• (4.3) 22 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $866–$6,158
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-28
  • Engine: 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Dodge Stratus

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Dodge Stratus

What We Don't Like

  • Manual-gearbox operation in R/T
  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • IIHS side-impact crash-test rating for sedan
  • Resale value (especially SXT)

Notable Features

  • Coupe and sedan body styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual gearbox for coupe
  • Optional side-curtain airbags for sedan

2005 Dodge Stratus Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Dodge added a Sport Appearance Package to the SXT trim level of its midsize Stratus sedan for 2005. The package includes chrome-clad wheels, fog lamps and a rear spoiler.

Fresh interiors are available in the SXT and R/T sedans, while SE and ES models are now available only to fleet buyers.

Stratus sedans got a restyled front end for the 2004 model year, which included a monochromatic grille for the sporty R/T edition. The Stratus coupe is built from a different design.
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Chrysler offers a similar Sebring sedan and coupe, along with a convertible that's not available with a Stratus badge.

The sedan's styling resembles that of the Stratus coupe even though the two body styles share no sheet metal. Chrysler's Sebring sedan uses the same roof and side panels as the Stratus, but the two have different front and rear styling. Dodges flaunt a distinguished crossbar-style grille.

The tires measure 16 inches in diameter on the SXT. The R/T sedan features a rear spoiler, a specially tuned suspension and 17-inch tires.

Five-passenger seating includes two front buckets and a 60/40-split folding three-place rear bench. Trunk volume is 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, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Under the Hood
SXT sedans hold a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and a 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 is standard in the R/T sedan. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Multistage front airbags deploy at one of three intensity levels; side curtain-type airbags are optional. Antilock brakes are standard on the R/T and optional on the SXT. Traction control is available, and a BeltAlert system warns the driver to buckle up.

Driving Impressions
Expect no surprises from the Stratus sedan, which delivers a pleasant driving experience but doesn't try to be more than a family car. The V-6 engine is potent and quiet, but the four-cylinder performs eagerly enough to satisfy most owners.

The Stratus sedan is easy to drive and maneuver. It offers a spacious interior, comfortable seating and a large trunk. Harsh pavement can produce some unpleasant reactions, but the ride is generally smooth.

Stratus Coupe
Dodge gave its compact Stratus coupe a muscular face-lift for 2003 that included new front and rear fascias, a bolder grille, and revised headlights, taillights and side sill moldings. New 17-inch aluminum wheels were installed on the R/T edition.

Unlike the larger sedan, the coupe versions are based on the platform used by the Mitsubishi Galant, which is built in Illinois. Despite appearance similarities, the coupe is built from a different design with its own sheet metal and qualifies as a compact rather than a midsize model.

Except for two new colors, little has changed for 2005. Stratus coupes are available in base SXT and sporty R/T trim levels, with either a Mitsubishi-built four-cylinder or a V-6 engine. The R/T coupe includes a specially tuned performance suspension, a tuned exhaust system and 17-inch tires. Side-impact airbags are optional.

The Stratus coupe is an impressive road-going machine that also displays a noticeably shapely physique. Unfortunately, the low-slung design makes entry and exit a little difficult for less-agile occupants. The front seats are comfortable, but rear knee room and headroom are snug.

With its potent 3.0-liter V-6, the R/T coupe takes off in a hurry and moves with a high level of refinement. Even though it's a trifle balky and even inclined to grind now and then, the R/T's manual transmission yields satisfying gear changes. Pleasant clutch behavior makes up for some shifting difficulty.

Coupe passengers endure no significant penalty in ride comfort from the taut, confident suspension, which is quite absorbent. Steering is rather quick. Even in basic form, the Stratus coupe grips the pavement securely through curves yet delivers a smooth ride. Back to top

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There's got to be better

by Androloma from Denver, CO on November 9, 2017

Bought my 2005 Stratus in 2010 as a repo. Had many things go bad since, but it's fairly reliable. No excuse that the power windows in front are inoperable, the windshield wiper spray and a/c all no lo... Read Full Review

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