- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

So what’s sporty about the Dodge Magnum?

How about the fully independent suspension, 17-inch or massive 18-inch wheels, a short front overhang, rear-slanted roofline, rear-wheel-drive layout, and optional 340-horsepower Hemi V-8.

And what makes it practical?

Try 3,800 pounds of towing capacity, a “super access” rear hatch that extends into the roof, and a five-passenger capacity.

And, for the luxury-oriented set, heated leather seats, a Boston Acoustic Premium Sound System, sunroof, adjustable pedals and exterior chrome accents are available.

Meanwhile, base prices stay under $30,000, even for the high-end models.

A first glance at the Magnum reveals its performance-oriented and aggressive intent.

The roofline is low slung and slopes back, the fenders are heavily flared, the signature Dodge grille with the ram’s-head badge sits squat in the front fascia, and the entire mass hovers low to the pavement.

Notable is the high beltline, with a side proportion of windows-to-glass that is reminiscent of hot rods, and little ornamentation on the exterior, making for a sleek profile.

Large 17-inch wheels and tires fill the wheel wells nicely, and chrome 18s arrive on the RT version.

Body-colored outside mirrors are shaped to maximize aerodynamics and headlamps are large with an attractive finish on the interior components.

Climbing in the cockpit reveals circular, competition-style, metal-trimmed gauges, a chrome-accented four-spoke steering wheel that is adjustable and telescoping.

There is an available five-speed AutoStick transmission and heated seats.

Interiors have an attractive combination of Dark Slate and Medium Grey Slate, with a center stack that comes with an optional navigation system.

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