Pontiac Aztek

The Pontiac Aztek is a mid-size crossover that was marketed by Pontiac from the 2001 model year to the 2005 model year along with its corporate cousin, the Buick Rendezvous.

As a four-door crossover with a front engine and four-wheel drive, the Aztek featured a four-speed automatic transmission with a V-6 engine. Marketed by Pontiac as a "sport recreational vehicle," The Aztek used a shortened platform shared with GM's minivans (e.g., the Pontiac Montana) featuring 94 cubic feet of cargo room capable of carrying a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood with its rear seats removed. The design employed conventional rear swing-open kammback rather than sliding doors and a bi-parting rear tailgate, the lower section formed with seat indentations and cup holders. Other features included a rear center console that doubled as a removable cooler, rear stereo controls in the cargo area, a sliding cargo floor with grocery compartments and an available camping package with an attachable tent and inflatable mattress.

While a commercial failure that is commonly cited as one of the worst automobiles ever produced, the Aztek has seen a resurgence in popularity and public interest in the late 2000s and early 2010s thanks to its association with Breaking Bad as the car driven by main protagonist Walter White. When filming ended in 2013, one of the Azteks used in filming, which was wrecked and undrivable, was put up for auction and sold for US$7,800.

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