Over the years, the sport utility vehicle has transformed itself from a truck-like beast to the gas-efficient crossover vehicles we see dominating the road today. Today’s SUVs are a direct descendant of the original Jeep and Chevrolet models, but there are also several forgotten SUV models that helped pave the way for the cars of today.
It wasn’t always easy, of course, and many SUVs failed to gain a significant market share. We looked back at 30 obscure SUVs from past decades. Read on as we take a look at these forgotten relics of a different era in automotive design.
30: Pontiac Aztek
At the dawn of the new millennium, the first SUV boom hit. The Pontiac Aztek was a concept car from that era. GM thought it could target a new group of buyers who were “outdoorsy.” However, its design was highly polarizing and buyers weren’t going for it.
Even a tie-in with hit TV show ‘Dark Angel’ didn’t do anything to bolster sales. Yes, even Jessica Alba couldn’t help this lackluster Pontiac. Surprisingly, the Aztek experienced a resurgence thanks to a hit TV show called ‘Breaking Bad.’ All of a sudden, the Aztek was back in style and the resale value of these things has soured ever since.