The affordably priced, front-wheel-drive 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo is one of the few affordable luxury coupes to offer a V8, and the V6 models boast impressive fuel economy on the highway. It also stands out for offering both an agreeable ride and sharp handling.
For the 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the 3.9L V6 has been dropped. Suspensions have been retuned across the line, and a factory-installed remote starting system is now available. The mid-range LT model gets increased standard equipment and the LTZ model has been discontinued. A new Rally Stripe package is available on the SS, XM satellite radio is now standard on the SS, and 17-inch alloy wheels are now standard on the LT.
- Available powerful V8
- smooth ride
- front-seat comfort
- highway fuel economy.
Both sporty and luxurious, the 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is offered in three models: the LS, the more luxurious LT, and the high-performance SS. The LS and LT both get a 211-horsepower 3.5L V6 with variable valve timing, and the SS gets a 303-horsepower 5.3L small-block V8. The V8 uses Active Fuel Management technology to help decrease fuel consumption when coasting or cruising. Both engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The top-of-the-range SS builds on the model's NASCAR heritage and strong following in the Southeast, with a distinct front and rear appearance, Corvette-inspired bright exhaust outlets, and an available Rally Stripe package.
The front-wheel-drive Monte Carlo claims to offer good handling in all variants, with gas-charged struts and stabilizer bars used front and back. Two different suspensions are available on the Monte Carlo. The FE2 suspension standard on the LS and LT has a calibration that emphasizes ride quality and comfort while maintaining sporty handling; LT model is offered with larger 17-inch wheels for better high-speed control. The top FE4 suspension gets larger front and rear stabilizer bars, along wit 18-inch wheels and W-rated performance tires for a stiffer ride to handle the V8's power.
Fuel economy is also a strong point on V6 models, with an EPA highway rating of 31 miles per gallon.
Inside, the Monte Carlo's interior has a cleaner, simpler appearance than past models, with available Nuance leather seating that brings center-cushion French seams, firmer padding, and improved lumbar support.
All Monte Carlos get four-wheel disc brakes; ABS and electronic brake-force distribution are also standard on the LT and SS. Seat-mounted side air bags, which provide head and torso protection for front-seat occupants, are optional.
The base LS model comes equipped with most popular conveniences, like air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and an AM/FM/CD sound system. LT models upgrade to steering-wheel audio controls, an upgraded gauge cluster, dual-zone climate control, a remote vehicle start system, and an MP3-compatible audio system with auxiliary input jack. The SS--in addition to the V8, appearance changes, and a number of mechanical upgrades--gets interior features similar to those of the LT. Notable options on the top models include a sunroof, upgraded eight-speaker audio, and heated leather front seats.