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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Review

An American icon reborn.

Reviewed by Automotive on 8/2/2001

The 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a two-door coupe manufactured by General motors for more than five generations. The current version is in its sixth generation, which began after a major restyling overhaul in 2000.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe

Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6

What’s New


The 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo uses the same front-drive platform as the Impala, but it differentiates itself from its sedan sibling with its unique exterior design, including a sloping, long hood, different grille and headlights, and character lines on the front fenders and rear panels. The vertical taillights are a throwback to the Monte Carlo of the 1960s and 1970s, and so is the script lettering on the badges of the vehicle. All models have 16-inch wheels, although the SS gets cast aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, and a firmer suspension.


Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Insides, the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is designed with a good level of comfort and harmony between the driver and the car in mind. Seat design and control placement have also been carefully taken into consideration. The instrument gauges and graphics are very well-designed, and all the controls are easy to use and handle.

Individual temperature controls for the front passenger and driver are available as an option on the LS and standard on the SS. All Monte Carlo models come with bucket seats in the front and have a five-passenger capacity. Although a coupe, the size of the Monte Carlo is equal to that of normal midsize sedans, so it comes as no surprise that space is ample for everyone inside.

The front bucket seats can comfortably support even large adults, although the thick rear roof pillars reduce visibility to an extent. The quality of cabin materials is mediocre too.

The rear seats offer ample legroom for average-sized adults, but headroom can be a bit of a problem with the optional sunroof installed. Entry and exit is a little difficult too, but space at the rear is better than that in other competing coupes like the Dodge Stratus and Toyota Solara.

Performance Handling

The 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is available with two engines. The base model has a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine under the hood that delivers 180 horsepower. The higher-end model has a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine which delivers 200 horsepower. Both engines are borrowed from the Chevrolet Impala and are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

With the same engines and many mechanical components found in the Impala, it comes as no surprise that driving the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo feels almost like driving its sedan sibling. Comparisons aside, the base V-6 engines offer adequate acceleration for most purposes thanks to the responsive automatic transmission. The bigger V-6 predictably offers more power, although the difference is not noticeably high.

Thanks to its four-wheel independent MacPherson strut suspension, the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a stable and comfortable ride quality, even on bumpy roads. When combined with the front and rear stabilizer bars and Goodyear performance tires, the Monte Carlo offers balance and secure handling capabilities. The coupe turns very well around sharp corners with very little signs of body lean, all while maintaining a good road grip.

Although a little over-assisted, steering is quite accurate.


The 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is fitted with four-wheel anti-lock brakes with front cooling ducts, driver side airbags, and a traction control system as standard features. In frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA, the Monte Carlo received a full five-star rating for driver and passenger safety. In side-impact collision tests, the car received three out of five stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety.

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