1999 Dodge Stratus

  • 1999 Dodge Stratus Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
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  • 1999 Dodge Stratus ES Sedan

    ES Sedan

    • MAX MPG
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    • ENGINE
      2.4L V6
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1999 Dodge Stratus Review

One of the best values available in the midsize market segment in 1999.

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Although Dodge markets the 1999 Stratus as a compact sedan, it's classified by the EPA as a midsize. However, while it is indeed on the compact side in terms of midsize sedans, the four-door 1999 Dodge Stratus offers a greater abundance of interior space than practically any other model in its class. It’s also not bad to look at and delivers a level of performance that’s pretty decent for what is essentially a midsize family sedan. The 1999 Stratus features an array of engines that includes two capable four-cylinders and a more formidable V-6. Interior space is abundant, and there is also a generous list of standard and available features. The 1999 Stratus also earns generally good marks in terms of reliability and drivability.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Stratus, Dodge Stratus ES

What's New

Dodge implemented few changes to the Stratus for 1999. Those that were made included the introduction of white-faced instrument panel gauges, better looking wheels, and efforts to reduce the amount of cabin noise.


The 1999 Stratus is a handsome compact sedan that has more conventional looks than its corresponding model, the Chrysler Cirrus. The Stratus boasts a body-colored grilled that helps diminish its rather obtrusive front end. The car’s sheet metal has an attractive look to it, and the body design features soft contours and Chrysler’s extreme cab-forward design. The wheels, which have been newly redesigned for 1999, add to the model’s character and distinction. Standard features for the Base model Stratus include tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers. Other available options for the base model Stratus include a power sunroof. The ES model makes many of the available extras for the base standard. It also boasts 15-inch alloy wheels and foglights. Available extra options for the ES include a power sunroof and special factory paint.


The interior is spacious and ergonomically laid out. Dials, switches, and other controls look good and have a substantial feel to them. The seat fabric has a nice grip to it, holding driver and passengers nicely in place around turns. There is also an ample amount of passenger room in the backseat, despite it being somewhat low. The 1999 Stratus also boasts a spacious trunk with capacity for 15.7 cubic feet of stuff and a trunk lid that opens high, allowing for easy access for loading and unloading. Standard features for the Base model Stratus include bucket seats, power brakes, tachometer, cloth seating, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. Other available options for the Base model Stratus include power driver’s seat, power windows, power door locks, and an audio system with AM/FM/cassette and CD. Available extra options for the ES include leather seats, power driver’s seat, and an AM/FM/cassette system with a CD player.

Performance & Handling

In addition to its impressive looks and ample interior space, the 1999 Dodge Stratus is also fun to drive. This is particularly so of the ES model when it's outfitted with the available V-6 engine and Chrysler’s AutoStick automanual transmission. Even the Base model with its two-liter four-cylinder offers some thrills when it’s matched with the five-speed manual transmission. Responsive steering and a smooth ride all add to the overall feeling of ease that’s provided by driving the Stratus. Other available options for the Base model Stratus include cruise control.


About the only major area where the Stratus sees room for improvement is safety. Despite standard safety features such as driver and passenger airbags, the 1999 Stratus scores woefully low on crash tests conducted by the IIHS and NHTSA. Standard safety features for the 1999 Dodge Stratus include driver and passenger front airbags and available four-wheel ABS brakes. On the downside, the 1999 Stratus received a lowest rating of ""poor"" in frontal-offset crash tests performed by the IIHS. It did, however, receive four out of five stars in passenger-side impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. Standard features for the Base model Stratus include power brakes. Other available options for the Base model Stratus four-wheel ABS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Stratus 2.0-liter: 23/33 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.4-liter: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.5-liter: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Handling is great
  • Good value compared to competing models

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Low safety ratings

Sum Up

One of the best values available in the midsize market segment in 1999.

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