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2001 Dodge Stratus

  • 2001 Dodge Stratus ES Sedan

    ES Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/192
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,465
  • 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe

    R/T Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,805
  • 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Coupe

    SE Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/167
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,830
  • 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Sedan

    SE Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/167
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,830
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2001 Dodge Stratus Review

A sedan or coupe that won’t break the bank.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2001 Dodge Stratus suits families looking for a well-made, low-price car. For the most part, the Dodge Stratus handles and performs like an average family sedan. The main distinguishing feature between the Stratus and most of its peers concerns the low price tag. For less performance-minded drivers, the Dodge Stratus offers a bargain compared to more powerful models but also more expensive competitors.

The 2001 Dodge Stratus, while very similar in appearance to older models, receives a significant redesign in most areas. Notably, performance and safety improve significantly. In addition, a coupe version of the Stratus debuts. The Stratus coupe replaces the discontinued Dodge Avenger coupe. However, performance and amenity wise, the Stratus coupe seems closer to the Stratus than the actual Avenger it replaces.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Stratus SE, Dodge Stratus ES, Dodge Stratus R/T

What's New

The 2001 Dodge Stratus shows off nearly a full redesign. The Stratus now offers a coupe body style.

Exterior

The Dodge Stratus comes as a four-door sedan or as a two-door coupe. The sedan version looks similarly designed to the Chrysler Sebring. Steel wheels come standard, except on the Stratus R/T, which has alloy wheels instead. For such a low-priced vehicle, both the sedan and coupe look very stylish and modern. Just on appearance, the 2001 Dodge Stratus could easily be mistaken for a more expensive vehicle.

Interior

Despite the dissimilar body design, both the sedan and coupe offer fairly similar space for the driver and front passenger. Both models have similarly sized interiors, which seems a little unusual for models that offer sedan and coupe options. Overall, both body designs offer average passenger room and cargo space compared to most midsize sedans.

The standard features surprise many people because of the 2001 Dodge Stratus’s low price. Cruise control, a tilt steering column, remote keyless entry, power doors, and power mirrors all come standard. The Stratus ES also incorporates more luxurious features, such as power seats and leather trim.

Performance & Handling

The Dodge Stratus focuses on day-to-day driving and provides reasonable performance in this regard. The Stratus provides a good balance between performance and cost, so it lacks the level of performance found in more expensive vehicles. The four-cylinder engine provides reasonable acceleration, although the two six-cylinder engine options mark noticeable upgrades over the base engine.

Safety

Dual front airbags mark the only standard safety feature on the 2001 Dodge Stratus. However, side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes remain available as options. The Dodge Stratus R/T also offers traction control as an option. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Dodge Stratus a four-star rating in front collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Stratus 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.7-liter six-cylinder: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 3.0-liter six-cylinder: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price tag
  • Optional six-cylinder engine
  • Decent performance across the board

You Won't Like

  • Unremarkable performance
  • Optional features negate the low price tag

Sum Up

A sedan or coupe that won’t break the bank.

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