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2002 Pontiac Aztek Sport Utility Crossover

4dr All Purpose FWD

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2002 Pontiac Aztek

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Introduction

After a lukewarm reception last season, the Pontiac Aztek is back with a revised look and a new model lineup. Even with its latest, better-integrated, monochromatic styling treatment, however, Aztek is still one radical looking beast, and folks who don't instantly love it tend to passionately hate it.

But if you fit in the former category, you just might find the Aztek offers some interesting virtues. It's fully accessorized for active lifestyles. Conceptually, it's a minivan dressed up in North Face gear and flaunting a snowboarder's attitude. Or think of it as a buzz-cut sport-utility with near-minivan utility. (All-wheel-drive is available). It's how Laura Croft would collect the kids from soccer practice. It's how . . . well, either you get it, or you don't.

Model Lineup

Two variations are available: the basic Aztek in front-wheel-drive ($20,295) and all-wheel-drive ($23,295). Last year's GT model is gone.

Standard equipment has been bolstered for 2002 and now includes a CD player, P215/65 tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a removable console cooler that holds up to a dozen twelve-ounce cans. Air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, fog lights, a cargo-area cover and a tilt steering column are standard. Azteks come standard with side-impact airbags and ABS.

A 3.4-liter V6 pumps 185 horsepower to the front wheels through an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transaxle. All-wheel-drive models use the Versatrak system developed by Austrian AWD mavens Steyr-Daimler-Puch. It is exceptionally compact, and allows Aztek to keep its low, flat cargo floor even in four-wheeler mode.

New for 2002 is a Base-Plus package ($985) that adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, deep-tinted glass in rear doors, a roof rack, and a cargo net system. A Comfort & Security package ($3,150 with front-wheel drive, $3,080 with all-wheel drive) provides an upgraded interior, plus traction control, one year of OnStar service, a Passkey III theft-deterrent system, a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a six-way power driver's seat, and a sliding rear cargo tray. The Deluxe package ($5,125, with front drive, $5,055 with all-wheel drive) adds a head-up display, leather seats, heated front seats and a six-way power passenger seat.

Almost half of Aztek's stand-alone options are sound systems. The remaining options include a power glass sunroof, power driver's seat, puncture-sealant tires, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a trailer-tow package.

Walkaround

After a disastrous sales launch, Pontiac pulled body cladding off the Aztek and went with a more monochromatic paint scheme for 2002.

The look is still polarizing. It leaves no room for in-between opinions. Some say it looks bold, stylized, and aggressive. Others say it's ugly.

Though the Aztek is built on the same mechanical platform as the Pontiac Montana, it doesn't look much like a minivan. Only its height betrays the minivan origins. And with its arching profile that rounds off the roofline at the rear, it doesn't have the boxy profile of a sport-utility either. It looks more like a giant four-door hatchback that's jacked up to a dizzying height.

In front, its wide track and stubby prow suggests the chin-forward face of a snarling bulldog. Its Pontiac-trademark twin-port grille is over-scored by ram-air slots in the hood, with amber turn lights mounted above irregularly shaped headlamps. The side-window shapes are angular and striking, fitting with the angular arch of the roofline.

At the rear, a flat pane of glass stretches between the high-mounted lamps. It opens along with the liftgate above. A short tailgate swings down below, expanding the opening into Aztek's cavernous luggage space. The lack of a rear wiper means you don't see very well out back when the rear glass gets covered with muck.

Interior Features

Understanding the interior is the key to appreciating the Aztek. Many of its interior elements relate directly to the use and storage of outdoor sports equipment.

Only the basic seating layout is minivan-conventional, with bucket seats and a floor console up front, a split bench in the middle and cargo space toward the rear. Bold graphic designs spread across the seat fabrics and door panels. Soft-to-the-touch molded polymers line the dashboard, doors and rear-quarter panels. Grab handles appear everywhere, on doors, dash and pillars. Four power outlets are provided, at the instrument panel (one), rear of the floor console (two), and rear quarter panel (one). An overhead console is optional.

Typical of current Pontiacs, the dash is dominated by circles. A recessed instrument cluster contains large analog gauges as well as four round air vents that have center joystick-style shutoff controls. Below the pair of center vents is a stack of audio and climate controls that features large easy-to-grip rotary dials.

The front bucket seats feel firm, with sporty side bolsters. The seatbacks recline, and offer rear storage pockets. The rear seatbacks fold individually to expand cargo space, or the seats can be removed entirely.

Storage compartments dot the cabin; there are even concealed spaces in the rear quarter panels and back sill plate. A twin-six-pack-size cooler locks in place in the front console; or you can take it with you when you go. Flexible zippered bags stuff into front door pockets to hold cameras, phones, CD players and other portable gear.

Optional storage systems are available for specific sports equipment, such as an interior bike rack, a cargo net system with 22 different configurations, and a slide-out rear cargo tray that supports 400 pounds of gear. There's even a specially designed tent that fits over the rear of the body with the tailgate and liftgate open, and a broad air mattress to fill the floor of the cargo bay.

Driving Impressions

Pontiac's Aztek does a reasonably good job of charging up mountain grades and handling curves.

Power flows readily from the 3.4-liter V6 engine. It musters up 185 horsepower and strong low-end torque, and quickly propels the nearly two-ton Aztek to speed. At high altitudes it struggles, and the transmission jumps between gears on steep grades searching for power that isn't there.

Traction control reduces slippage from the front wheels during aggressive acceleration on slippery pavement. A computer senses wheelspin and either dials back the throttle, gently applies the brakes, or both. It enhances safety on wet or snow-covered roads.

Anti-lock brakes allow the driver to maintain steering control in an emergency braking situation. Front-drive Azteks get front disc brakes with rear drums, while all-wheel-drive models benefit from four-wheel disc brakes.

A long wheelbase and wide wheel track add up to a broad stance that adds stability.

With all engine torque directed to the front wheels, the Aztek feels more like a minivan than a truck-based sport-utility. Smooth but firm suspension settings add to its car-like ride. Front-drive models are supported by independent struts up front and a twist-beam rear axle.

All-wheel-drive Aztek's ride on an all-independent suspension. The Versatrak system uses a compact clutch pack for each rear wheel. Intelligent electronics detects speed differences between front and rear wheels, then directs power to either or both rear wheels momentarily. This happens before the front wheels actually slip, maintaining steady forward movement.

Summary

Pontiac Aztek combines the features of a minivan, hatchback, and sport-utility. It features a comfortable passenger compartment, cargo space designed to accommodate sports equipment, and all kinds of gadgets aimed at making life more convenient. Its wild styling remains controversial.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Aztek ($20,295); Aztek all-wheel drive ($23,295)
Engines: 3.4-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, ABS
Safety equipment (optional): traction control, all-wheel drive
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Ramos Arizpe, Mexico

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Aztek ($20,295)
Standard equipment: ABS, rear window electric defogger, power remote liftgate release, four power outlets, tilt steering column, tachometer, front bucket seats with floor console, rear bench seat with 50/50 split/fold seatbacks, AM/FM/CD stereo, removable console cooler
Options as tested (MSRP): Comfort & Security package ($3,150) includes upgraded interior trim, traction control, OnStar, Passkey III theft-deterrent system, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, six-way power driver's seat, sliding rear cargo tray
Destination charge: ($550)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 23,995
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.4-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 185 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 210 @ 4000
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/26 mpg
Wheelbase: 108.3 in.
Length/width/height: 182.1/73.7/66.7 in.
Track, f/r: 62.7/63.8 in.
Turning circle: 36.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.7/58.5/40.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 39.1/61.0/38.8 in.
Trunk volume: 93.5 cu. ft. with rear seat removed cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent
Suspension, r: twist beam
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3,779 lbs.
Tires: P215/70R16
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity: 18.0 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of April 09, 2002.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-762-2737 - www.pontiac.com

Copyright © 1994-2003 New Car Test Drive, Inc.


 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade n/a
Passenger Crash Grade n/a
Rollover Resistance
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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