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2004 Pontiac Aztek

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2004 Pontiac Aztek Review

A fun crossover SUV with the power of a standard sedan and the cargo room of an SUV.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Since its 2001 inception, the main goal of the 2004 Pontiac Aztek was to attract the younger generation or just those who are young at heart. In reality, it's a crossover SUV that consumers continue to love or hate thanks to its out-of-the-box body design. Unfortunately, these intense features also had an impact on the resale value, leaving once happy consumers with little left on their investment. Looking beyond the exterior, there are not many other attributes that set the vehicle apart from its competition. When compared to its others in its class, it lacks in performance and handling. The low-grade interior components also didn’t launch the vehicle into leader status. On the plus side, decent fuel economy and a quiet ride can make this crossover worth reviewing if shoppers fall into the ""love"" category.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: automatic
Models: Pontiac Aztek

What's New

The 2004 Pontiac Aztek receives a new CD/MP3 player in addition to improved 17-inch wheels. As expected, the body design remains the same, although it fails to capture the attention of its desired consumer market. A rally performance package was also introduced, which added several exterior details to the already over-the-top body design. Expect to find front grill and chrome exhaust on this trim package sold in Fusion Orange Metallic, Black, or Silver. Also, consumers shouldn't expect to find many improvements under the hood or along the interior cabin. What it lacks for in model year upgrades, it makes up for in innovative lines and body design.

Exterior

The 2004 Pontiac Aztek is a four-door crossover SUV with back flip-up glass window and a hatchback door. Standard 16-inch wheels and spoiler are included with optional 17-inch wheels as mentioned earlier. A black grill and rear back bumper offset the colored body side cladding and fender flares. Impossible to ignore is the slopped front nose along with the angled back and abrupt lines that carve the exterior body. Most consumers won’t be surprised by the colorful palette of shades including Maple Red and Electric Blue Metallic. If consumers are searching for a subtle shade, look for available Black, Victory Red, or Liquid Grey metallic hues. Optional packages for camping enthusiasts allow a tent to attach to the back half of the vehicle. Other packages are also available to make transporting bicycles almost effortless. If you are still searching for more options, consider one of the two cargo systems that will hold up to 400 pounds.

Interior

The 2004 Pontiac Aztek can be described in one word: versatile. In one configuration, consumers can find two bucket seats in the front with two comfortable captain style chairs in the back. If you plan on transporting more than four consumers, you can opt for the three person bench style seating in lieu of the single chairs. The Aztek’s interior materials and components are among reviewers’ biggest complaints. Satellite Radio is an optional feature.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Pontiac Aztec's 3.4-liter, V-6 engine boasts a four speed automatic transmission. Drivers can take comfort in the 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque that are found in either version of the two base models. The only difference between the two is the available front-drive or Versatrack all-wheel drive. Handling is on par with comparable crossover SUVs, with the quiet ride being one of the most noteworthy aspects.

Safety

The 2004 Pontiac Aztec received four stars in front passenger protection and a full five stars for side front seat. It's also filled with many safety features, including side impact beams, daytime running lights, a panic alarm, rear door child locks, child seat anchors, and fully automatic headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Aztec: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Unconventional Body Design
  • Fuel Economy for a Crossover SUV
  • Safety Features

You Won't Like

  • Minimal Upgrade
  • Unconventional Body Design
  • Few Body Trims Packages

Sum Up

A fun crossover SUV with the power of a standard sedan and the cargo room of an SUV.

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