2008 Torrent New Car Test Drive
The Pontiac Torrent emphasizes a smooth ride and interior versatility. The Torrent is a crossover SUV, meaning it's built more like a car than a truck. The Torrent shares its basic structure with the Chevy Equinox. Torrent comes standard with a V6. It's built on a front-wheel-drive platform, but all-wheel drive is available for winter weather.
We found the Torrent delivers quick acceleration and its styling is restrained, clean and pleasing. Inside, the available leather seats are nice, the premium stereo sounds good, and the low dash offers a good view of the road ahead. The back seat slides and reclines according to your needs for extended leg room or more cargo space.
Options include a clever cargo storage system with handy bins in the floor and wheel wells, plus a lightweight polycarbonate shelf that can be placed in various positions for differing needs; it has hooks for grocery bags and can be configured as a table for tailgate parties. Three 12-volt power outlets come standard. Additional features include four-wheel disc brakes and StabiliTrak electronic stability control, all of which come standard. Dual-stage front airbags for driver and passenger include GM's Passenger Sensing System; and the optional head-curtain side-impact air bags are wired to detect rollovers. A tire pressure monitor is standard. Torrent has earned a five-star (best) rating in federal frontal crash tests.
New for 2008 is a sporty GXP trim boasting a 264-horsepower V6, six-speed automatic transmission, along with sport-tuned steering and suspension components. In addition, changes for 2008 include suspension changes for mainstream Torrents, along with minor equipment changes.
The Torrent also features a remote starter, three new audio systems, one including navigation, as well as two different grades of chrome rims.
The 2008 Pontiac Torrent comes with a choice of front-wheel drive ($23,520) or all-wheel drive ($25,145). Torrent is powered by GM's 3.4-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The Pontiac Torrent GXP is also available with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Torrent GXP models come with a 264-horsepower V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, AM/FM/CD with six speakers, OnStar satellite service, remote entry and automatic door locks, fog lamps, roof rails, daytime running lights, a rear window wiper, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.
The Preferred Package ($1,750) includes an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass, along with cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, six way power for the driver's seat, up-level cloth upholstery, full-width rear cargo net, carpeted front and rear floor mats, and a remote starter. Preferred Package buyers may add leather seating ($845). An optional Security Package ($1,090) combines side curtain airbags (now with rollover sensing). Multiple audio/entertainment choices are available, including a six-disc CD changer with MP3 playback ($135), XM Satellite Radio ($199), a premium seven-speaker sound system ($325), AM/FM/CD/MP3 with navigation ($2,145), and a rear-seat DVD player ($995). The Sun and Sound Package ($1,455) combines a power sunroof with the seven-speaker audio system and six-disc changer. Stand-alone options include cruise control ($175); heated front seats ($250); luggage rack crossbars ($150); engine block heater ($50); trailer package ($350); multi-function cargo panel ($175); and remote starter vehicle prep ($30). Also available are 17-inch aluminum wheels ($295), chrome-clad ($750), or chrome-plated ($850).
Safety features that come standard include four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, StabiliTrak stability control, a rear child-seat latch system, tire-pressure monitor, and the mandated front airbags. Front-drive Torrents come with traction control as well.