Simply put, it has been the perfect car. Incredibly fast and smooth, very comfortable, plus loads of utility. Had an '03 Explorer before and sold it to a family member. Recently drove it again and couldn't believe the difference between it and my Magnum. The Dodge's handling and ride are incredible and you feel so much more in command when driving it. Now I'm spoiled for life! People seeing it think that because it sits lower and the windows are narrower, there's not much space inside, but the interior is incredibly roomy and comfortable, and you can easily seat three in the back. This car has made station wagons cool again!
Being faster than 95% of other cars on the road. NAV and stereo system. Positive responses from everyone who sees it, ranging from neighbor boy to seniors who have stopped me at the mall to admire it.
Am 99% satisfied, but Dodge must have cornered the world market on cheap gray plastic for the interior, and it scuffs very easily. It needs to be upgraded to make this a world-class car. Power doorlock switch is easily confused with window lock -- needs differentiation.
2005 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Wow ! I never thought I would see station wagons come back, and certainly not like this. The styling, the handling, the power; all amazing. I got the SXT with AWD and it really handles so wonderfully, you'd think you were driving the Daimler car that they took the 3.5L engine out of - the ride, the feel, the overall quality of this Dodge is more than the sum of its parts.
Style; the outside and inside fit and finish really turn heads and really look sharp and at night the guages inside really look cool, heated steats, Free Sirius ! You name it - there isn't a bad feature.
I would have appreciated the option to have the audio controls on the steering wheel (only available to the RT model).
This is a great vehicle for the 30 - 40 something guy with a family. Gives you all the performance, luxury, and utility a family man could want. It's definitely a good compromise between performance and luxury. BTW... this is probably not a good daily commuter car since you'll never get the MPG Dodge advertises. Plus you have to buy medium grade fuel (89 or better). All that said, I like the car a lot. It's the best thing on the market now and for 2006.
Hemi. Roominess. Profile. Tinted windows. Nominally quiet driving. 6 cd changer with MP3... say goodbye to your iPod!
Seats are a little too flat and hard. Could use more plushness. Steering is a bit too stiff at low speed turning. Poor MPG for "displacement" engine. Not as good as advertised. Lack of manual tranny bites. Windshield wiper controls should be seperate from turn signal. Cruise control is awkward.
I test drove the RT and the SXT and decided to go with the Special Edition SXT that offered what I was looking for....being a "Grandma". I didn't think collecting speeding tickets with the Hemi would set a good example. I picked it up and drove all day...what FUN..all the comments about people looking and pointing and asking questions are TRUE!!!! I had read and read all the reviews for the past 3 mos.and really wondered if it wasn't just being overrated by everyone..After going 2 miles on the test drive, I was a believer..As the saying goes....Try it, you just might like it! Quiet, QUICK, Sturdy, beautiful...I could go on and on but you need to see for yourself.
Heated leather seats, Sirrus satelite w/Boston Sound System aiong with the Cassette/CD/6-Disc/MP3,the 8-way Power seats and adjustable pedals (I'm only 5 Ft. so this was a concern I had),Power Sunroof, ESP w/ABS,....just about everything..
Fog or Driving lights on SXT model...Dealer is adding these for me. Also, a choice on the wheels. The ones with the car look rather cheap. Need the polished, classy style or at least an option for them. With the Black SXT more BLING would be nice...