2000 Dodge Stratus

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Key Specs

of the 2000 Dodge Stratus. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    132-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2000 Dodge Stratus Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
A new SE model joins the roster this year for the Stratus, a front-wheel-drive sedan scheduled to be redesigned for the 2001 model year. Stratus is built from the same design as the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze. While production of Plymouth's version ended in December, the present Stratus and Cirrus will continue through the end of the model year and new models will be introduced for 2001.

The new SE model slots below the sporty, better-equipped ES as the entry-level Stratus.

Exterior
Stratus, which comes only as a four-door sedan, shares its cab-forward design with the Cirrus and Breeze. The three cars differ only in front and rear treatment, wheel designs and exterior trim.

Interior
The cab-forward design and 108-inch wheelbase (longer than either the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord) give Stratus impressive interior space for its overall length of 186 inches, which is more the size of a compact car than a midsize. The roomy trunk holds 15.7 cubic feet of cargo, and the one-piece rear seatback folds for additional space. The seatback can be released from inside the car or from the trunk, and it can be locked.

Dodge is in a generous mood this year, giving the base SE model power windows, locks and mirrors and an eight-way power driver's seat at no cost. Front bucket seats are standard in the five-passenger Stratus.

Under the Hood
Dodge's generosity extends to the engine compartment with the SE model. A 132-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engin...
Vehicle Overview
A new SE model joins the roster this year for the Stratus, a front-wheel-drive sedan scheduled to be redesigned for the 2001 model year. Stratus is built from the same design as the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze. While production of Plymouth's version ended in December, the present Stratus and Cirrus will continue through the end of the model year and new models will be introduced for 2001.

The new SE model slots below the sporty, better-equipped ES as the entry-level Stratus.

Exterior
Stratus, which comes only as a four-door sedan, shares its cab-forward design with the Cirrus and Breeze. The three cars differ only in front and rear treatment, wheel designs and exterior trim.

Interior
The cab-forward design and 108-inch wheelbase (longer than either the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord) give Stratus impressive interior space for its overall length of 186 inches, which is more the size of a compact car than a midsize. The roomy trunk holds 15.7 cubic feet of cargo, and the one-piece rear seatback folds for additional space. The seatback can be released from inside the car or from the trunk, and it can be locked.

Dodge is in a generous mood this year, giving the base SE model power windows, locks and mirrors and an eight-way power driver's seat at no cost. Front bucket seats are standard in the five-passenger Stratus.

Under the Hood
Dodge's generosity extends to the engine compartment with the SE model. A 132-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission are standard, but SE buyers can get a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine and automatic transmission at no cost. Don't turn this offer down — the 2.0-liter engine is too weak for this car.

The ES model uses a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 and has the AutoStick automatic transmission, which allows clutchless manual shifting by tipping the shift lever left or right.

Performance


Stratus and its cousins at Chrysler and Plymouth are attractive, roomy sedans that perform capably. Sales have lagged recently, so hefty rebates of $1,250 and up make them more attractive from a price standpoint.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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(4.1)
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(4.2)
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(4.0)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Avoid at all costs.

by Tnipper07 from Georgia on May 12, 2018

I owned a 2000 model and at 92k miles, everything fell apart. Literally the mirrors fell off of it. Just a car to go from point A to point B. Read full review

(4.0)

Same power as the first day I bought it.

by MattTheGreat105 from Harrington Park, NJ on November 13, 2017

Perfect car for being gas efficient and still having all the power you could want. Extremely comfortable. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Stratus received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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