Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Pontiac Aztek Overview

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KBB.com 2001 Pontiac Aztek Overview

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Like the Acura MDX, the Aztek is built on a minivan platform. It is available with front-wheel or Versatrak all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.4-liter V6 engine producing 185-horsepower. Teamed to a 4-speed automatic transmission, this engine provides the Aztek with good acceleration while returning an EPA highway estimate of 25 mpg. In daily driving, the Aztek handles well, with good road feel, strong brakes and a pleasant ride. The lumbar support in the front bucket seats makes them very comfortable, although some wished that the seat-bottom were angled up a bit more. From the driver's point-of-view, you will notice that the B-pillar just over your left shoulder creates a bit of a blind spot, but the large side-view mirrors can be adjusted to compensate.

The interior is busy but highly functional. The center console doubles as a removable cooler large enough to fit some sandwiches and a few sodas. All Aztek models now come equipped with steering-wheel- mounted audio controls, which are well positioned for ease of use; Pontiac gets bonus points for backlighting them. The Aztek has cup holders and extra 12-volt outlets galore, rear audio controls for the back-seat passengers and redundant audio controls in the rear cargo area—so you can listen to music while you're camping. Alas, the very-cool tent package has been dropped from this year's option list. For 2002, 16-inch three-spoke cast aluminum wheels are now standard on two-wheel drive Aztek; AWD models get new 17-inch, 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels.

An intriguing side note about the Aztek's styling. We asked a number of non-driving-age teens what they thought of the Aztek, and to our surprise, none of them disliked it. They didn't fall in love with it either, but they were amazingly objective and non-cynical. Most said the Aztek had some cool features and might be fun to "check out." That's interesting to us and should be even more so to GM, because in five or six years, these amazingly objective youngsters are going to the next generation of automobile consumer.

What's New for 2002? The body cladding is gone, the GT model is gone and the cool tent/air mattress package is gone. But there is a new color—Champagne Beige!

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