Usually muscle car and station wagon don’t belong together, but the Dodge Magnum is just that – a muscle-wagon. Since its introduction, the wagon has been offered with rear-wheel drive and a lineup of powerful 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines. This wagon isn’t just for soccer moms (and dads).
HISTORY OF THE DODGE MAGNUM
The nameplate has been applied to various Dodge vehicles dating back to 1978 when it was a large two-door coupe. In the 1980s, Magnum was the name applied to the Mexican version of the Dodge Aries.
Finally, in 2005, the Magnum name would get the recognition it deserves. Dodge released the wagon, based on the same platform as the Chrysler 300. Engine options included either a 2.7L 6-cylinder, 3.5L 6-cylinder, 5.7L 6-cylinder or top of the line 6.1L Hemi 8-cylinder. An automatic transmission was the only option for shifting gears. Rear-wheel drive was standard with optional all-wheel drive available.
The Magnum was discontinued in 2008. For its final show, it got more aggressive styling, as well as interior upgrades. It was offered in SE, SXT, RT and SRT8 trim levels. The same powertrain options remained. Standard equipment included air-conditioning, full powered accessories, a telescoping steering wheel and CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary audio jack.
Our time with the Dodge hybrid was brief but it was beautiful. It isn’t every day that a manufacture takes a gamble on something as crazy as a muscle-wagon. Who knows, maybe one day, Dodge will bring the Magnum name back again.