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What Is the Difference Between a Monte Carlo LS and LT?

by Jillian O'Keeffe

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo came in different trim levels. The last year the Monte Carlo LS and LT were released together was 2007. The LS was the base model, and the LT was a more advanced version of the LS.

Features

The base Monte Carlo LS lacks the driveline traction control and anti-lock braking system that came standard in the LT model. These systems detect and correct wheel slips and locked brakes. Both of these features are options for the base model.

Wheels

The base LS has 16-inch steel wheels, while the LT has 17-inch alloy wheels. The LT is fitted with P225/55SR17.0BSW touring AS tires. The LS, on the other hand, has P225/60SR16.0BSW AS tires. The tires are the same width, but the LT's tires have a larger diameter.

Weight

The LT weighs 3,396 lbs. due to its added extras. The base LS weighs only 3,354 lbs.

Air Conditioning

While both trims have manual front air conditioning systems, the LT has a dual-zone air conditioning system that allows the driver and passenger to control their own individual air-conditioning zone.

Audio

The LT has an MP3 decoder and radio controls on the steering wheel that the base LS does not. The LT radio is also satellite-capable.

Options

Available options for the LT that are not available in the base trim include heated front seats, leather seat trim and a HomeLink Wireless Control System that allows the driver to electronically open gates and garages from the car.

About the Author

Jillian O'Keeffe has been a freelance writer since 2009. Her work appears in regional Irish newspapers including "The Connacht Tribune" and the "Sentinel." O'Keeffe has a Master of Arts in journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University College Cork.

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