2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

  • 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS Coupe

    LS Coupe

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      3.4L V6
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  • 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Coupe

    SS Coupe

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      3.8L V6
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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Review

Large, affordable coupe that is lacking in performance and build quality.

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The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo remained relatively unchanged from the 2001 model. The two-door luxury coupe is based on the Impala sedan and comes in two different trim lines, each with its own V-6 engine. It's currently in its sixth generation with the latest version being launched in 2000. Changes made for the release of the latest models included the addition of further standard features, as well as new exterior paint options. A limited edition Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition debuted for the 2002 model year and has a limited production run with only 3333 cars being manufactured and sold.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo offer new standard features that include dual-zone air-conditioning with separate controls for the driver and front seat passenger, LATCH child seat anchors in the rear seats, and three-point seatbelts for all passenger positions in the rear seats. A new Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition was launched for the 2002 model year. It has the same engine as the SS model and was inspired by the late NASCAR driver. It comes in black with a red racing stripe along the bottom with silver ground effects below, and pewter leather interior. Dale Earnhardt’s signature, the number 3, and the Intimidator script are used to embellish throughout. Only 3333 will be manufactured and sold at selected Chevrolet dealerships.


The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a unique shape with a long sloping hood. The grille and headlights are different than those found on the Impala to give it a more aggressive and powerful appearance. The vertical taillights and overall lines are reminiscent of cars produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Both models are equipped with 16-inch wheels but can be differentiated due to the fact that the SS comes with alloy wheels as standard over the steel wheels in the base LS.


The 2002 Monte Carlo can seat up to five passengers with two front bucket seats and a three passenger bench seat in the rear. The rear seat is shaped for two passengers, but there is more than enough room for three adults to sit comfortably in the rear. The rear bench seat has a split seatback that can be folded down to increase cargo space as needed. The seats are comfortable, and visibility is good due to the large side mirrors and windows. The C pillars are wide, which may cause some visibility difficulties, particularly when passing. The cabin is fully equipped with comfort and convenience features including dual-zone air-conditioning, power locks and windows, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a driver message center. The SS model includes cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a cargo net, OnStar system, and remote keyless entry. Optional features include leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and an upgraded audio system.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS is fitted with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine with a power output of 180 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. The engine in the SS model is a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. Both models come with a four-speed automatic transmission only. Everything about the performance and handling is adequate, but not outstanding. The responsive transmission aids acceleration in the base model, and the SS model's larger engine is quicker both off the line and when at speed. Steering is accurate but can feel uncommunicative, and although the coupe has good balance, some swaying and body lean can be felt when cornering. The ride is generally smooth and comfortable, although engine noise can be loud at times.


The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo come with standard anti-lock brakes, front impact airbags, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. A side impact airbag is standard for the driver’s position in the SS model but optional in the LS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS: 19/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS: 17/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy and comfortable interior
  • V-6 engine in the SS model
  • Interior layout and controls

You Won't Like

  • Noisy ride
  • Entry and exit to rear area

Sum Up

Large, affordable coupe that is lacking in performance and build quality.

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