The Monte Carlo's 211-horsepower V6 engine and soft suspension are tuned more for cruising than bruising. As this is how the vast majority of people drive, the Monte Carlo LS...
... will probably at least meet the expectations of most of its owners. The LT employs the same engine with a bit firmer suspension and larger wheels and tires.
The SS gets a 303-horsepower, all-aluminum V8, allowing it to move like the old muscle cars of the past. The SS package includes thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, heavier shocks and wider tires. The package works fairly well and allows the Monte Carlo to reach some pretty extreme limits, but ultimate performance is limited by the constraints of a front-wheel-drive system attempting to get 303 horsepower to the pavement and still maintain some level of manners.