The Stratus is a nice car and is the family beater until my sister gets her license. We got it for a cheap 1,500 and it has 160,000 miles on it yet it pulls almost as hard as my Integra did. All the features work and they car held up to abuse from the previous owner.
I would have to say the 2.4 dohc is by car my favorite. It pulls hard and it has a nice grumble to it.
The interior did not hold up over the years, maybe more durrable seats and side panels. Even the slidy thing the shifter runs on is broken.