Dodge updates its midsize Stratus sedan for the 2006 model year with a freshened appearance, refreshed interior, and three new value packages. The Leather Value Package includes leather-trimmed seats, eight-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar, power sunroof, premium headliner with grab handles, illuminated vanity mirrors and map lamps, and a cassette player. The Chrome Value Package includes chrome wheels, fog lamps, a body-colored spoiler, and special instrument panel bezels. The Protection Value Package includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, low-speed traction control, and side curtain air bags.
Dodge introduced the Stratus sedan as a 1995 model. In 2002, a Stratus coupe (replacing the Dodge Avenger) joined the model's lineup, but production of the two-door version ended with the 2005 model year. For 2006, Dodge offers two models of the Stratus: SXT and R/T.
The Stratus SXT is powered by a 150-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder engine linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include air conditioning, tilt steering column, power windows/mirrors/locks, cloth seating, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 16-inch wheels, CD player, and rear drum brakes.
For 2006, the R/T gets a more sporty appearance with a 360-degree ground effects body kit and racing-style rear spoiler with magnesium wings. It also receives performance suspension tuning, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with low-speed traction control, 17-inch wheels, and a low-restriction exhaust. Interior updates include newly-designed, leather-trimmed bucket seats with perforated leather inserts, eight-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, and new instrument panel bezels. The R/T also has a premium headliner, a 120-watt Premium Gold audio system, fog lamps, and a compass/temperature display. Options include side curtain air bags, sunroof, satellite radio, central locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 6-disc CD player. The Stratus R/T is powered by a 200-hp, 2.7L V-6, which is also linked to a 4-speed automatic but includes an AutoStick manual shifting feature.
Dodge Stratus sedans compete in the Midsize Conventional segment, a very competitive group that accounts for some 2.5 million annual sales, or 15 percent of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market.
The segment includes the Toyota Camry sedan, the best-selling car in the United States in calendar year 2005 with 376,803 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Other strong sellers include the Honda Accord (369,293), Nissan Altima (255,371), and Chevrolet Malibu (245,861). Dodge sold 75,741 Stratus sedans in calendar year 2005.
|SXT||4 speed automatic||$20,825||150-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||22/30|
|R/T||4 speed automatic||$23,755||200-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|