2005 Pontiac Aztek

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2005 Pontiac Aztek Review

Functional at best.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Pontiac Aztek is a crossover SUV with a reliable drivetrain. This SUV doesn’t deliver a lot of power, performance, or fine handling. In what appears to be an effort to be visually unique, Pontiac produced a vehicle with limited visibility for the driver due to an unusual hood and windshield design. The Aztek ends up looking awkward. Despite the effort involved in the Aztek, Pontiac announced an end to the series for the 2006 model year.

The Range

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

What's New

There were no major changes of note for the 2005 Pontiac Aztek.

Exterior

The 2005 Pontiac Aztek if nothing else has a unique look. The Aztek has an unusual front end and grille. One of the biggest problems with the design is visibility. The hood and front end can limit the driver’s ability to see the road and surrounding vehicles completely. In addition to difficulties seeing from the cabin, many consumers and auto industry experts were lukewarm at best and at worst disdainful of the Aztek’s appearance. Pontiac chose to offer the SUV in a few different colors including Fusion Orange Metallic, Sport Red Metallic, and Victory Red.

Interior

While the exterior of the 2005 Pontiac Aztek doesn’t do much for most people, the cabin has some advantages. Of course, it’s necessary to mention visibility is limited from the interior due to the Aztek’s unusual design. The cabin is comfortable though with bucket front seats covered in cloth and plenty of leg and head room. This SUV is also equipped with split folding rear seat. Power accessories such as door locks, windows, and mirrors are standard. Air-conditioning is a standard feature as well. The Aztek also has a six-speaker single CD player stereo, too.

Performance & Handling

The Pontiac Aztek is equipped with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine is capable of 185 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. The Aztek is available with front drive or all-wheel drive. Overall, the performance and handling of this SUV is awkward, and many industry experts feel the Aztek’s competitors offer improved performance.

Safety

The 2005 Pontiac Aztek has several important safety features included standard, though the front side mounted airbags so popular in other vehicles is notably missing. This SUV is equipped with two front and two rear headrests designed to reduce the likelihood of whiplash in an accident. This SUV also features ventilated front disc brakes coupled with rear drum brakes for the best stopping ability. Child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks are standard equipment for this model as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Aztek: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Adjustable interior

You Won't Like

  • Visibility is poor from the cabin
  • Inexpensive cabin materials
  • Awkward, perhaps unattractive styling

Sum Up

Functional at best.

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