The Dodge Stratus was first released was in 1995 and was available in two models, the SE and the ES. This model year was based on the JA platform and the Stratus was the middle-grade vehicle in this group. The SE model comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and has an optional 2.4-liter engine. The ES comes standard with the 2.4-liter engine and has an optional 2.5-liter V6. The 1995 model was part of the Stratus' first generation of cars, which ended in 2000. The 2000 SE Stratus had a 5-speed manual overdrive transmission, with 132 hp and a 16-gallon gas tank. The fuel efficiency is an EPA estimated 26 city and 36 highway mpg.
The second generation spans from 2001 to 2006. In 2001, Dodge discontinued the Avenger and renamed it as the Dodge Stratus. The 2001 model had a 16-gallon gas tank, the same as the 2000 model year, and had a multi-point injection fuel system. The mpg of this vehicle is estimated at 19 city and 27 highway.
The last model, the 2006, comes standard with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder power plant and 150-horsepower. The mpg of this vehicle is great at 22 city and 30 highway miles per gallon.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2006 Dodge Stratus a 5 out of 5 stars for overall frontal crash tests and rollover protection.
The 2006 Stratus earned a rating of "Good," the highest rating, from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for head/neck injuries, left foot/right foot injuries, chest injuries, and for restraints/dummy kinematics.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE DODGE STRATUS
- The 1996 and 1997 Dodge Stratus was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list.
- The 2006 model includes, one-touch power windows, which make it easy to control the air temperature and wind pressure within the vehicle.