2001 to 2006: Dodge Stratus
Beginning in 2001, the second-generation Dodge Stratus was released. Like the first-generation model, the 2001 Dodge Stratus sedan sits on a 108-inch wheelbase. However, the newer model is approximately 6 inches longer overall and has a 16 cubic-foot trunk, up from the previous 15.7 cubic-foot trunk.
The Dodge Stratus coupe replaced the Dodge Avenger coupe, which was based on a Chrysler platform that also yielded the Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Eagle Talon. The Stratus Coupe sits on a 103.7-inch wheelbase, but is nearly as long as the sedan. Both body styles offer room for five, but the sedan offers 25 percent more interior room.
The base engine powering both the coupe and the sedan was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 150 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. That engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
The second-generation Stratus also offered optional V6 engines. The Stratus coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 making 200 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Stratus sedan offered a 2.7-liter V6 engine making 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque.
Competing models of the time included the Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat and Hyundai Sonata.
Earlier Dodge Stratus Models
In 1995, the Chrysler Corporation introduced a trio of new midsize sedans, the Dodge Stratus, Plymouth Breeze and the Chrysler Cirrus. Dubbed “cloud cars” by some, the Dodge was produced for two generations covering 12 model years. Breeze production ceased after the first-generation when the Plymouth brand was discontinued. The Cirrus was renamed the Chrysler Sebring starting in 2001.
The Dodge Stratus replaced the previous Dodge Dynasty and was succeeded by the Dodge Avenger sedan.
Upon its introduction and continuing through 1997, the Dodge Stratus offered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 132 horsepower. Also available was a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 164-horsepower, 2.5-liter V6.