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2005 Dodge Stratus

$1,031 — $5,527 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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)

What to Know

about the 2005 Dodge Stratus
  • Coupe and sedan body styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available manual gearbox for coupe
  • Optional side-curtain airbags for sedan

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.
(Skip to details on the: Stratus coupe)

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-h...
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.
(Skip to details on the: Stratus coupe)

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

What drivers are saying

4.3
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

very good car

by Sailing1 from Sumner, Wa. on May 3, 2018

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 Read full review

(4.0)

Great vehicle

by Mike from Racine from Racine, WI on April 3, 2018

My son owned one years ago. I was needing a different work car and noticed this one on line. Purchased it and have had great luck with it so far. I would recommend this car to anyone. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Dodge Stratus currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Dodge Stratus has not been tested.

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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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