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Question of the Day: What is your opinion of the Pontiac Aztek?

Give us your take in the comments section


What is your opinion of the Pontiac Aztek?

Give us your take in the comments section.

Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Aztek | Hagerty photo
David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. Hideous, but had a positive long-term impact on GM. The Aztec was a disastrous project, which GM lost a lot of money on. The financial loss was a factor in GM ultimately declaring bankruptcy, which was a fantastic event because it allowed GM to exit several horrendous union contracts that were killing the company. They emerged from bankruptcy as a far improved, far leaner, more financially viable company. So in some small way, I love the Aztec for helping the ‘old’ GM to circle the drain.

  2. The Aztek had some unfortunate design flaws on the front fascia and odd proportions in the profile that made the whole vehicle stand out, and not in a good way. The Buick Rendezvous sister vehicle had the same proportions, but a more pleasing overall look, which made it a bigger sales success lasting for 7 years and over 300,000 sold.

  3. The Aztec was so ugly that only a mother could love it. In fact, my mother had one, and she did love it, although I never understood why.

  4. Hideous but fast forward to today, it was over styled with off the shelf styling planted on it. Whereas we call today’s devoid of styling cars, good looking ? Look at the new Mustang, it’s melted.

  5. I liked my 1st Aztek so much, I bought another one. If they made it today, I would buy another one. Mine were decked out, and the storage was great and a very comfortable vehicle to drive. Absolutely loved that vehicle regardless of its’ outward appearance. The beauty was on the inside. I will say the batteries were a pain to change.

  6. Really bad. Quality, design, style, all of it. But with some tweaks or could have been “ok” to look at. The Buick Rendezvous twin was actually just as bad. It wasn’t the Aztek’s better looking sister, it was just slightly less ugly. A real POS for build quality. If they weren’t so ugly they’d be forgettable.

  7. I sold them, and most people back then had a love/hate relationship with them. they were produced at a time when fuel economy became an important decision, & GM just missed the mark when they ok’d a car with a horrible looking rear end !
    Customers who liked them,. liked the room, comfort & fuel economy, and I had waiting lists of people who wanted them.

    • The Homer by Powell Motors.

      “All my life, I have searched for a car that feels a certain way. Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball. Now, at last, I have found it.” – Homer Simpson

  8. I have 3 Pontiac Aztek’s. I think they are a great car.
    I maybe partial to the Aztek! But I think my Aztek looks great. Also the people commenting on the car need to drive one. They really don’t know how great the car is until they experience the car. After having friends drive my car they have all become believer. 

  9. I had one as a rental once, and likes it for its all-round visibility. Isn’t the most attractive vehicle, but not the worst vehicle I’ve ever seen. Definitely what happens when the corporate bean counters get a say in design.

  10. The Aztek is a perfect example of how a car company can be destroyed when decisions are made purely by bean-counters who tolerate zero input from real car-guys (& gals). When the Aztek debuted, we all knew the end-times were coming soon at Pontiac.

  11. I loved it. I have 3 girls and bought one for each of them. None of their friends wanted to ride along with them. It was perfect

  12. I had one, great vehicle, comfortable, easy to maneuver. Jut the right size.
    It was like a mini van but with swing doors.
    I would rather drive it than a mini van.

  13. Best description of an Aztec I have ever heard: “A DUMPSTER WITH HEADLIGHTS.” But I did think it was really funny that Walter White drove one in Breaking Bad!

  14. We called it the ‘SpazTek’. It looked like someone shoved an air hose up the 1990’s Pontiac Lemans’ as..uhhh ‘tailpipe’ and puffed it up. It was a great vehicle but un-sellably UGLY. This also made the SpazTek extremely popular years later. They are a cult car, now. Only one I’ve seen in years was on Breaking Bad. It was kind of a Tom Selleck/308 GTS kind of thing. LOL!


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