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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; four stars, side impact protection and rollover resistance
All trim levels include the mandatory front airbags, but side curtain airbags are optional
Narrow windows impair outward visibility
The 2008 Dodge Magnum achieves good crash-test rankings, but some safety features are optional and its styling cuts down on visibility.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the 2008 Dodge Magnum five out of five stars in protection during front-impact crashes and a respectable four stars for side impact protection and rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the Magnum.
Cars.com reports that "all trim levels include the mandatory front airbags, but side curtain airbags are optional.” However, "parents with small children will appreciate the [Magnum 2008] Latch child-seat anchors, which are installed in all three backseat positions."
Edmunds says "four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all Dodge Magnum 2008 models, and antilock brakes, traction control, stability control," while "power-adjustable pedals are optional on the base Dodge Magnum 2008 SE and standard on all other Magnums."
It is unusual to see many comments on visibility, but the 2008 Dodge Magnum has traded some outward sight for sleek looks. Kelley Blue Book complains "narrow windows and a big rear blind spot are also bothersome characteristics." ForbesAutos also notes "narrow windows impair outward visibility." Cars.com says that in addition to compromising luggage space, the low Dodge Magnum 2008 roofline causes visibility problems.
The 2008 Dodge Magnum performs well in crash tests, but not all versions get the latest safety gear.