Dodge Stratus Engine
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The Dodge Stratus enjoyed a number of different names during its 10 year run as a product line. The care was also known as the Chrysler Cirrus and Plymouth Breeze in the United States and as the Chrysler Stratus in Europe. All of these versions of the car utilized the same basic engines.
The car was classified as a mid-sized vehicle produced for the family car market. The vehicle was marketed in sedan and coupe configurations throughout the products life utilizing a transverse mounted front engine driving the front wheels.
When introduced in 1995, the Dodge Stratus offered a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine as its basic power plant. This engine produced about 140 horsepower utilizing a single-overhead-cam configuration. Optionally, buyers could opt for more power with the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder engine produced about 150 horsepower while the V-6 boosted output to about 165 horsepower. All engines could be paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Mexican buyers could opt for a turbo version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine produced about 168 horsepower and was always mated with the four-speed automatic transmission.
A redesign for the 2001 model year limited buyers to just two engine choices. Both boasted more power than the earlier versions of the Dodge Stratus. The standard engine was now the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder offering about 150 horsepower. Buyers could step up to the 2.7-liter V-6 engine with 200 horsepower. The Mexican version of the car was still available with the same turbocharged engine that had been redesigned to offer more than 200 horsepower.
During the 2001 through 2005 model years, Chrysler Corp. marketed a Mitsubishi product under the name Dodge Stratus Coupe. This vehicle offered a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder of 147 horsepower or a 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 200 horsepower. Both engines were built by Mitsubishi.
Overall, the Dodge Stratus design was highly successful. The car was listed among the top ten by Car and Driver Magazine during the early years of the product lines existence. Over 1.3 million cars were sold under the varying nameplates. Sales began to fall in the as buyers looked for sporty and more powerful mid-sized cars. This lead to the discountenance of the Dodge Stratus in the spring of 2006. The product was replaced by the Dodge Avenger during the 2008 model year.