The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a historic two-door coupe, currently on its sixth generation. For the 2000 model year’s redesign, Chevrolet has drawn design inspiration from GM Motorsports and Monte Carlos of yesteryear. Many traits of older Monte Carlos, for example, the stylized rear bumper, wheel flares, and the vertically-oriented taillights, are visible in the new design. The 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has larger dimensions, which actually takes it from a midsize to full-size vehicle classification.
Once the two-door adaptation of the Lumina midsize sedan, the redesigned Chevy Monte Carlo is now a two-door version of the Impala sedan. The Monte Carlo has its own unique styling, which differs from the Impala, and gives it its own identity. As a full-size two-door coupe, there is very little domestic competition for the Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo was in a much more competitive domestic market as a two-door midsize coupe. It is an ideal car for buyers who still want the comfort and conveniences of a bigger car but are perhaps too hip for a four-door. The Monte Carlo comes with two available trims. The LS is equipped with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine with 180 hp. The SS comes with a venerable 3.8-liter, V-6 engine with 200 hp for more power and torque.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS, Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
The 2000 Monte Carlo hits the market with a brand new design that can be characterized as sophisticated, yet sporty. The early stages of the redesign included the involvement of GM Motorsports engineers. The company ensured that the vehicle not only looks great visually but also performs well on raceways as a NASCAR Winston Cup car. The end result is a full-size Chevy personal luxury coupe, based on the Impala platform with the right blend of contemporary sportiness and heritage styling cues honoring early Monte Carlos.
The Monte Carlo has its own distinctive appearance despite using the Impala’s front-drive platform. The Monte Carlo visually stands out at 198 inches long with a sloping hood, unique grille and headlights, front fenders and rear side panels with etched character lines, and vertical tail lamps in the tradition of the original Monte Carlo. Another distinctive acknowledgement of the Monte Carlo’s history is the ""Knight’s Crest"" badge and script lettering. Both the LS and SS models ride a 110.5-inch wheelbase with 16-inch wheels and tires. The SS gets a bit fancier and further emphasizes performance with standard 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, rocker panel moldings, a more rigid suspension system, a full gauge cluster, and twin exhaust outlets coming from dual mufflers.
The Chevy Monte Carlo can seat up to five people. Bucket seats are up front, while three people can fit in the backseat due to the Monte Carlo’s width. Both the LS and SS trims have a split rear seatback that can be folded to increase the vehicle’s 15.8 cubic foot trunk space. Designers obviously put some thought towards the placement of controls. The gauge cluster has a very contemporary look. The ringed gauges make each one look like its own individual instrument. Needles on the gauges are brightly illuminated and incredibly easy to read. Standard includes for the LS trim include tachometer, tilt steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM radio with cassette player. The SS has the aforementioned standard includes with the addition of cruise control.
Performance & Handling
The Chevy Monte Carlo cuts corners with vigor and has a solid feel while driving even the roughest road surfaces. A quick steering response makes the car feel extremely nimble for its weight. Although the Monte Carlo SS rocks a race inspired spoiler and shape, the car’s handling isn’t very different than any other weighty front-wheel-drive sedan manufactured by GM. Squeaks and rattles have been drastically minimized. The four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide confident on-the-spot stopping.
The Monte Carlo comes standard with dual frontal airbags and a four-wheel anti-lock braking system. There is no NHTSA crash test data available for the 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS: 20/32 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Distinctive styling
- Powerful V-6 engine in SS trim
You Won't Like
- Base models have no traction control
- Front-drive platform
Meant for the race track.
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