Yes, it came out years before GM decided to use Pontiac as a sacrifice to the reorganization gods, but I can tell you that the design aesthetic began by the Aztek is the reason why I wouldn’t even touch the damn things when my ’93 Grand Am started to be more trouble than it was worth. I mean, I grew up with Pontiacs (and Chryslers.) I can’t recall a serious problem that wasn’t the result of regular wear and tear. But with the Aztek, it was all over: I replaced my Pontiac with a Toyota. Even my parents defected to Mazda.
I know, it may seem petty. But I almost crashed that Grand Am on I-94 the first time I saw one of those things in the wild. It was just that ugly. And it’s only in the last few years that they’ve recovered… But I guess it was too late. Stupid Aztek.