Entering a new age, Dodge hopes that the transformation
of the now-departed Intrepid sedan will herald in a new
age of glory. If anything, it should at least force the
other automotive giants to stand up and take notice and,
perhaps, go back to their own drawing boards.
The reason for that is because the 2005 Dodge Magnum is
a unique vehicle somewhere between a sedan, wagon and an
The Magnum is the first rear-wheel-drive car for the Dodge
brand in nearly 20 years, and designers used the opportunity
to create a vehicle unlike anything on the road.
The 2005 Dodge Magnum is offered in three model trims: SE,
SXT and RT.
Of obvious note is the sheer interior volume of the 2005
Dodge Magnum. Designer's raised the seating positions two-and-a-half
inches from current Chrysler Group passenger cars for better
command of the road. In addition, a spacious and flexible
cargo area has been added, featuring an upper flat-load
floor that expands when the rear seats are folded forward.
More storage is provided below this load floor for smaller
items and in deep pockets on either side of the floor rearward
of the wheels.
If you want special treatment in addition to the spaciousness
of the Magnum, you need only pick up an RT model. It comes
with leather upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped
steering wheel, heated power mirrors and a Boston Acoustics
Options for 2005 include a navigation system, satellite
radio, an AM/FM 6-disc CD/MP3 changer and much more.
Taking a cue from the Dodge Ram truck, the prominent front
grille of the Magnum features a texture of horizontal bars.
And everyone gets to ride on massive 18-inch tires and wheels.
Base SE models have a 2.7-liter V6 with 190 horsepower at
6400 rpm and 190 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The SXT features
a 3.5-liter V6 that offers 250 horsepower at 6400 rpm and
250 lb-ft of torque at 380000 rpm.
Up at the top of the line, the RT model uses a muscular
5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with amazing specs of 340 horsepower
at 5000 rpm and 390 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The V8
features Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System, which deactivates
four cylinders in idle and cruise conditions to save fuel.
The SE has a 4-speed automatic transmission; the other
models get a 5-speed automatic with a manual shift gate.
Safety and Security
SXT and RT models have antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, brake
assist and an antiskid system. They are optional with the