Small Changes Make Pontiac Aztek Look Nicer. Just Kidding – It’s Still Ugly As Sin

There are some cars out there that, despite their age, are almost universally considered stunningly beautiful – like, say, the Jaguar E-Type, which even Enzo Ferrari himself famously praised.

On the other end of the spectrum, there some cars that are panned by everyone for being so ugly even a mother would find it difficult to love. The worst offender in recent memory is the Pontiac Aztek which, for some reason, GM decided to unleash upon us.

The Aztek was a mid-size crossover built between July 2000 and August 2005 and, to this day, it remains one of the ugliest production vehicles ever built. It’s hard to understand how anyone could pen something like this and retain their job as a car designer – and even harder to see why it was signed off for production.

Pontiac no longer exists, meaning the Aztek will never be reborn. And for that, we are grateful. Despite this, YouTuber and designer TheSketchMonkey has decided to imagine how the Aztek could have looked if its design was more consistent. Not that difficult, really, considering how awful it is to begin with, but still…

When looking at the crossover, the first thing which stands out is the ghastly front end and the split headlights. To make the front look a little better, TheSketchMonkey re-shaped the grille and modified the headlights to give them a more modern feel.

Comprehensive alterations were also made to the sides, with a particular focus on the front and rear wheel arches. Unbeknownst to us for all these years, the front and rear wheel arches of the Aztek don’t match, as those at the front have a square design while lines above the rear arches are more curved. With both rendered in a more squared shape, and the rear side windows now running flush with the other two, there is an immediate improvement to the vehicle’s overall design.

Just kidding; it looks as horrible as ever. The only way to make an Aztek look better is… well, actually, we can’t think of anything that would make this abomination look even remotely like something a sane person should consider buying. Now you know the real reason Walter White started cooking meth in the first place: so that he could get rid of this garbage and get something decent instead.


  • roy

    Well the joke is on you because this actually looks nicer

    • Nexus7

      Looks nicer than most of the SUV/crossover mediocrity out on the streets.


    WTF, you guys are drunk as hell. It looks nice, but only if it wasn’t a GM.

  • Nordschleife

    I know the sketch monkey guy is about to be happy that you’ll start promoting him like Doug and Carwow.

    • Mike anonymous


  • Paulbe

    Looks a bit like something BYD may have put out around 2011.

  • Bash

    Looks better, now it looks like something Chevy would make for the Chinese market.

  • CJKnox

    Honestly, the way car design is going, the Aztec will probably be considered good looking in about 15 years.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Well ahead of its time. Weeeellll ahead.

  • Liam Paul

    looks like an Honda

  • Dark Rebel

    The Pontiac Aztek was actually ahead of its time! Usually that is how things go with consumers.

  • Paul

    Somebody has too much time to kill if they’re trying to fix the looks of this ugly abortion.

  • Rasta_Farian

    The car that killed Pontiac?

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