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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Drivers of any size should fit well in the Magnum
Spacious...ample headroom and legroom
upgrades' don't do much to bring it near the Honda/Toyota benchmark
Car and Driver
Occupants will not feel cramped aboard the 2008 Dodge Magnum, though interior materials are not as good as experts at TheCarConnection.com would like.
ForbesAutos describes the Dodge Magnum 2008 cabin as a "roomy and comfortable interior." According to Cars.com, "drivers of any size should fit well in the Magnum, as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel is standard, and many trim levels have power-adjustable seats and pedals." ConsumerGuide says the Dodge Magnum 2008 has "ample headroom and legroom, though AWD versions have a slightly narrower passenger footwell." This source adds the Magnum’s seats are "generously sized," but notes that but "flat cushions allow occupants to slide during aggressive cornering."
Storage and cargo space are fairly generous, but less than what you might find in other wagons, according to Cars.com: "behind the backseat is 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, less than what most comparably priced wagons offer...the sloping rear window means full-size suitcases can't stand upright unless you drop the backseat." However, "fold the seats, and there's a respectable 71.6 cubic feet of cargo room." Edmunds notes "the rear liftgate swings up rather than out for easy access, and the Magnum  offers an optional cargo organizer as well."
The 2008 Dodge Magnum falls short of expected quality of materials and assembly. Cars.com says that when "faced with classier cabins from GM, Toyota and even Hyundai, the Magnum's interior is drifting downstream. The center controls feel plasticky, and the window switches have discernable gaps where they meet the armrests." Car and Driver adds that the Dodge Magnum 2008 "interior features some minor upgrades, but honestly, after a quick glance inside, the 'upgrades' don't do much to bring it anywhere near the Honda/Toyota benchmark for material and build quality."
ConsumerGuide reports "noticeable roar from V6s during acceleration. V8s make throaty full-throttle growl--SRT8s sound like race cars--but are quiet enough in gentle cruising," adding that the wagon "suffers more road ruckus than 300 or Charger, mostly because of its open cargo area vs. a closed-off trunk."
The 2008 Dodge Magnum has ample wagon room and comfortable seats, but below-average materials.