Millennials Digging Cars Their Parents Can't Buy New Anymore, Including the Aztek

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
millennials digging cars their parents can t buy new anymore including the aztek

Millennials. Who knows what they’re thinking? Well, maybe GM and Dodge did … in the early and mid-2000s.

According to Edmunds, the 18-34 age group of used car buyers are flocking to some discontinued metal including the Dodge Magnum, Chrysler Pacifica, Pontiac Aztek, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Saturn Outlook.

But, why would they be buying models that were so derided or unpopular when new?

Because they’re cheap. That’s why.

“Millennials are more practical used car shoppers than we might otherwise credit them,” said Analyst Jeremy Acevedo. “They may not go into the shopping process targeting these lesser-known vehicles, but when they see how their price tags stack up against other, better-known vehicles, they suddenly become a lot more attractive. When it comes to used cars, value and utility appear to trump just about anything else for many Millennial buyers.”

The millennial set isn’t just trying on something different to be different. They are being different to be cheap.

You can see the full list at Edmunds.

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  • Kmars2009 Kmars2009 on Sep 14, 2015

    Oh the sacrifices we make for a cheap car payment...and low insurance, with any luck.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Sep 14, 2015

    Saw a yellow one today. Even with the gray cladding, they look OK. And this one was in nice condition, at least outside. And yes, it's always a shame to read about these Millennial leeches! @redmondjp, surprising that the neighbor even allowed ONE repo, as that would fvck HIS credit as well as his dumba$$ kid's!

  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Sep 15, 2015

    News flash: Poor young people buy cheap used cars. More at 11.

  • MWolf MWolf on Sep 17, 2015

    I'm a "Millenial". I do indeed seek an SUV. Why would I consider the TrailBlazer? Well, my alternatives in the price range I'm stuck with because inflation is insane and in no way kept up with by what people in the dwindling middle class are being paid doesn't offer much better. A small car doesn't fit my needs or even my desires. You know the sort of car I found in my price range that was newer and had lower miles? Aveos and Focuses and Cobalts. Other options from this range are Explorers with awful transmissions, Saturn Vue (no thanks), Aztek (my eyes bleed, but at least that shouldn't hurt all that plastic), Jeep Grand Cherokee (not bad), and a few other ledtovers not worth looking at, let alone mentioning. The TrailBlazer, while not perfect, offers a pretty solid drivetrain with some gremlins in the electronics. I'm no stranger to fixing electronic stuff in cars myself, and would much rather deal with that than have drivetrain issues. It also has what I'm looking for in a vehicle (4x4 for the crappy winters, room for me, friends, tools, and other stuff, not to mention light towing when needed). So, for eight grand, I can get a vehicle that reminds me of a Skittle on wheels and offers nothing I want or need, or I can get an SUV that was well cared for and has about 90k miles that offers what I want, and can probably make it to 200k with a bit of love. Yeah, that Skittle sounds less appealing, doesn't it?