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2006 Dodge Stratus

  • 2006 Dodge Stratus R/T Sedan

    R/T Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/190
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,755
  • 2006 Dodge Stratus SXT Sedan

    SXT Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/160
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,825
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2006 Dodge Stratus Review

A low-price, family sedan targeted at people that do not want to break the bank to get a solidly-performing vehicle.

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Overview

The 2006 Dodge Stratus is designed for families looking for a well-made, low-price car. For the most part, it handles and performs like an average family sedan. The main distinguishing feature between the Stratus and most of its peers is the low price tag. For less-performance-minded drivers, it is a bargain compared to many more powerful but also more expensive competitors. The Stratus is not lacking in interior features, which can be a major selling point for some drivers. Features that are normally optional in similarly priced vehicles, such as cruise control and remote keyless entry, are standard. It is a comfortable vehicle with a nice, smooth drive. It is difficult to find a car with similar features that is not substantially more expensive.

The main advantage of the 2006 Dodge Stratus is that it is designed with a particular group of drivers in mind. It does not try to be the most powerful, most luxurious, or best-handling vehicle in its class. Dodge designed the Stratus to perform well for the day-to-day driving typical of most people. Instead of investing in a car that performs at a higher level than most drivers need, this car is built for everyday driving, and comes with a price tag that is far lower than what is expected for a car of this quality build. It is a good option for someone that wants a car to drive around without spending extra money on optional features they never use.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Stratus SXT, Dodge Stratus R/T

What's New

The 2006 Dodge Status completely dropped the Stratus SE and ES models. Considering the low price tag of the SXT, it is not surprising the two lower-priced variants were dropped from manufacturing. The R/T gets a few minor updates, including new wheels, a rear spoiler, leather seats, and redesigned interior trim.

Exterior

The 2006 Dodge Stratus is a four-door sedan built similarly to the Chrysler Sebring. The most distinctive difference between the Stratus and the Sebring is the crosshair grille found on most Dodge models. The R/T has a rear spoiler, which is not on the SXT model. Whether this makes the R/T more or less attractive is going to vary between drivers.

Interior

The 2006 Dodge Stratus is a five-seat sedan with about average legroom and passenger space for a vehicle of its size. The 16 cubic feet of trunk space is slightly above average, which can help drivers looking for extra room for groceries or other cargo. The standard features are surprisingly robust for such a low price. Cruise control, a tilt-steering column, remote keyless entry, power doors, and power mirrors are all standard features. Sirius Satellite Radio is an optional feature for both models.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Dodge Stratus is designed for day-to-day driving and nothing else. It performs the job well with good performance and handling in every situation it should be used in. There is nothing particularly exceptional about the performance compared to most similar-sized vehicles, but it gets the job done and usually for less than the competition. The acceleration depends on which engine is installed. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is a little sluggish, which is not entirely unexpected out of a four-cylinder sedan. The 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine fixes this issue, giving it above-average acceleration. The four-cylinder engine still performs adequately enough to satisfy most drivers, so the extra cost for the six-cylinder engine might not be worth it to all buyers.

Safety

Dual front airbags are the only standard safety feature on the 2006 Dodge Stratus SXT, which is a little subpar for a family sedan. However, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control can all be added as optional features. The R/T has anti-lock brakes and traction control as standard features, with the side curtain airbags as an optional choice. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a five-star rating in front collisions and rollover protection. In side collisions, it received a more modest three-star rating. In light of these results, the optional side curtain airbags should be seriously considered by buyers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Stratus 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Dodge Stratus 2.7-liter six-cylinder: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

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

You Won't Like

  • Unremarkable performance might turn off some drivers
  • Optional features can negate the low price tag

Sum Up

A low-price, family sedan targeted at people that do not want to break the bank to get a solidly-performing vehicle.

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