Dodge Stratus

The Dodge Stratus was originally released in 1995 as a replacement for the Dodge Spirit. Like the Plymouth Breeze and the Chrysler Cirrus, the Stratus is based on Chrysler’s JA platform. The midsize Stratus is marketed as a somewhat sportier alternative to the Breeze and the Cirrus, as well as many other midsize domestic cars from the same era. The first generation of the Stratus lasted until 2000. The second and final generation of the Dodge Stratus was produced from 2001 until Dodge discontinued the car in 2006.

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About the Dodge Stratus

Drivers appreciate the Dodge Stratus for its roomy cabin and racy exterior styling. The new millennium brought a redesign of the first generation Stratus. Second generation versions of the car come equipped with a more powerful V-6 engine and a number of additional safety features. In the early 2000s, Dodge also unveiled a coupe model of the Stratus.

Dodge Stratus Features

The sporty 2006 Dodge Stratus features an updated appearance and a refreshed interior. The car, which Dodge offers as both a coupe and a sedan, provides crisp handling, a sport-tuned suspension, and a choice of engines. The coupe model, which had at one time been known as the Avenger, is based on the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Sedan, on the other hand, boasts a Chrysler design.

Interior and trunk space are ample in the 2006 Stratus. The car also handles well, especially for a mid-range, mid-size sedan. The 2006 Stratus has more of a sports car feel than many other similar cars from the same period. This is due in large part to the capable V-6 engines on the second generation models of the Stratus.

Both versions of the 2006 Stratus come in a number of different trim levels. The coupe offers the base SXT version and the sportier R/T version. The sedan comes in base SE, midgrade SXT, and luxury ES and R/T versions. Most sedan models of the 2006 Stratus come equipped with 200 hp V-6 engines as do R/T versions of the coupe. The base model of the coupe houses a 147 hp inline-four engine. Sedan models include 150 hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engines. Transmission-wise, the coupes come with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The sedans all contain four-speed automatics.

There are also a number of value packages available for both the sedan and coupe versions of the 2006 Dodge Stratus. The SXT model of the sedan offers buyers the choice of the leather value package, the chrome value package, or the protection value package. The leather package includes leather-trimmed seats, a power driver’s seat, manual lumbar, a power sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, and an improved stereo with CD/cassette player.

The chrome package features chrome-plated wheels, fog lamps, a spoiler, and Camelot instrument and panel bezels. The protection package offers four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, low-speed traction control, and side-curtain airbags. Other options include Sirius satellite radio, automatic dimming rearview mirrors, premium headliners, rear grab handles, and front map lamps.

The sporty, updated appearance of the 2006 Stratus stems from the car’s aggressively styled body, racing inspired color palette, rear spoiler, and magnesium wings. Interior updates to the 2006 model include leather-trimmed bucket seats, padded armrests accented with medium slate gray stitching, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Dodge Stratus Evolution

The Dodge Stratus coupe remains a great car for anyone who is looking for a more expansive sports car experience than the average compact sport coupe offers. The sedan version of the car provides a terrific amount of passenger and trunk space as well as edgy styling for its time.

First generation versions of the Stratus changed only slightly until 2000 when the second generation was introduced. The coupe version was made available for the first time in 2001. Trim levels for the first generation sedans include base and ES. A 132 hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine comes standard on all base models made between 1995 and 2000. The more luxurious, ES version contains a 168 hp, 2.5-liter V-6. The base model also offers the option of a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with increased horsepower to 150.

Vehicles from both generations of the Dodge Stratus can be particularly good buys on the used car market. Most Stratus models have failed to maintain their value in the way many imported models from the same era have. That means it’s often possible to find a particularly good deal on a used Stratus. Second generation Stratus coupes can be an especially good buy for someone who is looking for an affordable but powerful sports car. Meanwhile, sedan versions of the car remain viable options for anyone looking for a practical midsize sedan with a bit of power, some drivability, and a touch of sports car styling.

Select a Dodge Stratus Year

2006 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


The 2006 Dodge Stratus is designed for families looking for a well-made, low-price car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,901

MPG
21-30
Seats
5

2005 Dodge Stratus

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports


The 2005 Dodge Stratus comes in a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,506

MPG
21-32
Seats
5

2004 Dodge Stratus

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports


The 2004 Dodge Stratus comes as a coupe and as a sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,206

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

2003 Dodge Stratus

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports


The 2003 Dodge Stratus coupe/sedan is an interestingly-styled alternative to Asian rivals.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,876

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

2002 Dodge Stratus

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports


The 2002 Dodge Stratus coupe uses the same platform as the Mitsubishi Galant.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,799

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

2001 Dodge Stratus

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan, Sports


The 2001 Dodge Stratus suits families looking for a well-made, low-price car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,517

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

2000 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


The five-year-old 2000 Dodge Stratus may be another midsize sedan, however, it gives consumers access to so much more.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,362

MPG
19-36
Seats
5

1999 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


Although Dodge markets the 1999 Stratus as a compact sedan, it's classified by the EPA as a midsize.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,212

MPG
21-37
Seats
5

1998 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


The 1998 Dodge Stratus classifies as a midsize family sedan that Chrysler launched in 1995 under its Dodge division.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,891

MPG
21-37
Seats
5

1997 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


The 1997 Dodge Stratus continues along the established Chrysler lines of providing adequate midsize sedans for low prices.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,821

MPG
26-37
Seats
5

1996 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


The 1996 Dodge Stratus comes with three engine choices, two transmission choices, and two trim levels.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,686

MPG
25-36
Seats
5

1995 Dodge Stratus

Midsize, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,576

MPG
20-32
Seats
5

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