerhouse, thanks to the 340-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 under its hood. A rear spoiler, chrome accents, and a larger front grille add even more menace. Cylinder deactivation features improve fuel economy by shutting down cylinders when not in use.

The 2008 Magnum R/T AWD adds leather upholstery and a 6-way power passenger seat to the equipment list, joining the full power setup, power driver's seat, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a security system, temperature display, intermittent front and rear wipers, leather trim, satellite radio, and CD/MP3 player. An extra iPod hookup is also provided. Two rows of seats are supposed to seat five, but really fit four comfortably, with the rear seats split-folding 60/40.

The cargo area comes with a power outlet, tie-downs, and a cover, and expands from 27 to 72 cubic feet. A roof rack is available. Media options include a 6-CD changer, a hard drive, satellite TV, and a DVD player with remote. Also available are a navigation system, sunroof, heated seats, and wheel-mounted audio controls. A performance package beefs up the wheels and adds a sport-tuned suspension, tires, and exhaust.


Perhaps the only crossover to get from 0-60 in under six seconds, the 2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8 uses its size and standard features to appeal to families looking for a car-like wagon, and its performance-tuned suspension, exhaust, tires, and 6.1-liter, 425-hp Hemi V8 to appeal to drivers who also crave a bit of fun on open roads. The engine is matched to a 5-speed shiftable automatic and boasts 420 lb-ft of torque.

The rear-wheel drive crossover comes standard with 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, a fully independent suspension, traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, and electronic brakeforce distribution. The SRT8 also features a self-leveling suspension for more responsive performance. Big brakes, strong sway bars, and large 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires grip the road, and dual front airbags keep front passengers safe. Side curtain airbags can be added for both rows. Foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic headlights are also standard. A large front air dam and rear spoiler aid performance and look cool.

Carbon-fiber trim, leather/suede sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel lend an air of sporty authenticity inside the 2008 Magnum SRT8. Going beyond the R/T, it boosts the power passenger seat to eight settings, matching the driver's seat, and offers a 6-CD changer, trip computer, and temperature display. Heated mirrors, full power setup with one-touch power windows, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, intermittent front and rear wipers, remote entry, and a garage-door opener are all standard.

Rear seats sit higher than the front row, feature a fold-down armrest/console, and split-fold 60/40 to expand the 27-cubic-foot cargo area to 72. Options include a navigation system, DVD player and satellite TV (with remote and wireless headphones), remote start, heated seats, xenon headlamps, and a sunroof. A roof rack is also available, along with a cargo organizer.


Avg. Price: $11,605

A bit flashier than the Base trim, the 2008 Dodge Magnum SXT comes with a stronger standard engine. A 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 and 4-speed overdrive automatic power the rear-wheel-drive crossover SUV, and if you need more power, a 5.4-liter, 340-hp Hemi V8 is available. A fully independent suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires keep the 2008 Magnum SXT upright, and standard safety features include a tire-pressure monitor, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, and dual front airbags. The SXT adds traction and stability control to the plate, along with foglights. Side curtain airbags for both rows are optional, as well as automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, daytime running lights, and 18-inch wheels.

A sporty new front grille and more exterior chrome, combined with a standard rear spoiler, beef up the aggressive image of the 2008 Magnum SXT. Inside, however, there are a lot of family comforts and conveniences. Along with full power features, wheel-mounted cruise control, intermittent front and rear wipers, keyless entry, a security system, tachometer, and a CD/MP3 player, the SXT adds an 8-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, and heated mirrors. There are cupholders for both rows, and three power outlets -- two up front and one in the cargo area. With the rear seats split-folded 60/40, the cargo area holds up to 72 cubic feet. Tie-downs are included, and a hard cover can be added. A roof rack is also available for the SXT. Other options add a power passenger seat, 6-CD changer, navigation system, heated leather seats, satellite radio & backseat TV, and a sunroof.


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Avg. Price: $15,192

Not available in the Base model, the all-wheel-drive system in the 2008 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD comes with a mechanical center differential and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This is matched to a standard 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 or an optional 5.4-liter, 340-hp Hemi V8. The extra road grip is supplemented by larger 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, standard traction and stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, and 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes. Foglights and a tire-pressure monitor are also standard. The 2008 Magnum SXT AWD starts with only dual front airbags, but side curtain airbags are available for both rows. Daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are other options.

The SXT seats five in two rows, with the back row elevated stadium-style and featuring 40 inches of legroom. SXT upgrades include an 8-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, and heated mirrors. These join full power features, remote entry, cruise control, intermittent front and rear wipers, a tachometer, temperature display, tilt and telescopic steering, a security system, and a CD/MP3 player with iPod hookup. Rear seats receive cupholders and a fold-down armrest, and split-fold 60/40 to expand the 27 cubic-foot-trunk to 72 cubic feet. An optional roof rack adds more storage. Most of the add-ons are comfort oriented and include a power passenger seat, navigation system, heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a 6-CD changer, and a sunroof. Also available are satellite radio and backseat TV and a DVD player, complete with remote control and wireless headphones.