2002 Pontiac Aztek Overview


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2002 Pontiac Aztek Overview

Perhaps it was the odd styling. Or perhaps it was its unfortunate association with the off-putting Richard Hatch, who won one on the first season of Survivor. Whatever the reason, the Pontiac Aztek crossover wagon did not exactly heat up the market when it was introduced in 2001. The 2002 Aztek makes a few cosmetic changes to try and convince drivers to look beyond the surface.

For the 2002 Pontiac Aztek, the GT trim is dropped. Only a base model front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive wagon are available, both with a 3.4, 180-hp V6 and 4-speed automatic. The Versatrak AWD system is designed to distribute power only as needed, in an effort to be more fuel efficient, and it adds little weight to the Aztek. Though marketed towards adventure, the 2002 Aztek is not built for off-roading. Inside, the removeable console/CD holder/cooler is now standard on both wagons. Various packages add many options, such as heated leather seats, a sunroof, power seating, a heads-up display, roof rack, keyless entry, OnStar, and traction control. The 2002 Aztek seats five, but seems more designed for functionality, with many storage compartments in the trunk, removeable seats, an optional cargo tray, fold-down tailgate, and optional tent/mattress package. Owners report they can fit more cargo in the Aztek than in an SUV.

The most controversial aspect of the Aztek is its souped-up hatch appearance. Neither SUV nor wagon, it is easy to spot in crowded parking lots. Pontiac tried to temper that a bit by replacing the black-clad bumpers and moldings with body-color ones. It still is a big downside for owners, but they seem willing to live with curious stares in exchange for the 2002 Aztek's great handling and manueverability, good fuel economy, comfortable seating, and quiet ride. The cockpit dash is easy to access, and owners love the storage capability and the standard cooler. Biggest complaints are on the reliability of the Aztek, which has many problems, most notably with the A/C condenser. Engine power seems weak, especially up hills, and the hatch is heavy and doesn't release automatically with the one-touch button. The Aztek also depreciates quickly in value.


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