The Monte Carlo once shared a common platform with similar cars from Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick, but it alone has survived to become GM's only offering in the personal luxury
coupe segment. Unfortunately, with Chrysler readying a new Sebring coupe and the
Honda Accord and Toyota Solara still alive and kicking, the Monte Carlo cannot afford to rest upon its laurels. Given a fresh interior and available V8-power last year, the front-wheel-drive Monte Carlo has increased appeal, for those who grew up with the name as well as empty-nesters looking to get away from their ponderous and fuel-thirsty SUVs.