• (3.9) 34 reviews
  • MSRP: $851–$5,919
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-26
  • Engine: 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Dodge Stratus

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Dodge Stratus

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Side-impact crash-test rating
  • Resale value (especially SXT)

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Four-speed automatic
  • New option packages for 2006
  • Optional side-curtain airbags

2006 Dodge Stratus Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Stratus sedans for 2006 come in SXT and R/T trim levels. Interiors have been freshened. Three special value packages are available for the SXT sedan: Leather, Chrome and Protection, the latter including antilock brakes, traction control and side curtain-type airbags.

The R/T sedan's exterior appearance has been updated for 2006, courtesy of body-colored ground effects and a racing-inspired rear spoiler that incorporates magnesium wings. Leather-trimmed bucket seats, antilock brakes, a performance suspension, 17-inch wheels and a 3-inch exhaust tip are standard on the R/T.

Chrysler offers a similar Sebring sedan, along with a convertible that's not available with a Stratus badge.

Chrysler's Sebring sedan uses the same roof and side panels as the Stratus, but the two have different front and rear styling. Like other Dodge models, the Stratus flaunts a distinguished crosshair grille.

Aluminum wheels on the SXT sedan hold 16-inch tires. The Chrome Value Package available for the SXT includes chrome-clad wheels, fog lamps and a body-colored spoiler.

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, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Sirius Satellite Radio is optional.

Under the Hood
The standard SXT engine is a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 is standard in the R/T sedan and optional in the SXT. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. In the R/T, the transmission incorporates AutoStick, which permits manually selected gear changes.

Multistage front airbags deploy at one of three intensity levels. Side curtain-type airbags are optional. Antilock brakes with low-speed traction control are standard on the R/T and optional on the SXT.

Driving Impressions
The Stratus sedan 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.

This 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.

Consumer Reviews


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by sgs85 from Oregon on October 22, 2017

Very clean car in Oregon, Il. Guaranteed you will buy it if you test drive it. This Sedan has a very powerful 2.7L FLEX FUEL FOR GREAT FUEL ECONOMY AND GREAT FOR PERFORMANCE 200HP+ FOR A CAR THAT WE... Read Full Review

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2006 Dodge Stratus Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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