The 2005 Stratus Coupe is one of those vehicles that makes
you want to keep on driving. It handles like a dream, with
power steering that is well attuned to your touch.
Dodge offers the Stratus Coupe as an affordable model that
brings a bit of everything. It offers the some of the best
value for your money required to. This is based on a variety
of measures including styling, performance, fuel economy,
purchase price and ownership costs.
The 2005 Dodge Stratus coupe is offered in an entry-level
SXT model and an R/T model. The Stratus sedan is covered
in a separate review.
Five passengers fit nicely into the two-door coupe. It offers
16.3 cubic feet of cargo room to handle a wide variety of
In terms of features, the base SXT standard package includes
air conditioning, an AM/FM radio with in-dash 4-disc CD
changer, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable
driver seat, a center console, power mirrors, windows and
door locks and a rear defogger.
There are quite a number of options this year as well.
A Leather Interior Package, offered with R/T models, consists
of plush leather upholstery, a 6-way power passenger seat,
a universal garage door opener, an automatic day/night rearview
mirror, an outside temperature indicator and a compass.
The 2005 Dodge Stratus coupe has a sleeker, flashier exterior
design than the sedan. This is especially so of the R/T
model, which comes with a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and
integrated fog lights. In addition, with the R/T a power
sunroof is available.
The efficient engine under the hood of the base SXT is a
2.4-liter, four-cylinder model that provides 147 horsepower
at 5500 rpm and 158 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
The R/T has a considerable increase in power. It uses a
3.0-liter V6 engine that can produce 200 horsepower at 5500
rpm and 205 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
Both engines can be mated to either 4-speed automatic transmission
or 5-speed manual transmission. With the R/T, Dodge offers
available AutoStick manual shift capability that gives drivers
of automatic-transmission models the option to take over
the shifting when they want. The handling is also a little
tighter on R/Ts, thanks to its steering setup and sport
Safety and Security
The 2005 Dodge Stratus coupe has a safety cage construction
with steel side-guard door beams. 4-wheel disc antilock
brakes with low-speed traction control are available on
R/T models and side airbags are available on both coupe