The Pontiac Aztek. The car has topped so many lists since its birth, and death. But, unfortunately, it never really topped a list for positive things. Pseudo awards the car has been graced with are “Ugliest Car Ever,” “Worst GM Vehicle Ever” and “The Vehicle That Killed Pontiac.”
It’s a shame, because the 2001 Pontiac Aztek promised so much as a full-time activity vehicle, but it was wrapped in a seriously unfortunate package. Thankfully, General Motors has moved onto greater things in the crossover market, despite moving forward without Pontiac.
But we’re almost just as thankful Motorweek dug this retro review of the 2001 Aztek from their archives.
The video nearly praised Pontiac’s efforts in the design department, and calls many of the engineering efforts successful in their approach, including the rear lift gate with built in seats and cup holders.
We’ve had some argue the Pontiac Aztek was merely a product engineered at the wrong time. Despite its looks, the concept is novel, and many manufacturers have taken a crack at creating a sport activity vehicle with much better results.
No matter, hearing the 2001 Pontiac Aztek receive such positive marks is almost humorous over ten years after its inception. Check it out for yourself down below.