2002 Dodge Stratus

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$17,755

starting MSRP

2002 Dodge Stratus

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • SXT

  • SE Plus

  • SE

    $17,755

  • ES

    $21,015

  • R/T

    $21,625

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Our 2002 Dodge Stratus trim comparison will help you decide.

2002 Dodge Stratus review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Side, curtain-type airbags are a new option for the midsize Stratus sedan. Early in 2002, a limited-production R/T sedan is scheduled to join the existing R/T coupe, incorporating a rear spoiler, a specially tuned suspension and 17-inch tires. Both the sedan and compact Stratus coupe were redesigned for 2001. The sedan was created by DaimlerChrysler and is manufactured in Michigan. The Chrysler division also offers a Sebring sedan and convertible, but Dodge has no soft-top model.

The Stratus coupe is based on the same platform used by the Mitsubishi Galant, and while DaimlerChrysler designs both cars and builds them at its Illinois plant, the engines are from Mitsubishi. They are classified as compact cars by the cars.com measuring standard, due to their shorter wheelbases. Here, too, Chrysler has an equivalent under the Sebring badge. Offered in SE and the upscale ES trim levels, the Stratus sedan can be equipped with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine.

Exterior
The sedan’s styling resembles that of its coupe cousin, even though the two body styles share no sheet metal. Chrysler’s Sebring sedan uses the same roof and side panels as the four-door Stratus, but the two have different front and rear styling. Dodge is notable for its crossbar-style grille, which gives a considerably different front-end look than that displayed by the Sebring series. On a 108-inch wheelbase, the Stratus measures just over 191 inches long overall. Tires are 15 inches in diameter on the SE sedan, but 16-inchers are standard on the ES model.

Interior
Five-passenger seating includes two front bucket seats and a 60/40-split, three-place rear bench that folds to yield additional cargo space. Trunk volume is an ample 16 cubic feet, but the opening is rather small and high. An abundant standard-equipment list includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering column, a rear-window defroster, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The standard four-speaker stereo includes a cassette player.

Under the Hood
The base Stratus SE comes with a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. A 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 is standard on the ES sedan and optional on the SE; this engine is borrowed from Dodge’s full-size Intrepid sedan. An AutoStick feature for the automatic transmission permits manually selected gear changes by tipping the gearshift lever; it is optional on the ES sedan.

Safety
Multistage front airbags deploy at one of three levels, based on impact speed and crash severity. Curtain-type airbags that deploy along the side windows and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
Expect no surprises from the Stratus. It delivers a pleasant driving experience but doesn’t try to be anything more than a family sedan. But that perception might change when the new R/T sedan joins the lineup.

The V-6 engine is potent and quiet, but the four-cylinder actually performs with sufficient eagerness to satisfy most owners. The smaller engine produces a tiny amount of additional noise from beneath the hood. The Stratus is easy to drive and maneuver, and it offers a spacious interior, comfortable seating and a big trunk. Though harsh pavement can produce some unpleasant reactions, the ride is generally smooth and easy. Considering its road-going behavior and how much equipment is standard for a reasonable sticker price, the four-door Stratus is well worth a close look.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 3.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Reliable, fun and cheap

I have a 2002 dodge stratus RT manual coupe, it's awesome 212k miles still going strong, for only having 200 hp it moves, when you want it to go it goes. Love this car and haven't had any mechanical problems, they're hard to find, but if you do for the right price, no reason you shouldn't check it out.

4.1

unique and distinctive styling.

great everyday driver. good on gas, easy to drive when you get used to it. nice sound system. I think it's styling is so unique. Kind of looks like a Maserati from the front. The women at work think it's an exotic sports car. Passenger compartment gets kind of hot on your feet even with a/c on full. I will keep it running and maintained as long as I can.

5.0

150 MPH Mexican police car with SRT4 engine

One of 1400 made especially for the Mexican Hwy Patrol by Dodge. It's EXTREMELY fast, corners like a Corvette & is reliable, I'll NEVER sell it!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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