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1995 Dodge Stratus Review
An average sedan at best.
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The 1995 Dodge Stratus series is an attempt by the manufacturer to cater to the gap between the Chrysler Cirrus and the less-expensive Plymouth Breeze. However, both models offer many luxury features normally associated with more expensive cars. This series is designed for families, and while it does not offer sports car performance, it has more than enough power to comfortably transport a family and their luggage.
The interior is comfortable and luxurious. The new design approach (placing the wheels at the corners thereby creating more cabin space) has certainly paid handsome dividends. The 1995 Dodge Stratus is an attractive car that should offer years of travel. It is economical and particularly safe for its class. It is unfortunate that the Dodge Stratus has attracted a number of complaints regarding the reliability of its electrical systems during cold weather. There are a wide variety of optional extras available.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Stratus, Dodge Stratus ES
The 1995 Dodge Stratus offers completely new styling as part of the manufacturer’s strategy to win back market share. Both models now offer dual front-impact airbags and power brakes as standard features.
The four-door 1995 Dodge Stratus series is the first to feature Chrysler’s cab-forward design. Minimum overhang is achieved by the fact that the wheels have been moved to the corners of the car. This allows for much better space utilization. The cabin slopes steeply to the front and features large side windows. The end result is a vehicle that looks slightly aggressive. The modern design promises to stay current for many years. Both models are available in a wide range of attractive colors. The lower parts of the side panels are protected with cladding to prevent scratches.
The interior of the 1995 Dodge Stratus series has been designed with comfort in mind. There is ample leg and headroom in both the front and back. The back seats can be folded down to provide additional luggage space. Both front seats are adjustable, as is the steering wheel. The climate control system is highly efficient. Both models boast cruise control as a standard feature. There is a high-quality, factory-fitted sound system, but CD players are optional. The instruments are well distributed and are clearly visible. Upgradeable features include a factory-fitted baby seat and power windows, as well as a power driver’s seat. All the controls are within easy reach and there are many useful warning systems.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Dodge Stratus has average performance ratings. Acceleration is acceptable but not spectacular. The power steering makes handling easy. Some reviewers have complained about the lack of power when driving along steep grades. However, most reviewers agree that it has more than enough power to cope with most driving demands. Noise levels are minimal and the suspension is designed to provide a soft ride. Counter-rotating balance shafts ensure that vibration is also kept to a minimum. The Dodge Stratus has come under fire for a variety of handling and performance issues in cold weather.
The 1995 Dodge Stratus boasts excellent visibility all around. The rear windows feature defrosters. The front is fitted with powerful fog lights. Both models feature dual front-impact airbags. The ES model has anti-lock brakes, an optional extra for the base model. The side-impact performance of both models exceeds official specifications. All seats are fitted with three-point adjustable safety belts. Integrated rear child seats can be fitted on request.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Comfortable drive and plush seats
- Futuristic styling and many luxury features
- Lots of head and leg room in front and back
- Good fuel economy
- Good value for money
You Won't Like
- Poor performance in cold and wet weather
- After sales service not as good as it could be
An average sedan at best.
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