Why it Matters
Going into year four, the Magnum has won and lost buyers without compromising (unless you consider that V6 engine a compromise). It looks nothing like an SUV, or a crossover, or anything besides what it is: The wagon you owned when you were 18, the one you still wish you had tucked away in the garage somewhere. Few vehicles have such strong personalities anymore, so it’s refreshing that the Magnum’s refresh has kept much of that personality intact. Indeed, by knocking a few corners off the design and improving the interior, the folks at Dodge just may convince more people that it’s okay to love a wagon that looks like a wagon – on ’roids.
What it Looks Like
Dodge designers knocked a few rough corners off the Magnum by enhancing the side creases and stretching the front end, lowering the hoodline and adding chrome accents under the headlights. High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights are also available. Overall, the design looks more smooth and refined. For SRT8 models, changes include a restyled front fascia and a functional hood scoop.
Changes inside the Magnum cabin include higher quality materials, chrome trim and the now trendy LED backlighting.
What Dodge Says
What We Think
Photos courtesy of The Chrysler Group, Ron Perry