The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo continues with the redesigned 2000 model which featured bold styling reminiscent of its racing roots. The SS shows Chevrolet's giant leap forward in performance with a supercharged V-6 engine tucked under the hood.
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 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo gets an upgraded performance image by adding the supercharged SS. Two new appearance packages are available on the LS and non-supercharged SS, including the Sport and Winner's Circle. The LS sports new 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a unique appearance that features a short-deck profile, a longer sloping hood, distinctive C-pillars, and headlights and a grille that is set apart from it sibling, the Impala. Vertical taillights and badge lettering harken back to the 1970s model. It rides on a 110.5-inch wheelbase and measures 197.9 inches long overall. The LS features 16-inch tires and the new supercharged SS rides on 17-inch tires.
The Monte Carlo has bucket seats in front and seats three in the back although accommodates two better. The back seat splits 60/40 split, which folds down to provide additional cargo space. Drivers find the dashboard extremely familiar. The controls in the 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo look well-lit at night and well-placed. On the downside, the plastic inside the cabin gives it a very cheap feel.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS draws power from a 3.4-liter V-6 that puts out 180 horsepower. The supercharged SS contains a supercharged, 3.8-liter V-6, which whinnies with 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The regular SS gets a 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 200 horsepower. Both engines mate with a four-speed automatic transmission. The shapely profile deceives as it drives much like the Impala. (No surprise there considering how much the two models share mechanically.) It feels sportier, however, and proves easy to drive, but with disappointing steering. The transmission shifts smoothly and easily. It experiences only the slightest of hesitations when downshifting.
The 2004 Monte Carlo comes equipped with anti-lock brakes. Additional safety features include child seat anchors, daytime running lights, auto delay-off headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, front and rear headrests, and a rear center three-point seat belt. NHTSA crash test results look good for the 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Passenger and driver crash tests receive five stars; front side-impacts get three stars; rear side-impacts and rollover tests earn four stars each.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Monte Carlo: 19/29 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Strong acceleration with supercharged V-6
- Low sticker price
You Won't Like
- Mediocre performance on non-supercharged models
- Plain interior
- Lacks passenger side-impact airbag
Nothing to write home about when it comes to styling and handling, but the SS might warrant a paragraph or two.
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