The 2005 Dodge Stratus comes in a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. It is available in two trim levels: the SXT and R/T. Some of the most popular features of the car are a comparative low price, decent gas mileage, and a sizeable trunk.
The base model SXT has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower, and the sportier R/T has a 2.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower. Both models offer a four-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. In addition, the coupe offers a five-speed manual transmission.
The Dodge Stratus is not an attention grabber; however, it is a competitively-priced car with practicality, reasonable comfort, and fuel-efficiency.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic and auto manual
Models: Dodge Stratus SXT, Dodge Stratus R/T
In 2005, the Stratus gets a restyled interior in both models. Also added is a new Sport Appearance Package to the SXT model that includes fog lights, chrome clad wheels, and a rear spoiler. Otherwise, there have been no major modifications aside from a couple of new colors.
The Stratus’ debut was in 1995, and no major changes have been made since 2001. At that time, it received a stiffer body structure and cosmetic improvements in the interior and exterior. Since then, Dodge has improved the handling, ride, and noise with the addition of new safety features like side curtain airbags. In 2004, it gained a revised front end giving it a chiseled and clean appearance.
Even after all those transformations, the Stratus scarcely holds its own against comparable vehicles.
This car does not turn heads when driving down the street. However, it does have a certain amount of sportiness and practicality. The sedan and coupe are not extremely different in appearance although the coupe qualifies as a compact. Both boost a distinguished crossbar grille. The SXT come standard with 16-inch wheels while the R/T has 17-inch wheels and features a rear spoiler.
The coupe’s body is more sporty, shapely, and impressive than the sedan. However, the low-slung design can make entering and exiting the vehicle a bit problematic.
Seating consists of two-bucket seats in the front and a rear bench seat that has a 60/40 split seatback. The seating is for four or five depending on how cozy the passengers want to get. The trunk is roomy at 16 cubic feet, but the opening is diminutive.
The SXT has a decent list of standard features including air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and power locks, windows, and mirrors. In addition is an AM/FM stereo with a single disc CD player and remote entry.
The R/T additionally adds an upscale sound system with six speakers, a satin silver instrument panel, and a compass and temperature display.
Optional choices are a power sunroof and an eight-way power driver’s seat. Leather upholstery and an in-dash six-disc CD changer are optional for the R/T.
The controls are laid out in a practical manner and are easy to reach. The interior materials are of decent quality, yet it's not up to par with some of the comparable rivals.
Performance & Handling
Due to the strong body structure and supple all-independent suspension, the sedan delivers a pleasant ride. In addition, the power rack and pinion steering is quick and has a better feel on the R/T than the SXT.
The SXT’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower delivers a respectable acceleration with the dual overhead camshaft and 16 valves. Optional is an upgraded suspension for the SXT.
The R/T’s 2.7-liter V-6 also has dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder provide a smoother and faster acceleration. The sport suspension and bigger and wider tires give the R/T the best handling of the two models.
On both models, standard safety features include front airbags that deploy at one of three intensity levels and side curtain airbags are optional. Front and rear stabilizer bars, low speed traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, chrome alloy wheels, and anti-lock brakes with traction control are all options for the SXT. Also available are a remote anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, engine immobilizer, and emergency interior trunk release.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Stratus 2.4-liter four-cylinder four-speed automatic: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.4-liter four-cylinder five-speed manual: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.7-liter V-6 four-speed automatic: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Low price
- Respectable ride and handling
- Large trunk
You Won't Like
- Subpar material
- Unrefined drivetrains
- Uncomfortable and cramped backseats
- Boring look
Subpar interior materials and a cramped backseat in a car that struggles to keep up with comparable cars.
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