2005 Dodge Stratus

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$20,135

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2005 Dodge Stratus

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Easy to drive
  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort on good surfaces

The bad:

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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2005 Dodge Stratus trim comparison will help you decide.

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 review: Our expert's take

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

It's reliable

This car met all my needs and drives smoothly. It has a spacious interior. The V6 engine is potent and quiet and you can fuel with E85 ethanol.

5.0

I got 240,000 miles and still runs like new

This car been running great ever since i bought it never had expensive problems with this car. I have 240,000 mile and feel like it can another 100,000. Great value for your money

4.3

very good car

car is roomy and good gas milage had a large trunk and love the Midnight blue color It is a good family car and would buy a another one when we need a new car

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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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