Smooth ride and predictable, sure-footed handling that makes it a pleasure to head into and out of those twisting, winding roads just across the border in Cheddarland. Plenty of power from the 3.8-liter, 205-h.p. V-6, yet still a most favorable 19
m.p.g. city/30 m.p.g. highway mileage rating. Bonneville comes with smooth, well-cushioned, supportive seats that hold you in place for aggressive driving, though the seat-cushion bottom is a tad short for total thigh support on long cruises.
But, wow, does this car need plastic surgery! Bonneville was redesigned only a year ago, and the body isn't aging well. Long one of our favorites for its sporty performance in a family-sedan package, the 2001 Bonneville looks bulky and bulgy on the
outside and the instrument panel is overcrowded with buttons, knobs, dials and air ducts--more ducts than Chrysler has cupholders. It once was fashionable to have a jet cockpit-like dash with 1,000 dials and assorted gauges. Now people want it
simple. Bonneville needs a stylist's blade to slim the outside and an interior designer to eliminate the confusion and busy work. Base price of the SE we tested is $25,075. The top-of-the-line SSEi comes with StabiliTrak and traction control
as standard. The base SE does not offer StabiliTrak, only traction control as an option--part of a $1,840 package that includes dual-zone air conditioning and OnStar among a host of items on our test car.