2001 Pontiac Aztek Overview


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Bring Back The Aztek And Pontiac For That Matter by Ladd
 — The Aztek is a love it or hate it vehicle. But anyone who hates them, has never driven one. I'll promise you that. It's an incredibly versatile vehicle. I've used it for long distance trips and campin... Read More
Best Car Ever by Josiah
 — This car has all the style with the most interior room I've ever seen. The pick up on it is amazing, and the fuel economy isn't as bad as I'd imagine. I love driving it and it has a very smooth ride... Read More
Love It by Justin
 — i like it because it has good performance. Any kid would want it if their into sporty looking trucks. performance it awesome on it. handles great in any weather, and it has a really good sound system ... Read More

2001 Pontiac Aztek Overview

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2001 Pontiac Aztek

Whatever you think of its looks, the 2001 Pontiac Aztek was a versatile crossover SUV aimed more at adventurous youths than soccer moms and family transport.  Looking more like a hatchback on steroids, with large black front and side moldings, the 2001 Aztek came as a base or GT model.  Both featured a 3.4, 185-hp V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission.  This was the first U.S. domestic crossover vehicle on the market. Initially sold as front-wheel drive, a Versatrak all-wheel drive version with independent rear suspension became available later in the year.  Its biggest claim to fame was as Richard Hatch's prize on the first Survivor series.  But like that series, people either love it or loathe it.  

Though not an off-road vehicle, the 2001 Aztek had a lot of appealing features for drivers needing to haul stuff other than passengers.  With only two rows of seats, both the rear seats and the front passengers seat folded down.  The rear seats could also be removed, expanding cargo space to 93 cubic feet.  The hatch offered a fold-down tailgate and an optional roll-out cargo tray.  A youth-oriented package added a built-in tent and blow-up mattress for car camping, and even added stereo controls and a lighter in the trunk.  While the base model had air conditioning and power options, the GT added cruise control, dual climate control, remote keyless entry, traction control, and a unique removeable center console that doubled as a cooler.  Heated leather seats and rear captain's chairs were options, as was a heads-up dash display that was less distracting for drivers.  The dash instrumentation itself was designed by a NASA engineer.

The most overwhelming complaint about the 2001 Aztec is the way it looks.  Ugly is bandied about.  Funky is more politely suggested.  But drivers say if you can get past the looks, the Aztek is roomy, functional, and handles smoothly on the road, more like a car than an SUV.  It is comfortable and gets good gas mileage for its size.  Seats are easy to remove.  Problems crop up with the A/C condenser.  Other complaints say the tent is cheaply made, it needs more power for towing capability, the one-touch open hatch does not open with one touch, and the check engine light comes on frequently.


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