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Pontiac Torrent



  • I saw my first Torrent yesterday at the dealership. It looked good in black and from the front it wasn't such an obvious rebadge. While many who know it's lineage may quickly dismiss it, it is a HUGE improvement over the Aztek it replaces and the average potential buyer will likely embrace this vehicle if priced correctly. I would like to see a performance driveline package offered in the future. Pontiac needs a vehicle in this class.
  • Not to say they're putting the same shocks in the Nox also. The MSRP bothers me, since you must buy package group of options. Anyone buy one yet? What kind of deals off of MSRP are you seeing.
  • I picked up my Torrent a week ago. I love it! Sure, there are a few quirky things about it, but there is for every car out there.

    Mine is stone gray, with the Preferred package and the Sun and Sound Package. The only thing I might have changed is the location of the window opening buttons. That takes getting used to.

    I looked at many vehicles before I bought the Torrent. Most cars left me feeling like I was sitting on the ground. The other SUVs of this size had a choppy ride. Only the Equinox/Torrent rode like a car. I picked the Torrent because I liked its looks better than the Eke, and the dealer gave me a great deal on it. Plus, it's nice having a vehicle that no one else has (at least for the moment!)

    Would I recommend it? Yes! :)
  • I hope you didn't pay close to MSRP. Edmuds is showing $500 under MSRP. Not good enough in my mind.
  • The Torrents are now available at the dealerships. I ordered one before they were released and it was delivered shortly after the launch. I absolutely love it. It is extremely comfortable to drive and has more than enough room for my family of 4 (with 2 teenagers) and a dog. As a person with back problems, I find the ride to extremely smooth for an SUV. I test drove many SUVs and none were compared to that of the Torrent. Because the Torrent was not available at the time of purchase, I test drove the sister vehicle, the Chevy Equinox as they are identical except for the aesthetics. The interior chrome accents give the vehicle a touch of class, as do the spoiler, lights and wheels rims. My Torrent, a cashmere exterior has a black leather interior, was a special order as typically a vehicle with that exterior normally comes with the sedona beige interior. I’m extremely happy with my choice as it complements the “sports package” theme, which includes upgraded rims, sunroof, upgraded stereo and heated seats. It truly looks and drives and IS a vehicle with class!
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    Saw a blue-green crystal paint on a Torrrent which was stunning. The appearance changes over the Equinox are all positive. Hopefully, the handling and steering have been improved over the Equinox. The seats are the same uncomfortable ones as in the Equinox. Wouldn't put my enemy on the second row seats.
  • Compared to the Honda CR-V. They rear seat is far more comfortable in the Torrent. I agree. The styling of th Torrent is nice. The AWL drive has less front wheel torque than the 2WD. Just wished the offered more colors. I am so tired of red, black, white, silver and grey.
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    I have seen a few of them now, they are out.
  • Went car shopping today and took a look at the Torrent. I was shocked to see that its engine was made in China! I walked away and wont look back.
  • Just picked up a new Torrent. Black on Black Leather, AWD, Sun&Sound package (including deep tinted windows). Pay no attention to MSRP - with the Red tag sale and dealer rebates you can get one for way under suggested. MSRP on mine was 29,345 and I paid 26,500.
    So far I love it. It's a much better ride than the XL7, much better looking that the Escape or CRV. I think it's one of the sharpest looking small/mid SUVs on the road (similar to a Lexus Rx330). It's larger than I expected, closer to a Pilot or short-wheelbase Trailblazer. The interior is much cleaner than the Equinox (but I am disappointed in the plastic on the upper third of the door panels). Could use a little more power though.

    With the stunning Solstice, the new G6 coupe and the GTO and Grand Prix GXP, Pontiac is really the company to watch right now.
  • Pontiac seems to be getting alot of mileage for the Torrent on the network TV tie-in with Survivor. They definitely created a ton of name recognition!
  • Anyone know if GM will finally ditch the 3.4L V-6 in NA for the 2007 MY next fall? Since only the Nox and Torrent now use it, and the Auto Press constantly complains and whines about it, I'm surprised it's not gone already.
  • GM is upgrading the Equinox, and im guessing the Torrent too.

    They will switch to the 200hp 3.5L V6 (with excellent fuel economy in Malibu, Impala, and G6) standard and offer the 3.9L 240hp V6 as an option (meybe GTP).

    If this is not done by next year, it will be done soon after.
  • Despite all the complaining that the Torrent is just another GM rebadge, after spending some time thoroughly checking out a purplish-blue Torrent yesterday, I must say it truly is a very attractive vehicle and certainly more upscale/different enough from the Equinox. The interior is very nice for the price point! Once it gets the engine upgrade, I'd proudly own one. They seem to be selling quite well. Red tag price was just over $22K
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    my wife and i took delivery of a torrent yesterday. she drives about 40 miles per day to and from work and this is her car. we drove an 05 rendezvous and the torrent at the same dealer. we didn't like the rend. because of the spungy handling and the seats were not very comfortable. both of our mothers are in their mid 70's are not as agile as they once were. we found exiting from the torrent rear seat very easy and cant say that about the rend. the torent seems to have plenty of power,quiet ride and comfortable seating. outward visibility is better on the torrent than the rond.
    granted these are initial views,,, time will tell the whole story. will post more as the miles accumulate.
    oues is fwd,secuity package,preferred package,17" wheels,,,black ext and ebony cloth int. sharp looking rig in this color!
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    forgot to mention is wish the torrent had 4 wheel disc brakes and comfort tilt steering column instead of the adjustable column. anyone know why the industry is switching to the adjustable type column? realy doesn't tilt all that much. love the red lit guages.
  • Nice attractive package. However, GM seems incapable of exercising good business and marketing sense. A potential buyer has to purchase a special package to get cruise control on a Torrent. Incredible! And that Chinese thrasher engine with it's poor gas mileage is a real turnoff to many potential Torrent (or Equinox) buyers. Why when they have good 3.5 and 3.9 engines available? It is rumored that Pontiac will adopt one of these engines in next year's model. Any truth to that rumor? I'd consider buying one if they did, but not now.
  • they will put them in/ The 3.5 should be standard, which means more power and fuel economy, as well as bieng better built, and the 3.9L 240 hp VVT V6 will be available as an option.

    I am pretty sure this will be done next year, but I cannot guarantee it. GM knows toyota has that new Rav4, so they have to upgrade there engines.

    Man, that Torrent interrior is KILLER COOL! especially in black with that metal looking trim and RED backlighting! Whoa man, I can't wait to see some of those with the 3.9L!

    One note, They should not tune this engine for aggressive driving. They made that mistake in the G6 GTP and the result is 18mpg city fuel economy! In an SUV, this aggressive gearing will KILL milege and customers will choose the toyota.

    GM must do everything in there power to increase HP while at least maintaning the current fuel economy.
  • I won't buy a vehicle with a Chicom engine in it - other than that I think it is much better looking than the Equinox.

    Now if it had the 3.5 l VUE engine, I'd be much more interested, but for a similar price, I'd take the Mercury for now.
  • My husband and I are looking into buying a Torrent. What is the ave. mileage for this SUV? With my job, I drive roughly 500-700 miles a week. My car is my office, so I like the idea of the front passenger seat laying down, but I need great mileage.
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    just filled up for the second time. 21 MPG on the frist tank,,about 282 miles. second tank 328.7 miles on 13.96 gallons = 23.54 MPG. drove 55 mph, hilly terrain, 1 passenger to and from work. temp in the 30's and 40's. pleased so far.
  • tim66tim66 Posts: 22
    Now have 385 miles on my FWD Torrent. The first tank yielded 19.6 mpg. Most of this was city and suburban driving and cold weather. If it will produce mid 20s after a few more miles I will be satisfied. Traded a G6 for the Torrent and happy so far.
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    i would like to find an aftermarket rear cargo cover for our torrent. i don't like the system offered through pontiac. i would prefer a retractable window shade type similar to what the crv and escape use. have done several searches but find nothing. have thought about having an upholstery shop make one. any ideas?
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    took a short trip the other day. 170 miles,4 adults, solling terrain, all highway, temp in the mid 50's. 25.8 mpg.
  • I have about 1,500 miles on my AWD Torrent. Driving 80 miles a day (mostly freeway) and getting about 20mpg. A little less than I had hoped for.

    Anybody out there notice that you can't turn on the rear seat light without the front seat light also coming on? Doesn't seem to be any way to turn off the front light when the rear seat light is on which is dangerous when driving. Occasionally we will need to switch on the rear light to check on the baby or what not.
  • kfrielkfriel Posts: 31
    Newbe here, just found this forum. My wife and I just got a Black AWD Torrent. Loving it. Have about 1800 miles on it so far. We shopped the hell out of this truck and Pontiac won us over. Equinox to plain, no style, Saturn Vue too plastic-ie Honda motor too high strung. Ford escape too small etc etc...
    This is our first GM anything so we shall see. Love the way it handles. Not sure I like the idea of the car telling me when to change my oil so we shall see. Thank GOD I don't have low air pressure warnings in tires sensors! Hello and reading the mail.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I must say, I do like the styling of the Torent. But thats really it. I really think the new RAV4 is going to sell VERY well, esspecially since it's much bigger now. Also, Mazda sends the CX-7 to this side of the pond in the spring. A 244hp AWD crossover that has been generating a very big stir in the crossover segment. Not to mention how much butt the Murano has been kicking the past few years.
    To be honest, I do think initial sales of the Torent will be good, but, will taper off drastically, like every other GM product.
    With the competition in the auto industry these days, you have to build a reliable product, with high quality materials if you want to sell vehicles. With the superb quality that the [non-permissible content removed] companies are putting out, it's no wonder the "big 3" are in such trouble. Build a quality car, people will buy it!
  • slinky1slinky1 Posts: 42
    just to comment on the "superb japanese quality", the torrent received 88pph as a j.d. power score for the first 6 months os 2005, in may when the full year results come out, if that number stays the same or close to it, the torrent will be the segment leader in initial quality.
    GM received gold,silver and bronze awards, a clean sweep for plant quality from J.D. power.
    I think perception and heresay over powers fact these days.
  • slinky1slinky1 Posts: 42
    I think you will find it's a 250 hp 3.6 L , with the 3.4 remaining as the base engine.
  • When you say you think the 3.5 will be available next year, do you mean this calendar year or the 07 model year? I hope you're right. What's your source for this?
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