The Dodge Stratus is a four-door family sedan released in 1995, which was meant to replace the ancient Dodge Spirit. The Stratus is also part of the triplets who bore Chrysler’s JA “cloud” platform. The Plymouth Breeze, Chrysler Cirrus, and the Dodge Stratus each bagged a spot in Car and Driver’s "Ten Best List" for the years 1996 and 1997. With a mid-size built and a sporty look, the Dodge Stratus managed to impress a significant number of supporters, which allowed it to produce two successful generations and a coupe version.
First generation (1995-2000)
The first batch of Dodge Stratus has two models. The first one is the base model called the SE, which featured a 2-liter straight-4 engine and an optional 2.4-liter SOHC engine. The second model, known as the ES, originally had a standard 2-liter engine with an option for a DOHC 2.4-liter engine and a 2.5-liter V6 engine. When 1998 came, the 2.4-liter became the standard engine while the 2.5-liter V6 was offered as an option for the ES models. By the year 2000, the 2.5-liter V6 engine became the only available type for the ES variant of Dodge Stratus.
Aesthetically, the original Dodge Stratus models shared most of its interior and exterior designs with the other JA platform cars. The Stratus, Breeze, and Cirrus had nearly identical interiors with only the design of the steering wheel setting them apart. All three are also equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and optional features like the Auto-Stick, anti-brake lock system, cruise control, power windows, six CD changer, remote keyless entry, and many others.
Second generation (2001-2005)
When the second generation of Dodge Stratus debuted in the automobile market, the Cirrus and Breeze were already phased out. The Cirrus was given a new name as the Sebring but the Breeze was completely discontinued. Being the last survivor in the “cloud car” ensemble, the new Stratus models ditched the old JA platform and got the revamped and definitely more high-technology, Chrysler JR platform.
This particular version of the Dodge Stratus was no longer sold in other parts of North America, particularly in Canada. In 2002, the models that were released no longer have the Dodge logo on their doors. The 2004 edition of the Stratus was redesigned with the goal of increasing customer ratings and sales. The production of the Dodge Stratus in the Sterling Heights Plant of the Dodge Company in Michigan officially ended in 2006.