2006 Pontiac Torrent
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comfortable, useful, and very safe!

by from charleston, sc on October 1, 2012

I purchased a Torrent because i have two dogs and needed something to transport them wihout having them on the back seat and making it all dirty and hair. Worked perfect for that! My great dane and ge...
I purchased a Torrent because i have two dogs and needed something to transport them wihout having them on the back seat and making it all dirty and hair. Worked perfect for that! My great dane and german shepard (shes a mutt, so shes smaller) shared the back comfortably. The rest of the car was for me, heated leather seats, sun roof, very pretty and comfy. It had a roof rack and towing capability so i took me, my mom, my dogs, a trailer and the roof full of stuff comfortably and safe moving from south dakota to south carolina. The biggest compliment i have for this car was it saved my life. I was driving in the rain and hit a bad pothole, it jerked me into on coming traffic and when i swerved away the rain made me slide off the road. This was not the cars fault, just rain and bad road. I went in the ditch and hit a tree, the front end got wrapped around the tree. When i hit, airbags came out of EVERYWHERE. I was wearing my seatbelt, and the only injury ii had was a bruse on my shin and a bruise from the seatbelt. When people started ariving and saw how bad my accident was they were all amazed i wasnt hurt and kept talking about how impressed they were about how safe my car kept me. I loved my torrent, its a great car and i would suggest it to anyone!
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5 Months with Torrent

by from Tennessee on March 7, 2012

For the money this has been a great vehicle. Our model is equipped with the steering wheel audio, sunroof, heated cloth seats. For a small crossover, it is very roomy, especially in the back seat. Sea...
For the money this has been a great vehicle. Our model is equipped with the steering wheel audio, sunroof, heated cloth seats. For a small crossover, it is very roomy, especially in the back seat. Seats are comfortable. Road noise is what you would expect in the price range. The moveable rear bench is a very nice feature. I think it looks great. The downsides to the vehicle - the cupholders are in a poor location, and conflict with the parking brake – there are no reading lamps for the rear seat (just the dome) – very large turning radius. Have had a check engine light issue, due to fuel pressure variations. They have a service bulletin to repair it from GM (not a recall) so it would cost $150, not worth it since no performance issues. Overall very happy with the car, and for the price ($13k with less than 40k miles) it would be hard to find a better value.
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Great value for the money

by from MN on March 5, 2011

I took advantage of the rapid depreciation of this model and purchased a used 2006 Torrent AWD with only 14,000 miles on it for $16,000. I've put over 40,000 miles on it since then and have never had ...
I took advantage of the rapid depreciation of this model and purchased a used 2006 Torrent AWD with only 14,000 miles on it for $16,000. I've put over 40,000 miles on it since then and have never had a problem. It handles great, especially in the snow and ice. The gas mileage is just OK. Plenty of room for hauling the kids around.
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Torrent AWD

by from South Dakota on March 30, 2008

We have found the torrent to be a very reliable, comfortable, and enjoyable vehicle. We purched it new in 2006 and in 2 years rolled on 60,000 mile driving everything from highways to snow/ice covered...
We have found the torrent to be a very reliable, comfortable, and enjoyable vehicle. We purched it new in 2006 and in 2 years rolled on 60,000 mile driving everything from highways to snow/ice covered winter roads and found the handling and preformance above expectation. In fact we loved it so much we just purchased a new 2008 in order to add leather, sunroof, XM, and 100,000 mile warrenty. Not that we would have need the warenty the 2006 was never back to the dealer and the only expense we had for it were oil changes and a set of tires.
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Great looking and verstaile

by from MN on March 26, 2010

We LOVE our torrent. It is the only vehicle in this style we found that can accomidate a rear facing infant seat with moving the driver seat forward or folding the handle down before you install the s...
We LOVE our torrent. It is the only vehicle in this style we found that can accomidate a rear facing infant seat with moving the driver seat forward or folding the handle down before you install the seat. If you aren't ready for a minivan, this is a great vehicle. I sometimes pull a small trailer with ease. The 5 speed auto trans handles and shifts well. The only drawback is the large turning radius. Sometimes I call it "the bus" when maneuvering in parking lots. We have owned the car for 2.5 years and had zero maintinence or breakdown issues.
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Love this car!

by from West Michigan on June 1, 2011

I was looking for a Chev Equinox or Saturn Vue but wanted a black cloth interior. I read reviews of this model car and am pleased with the purchase overall. Front end does shimmy at times when braking...
I was looking for a Chev Equinox or Saturn Vue but wanted a black cloth interior. I read reviews of this model car and am pleased with the purchase overall. Front end does shimmy at times when braking as other reviewers mentioned. Roomy interior but cup holders are not in the best locations. Nowhere to store cell phone while driving except on the floor or in a cupholder but this is a minor detail! I would highly recommend a Torrent to anyone.
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Even the name is great!

by from Chicago, IL on June 12, 2006

The Pontiac Torrent is an excellent cross-over based on what the competitors offer in comparable vehicles. The trendy body style, especially the grille and headlights seem "angry" and give the Torren...
The Pontiac Torrent is an excellent cross-over based on what the competitors offer in comparable vehicles. The trendy body style, especially the grille and headlights seem "angry" and give the Torrent more personality than the Chevy Equinox or Saturn Vue. Driving can be compared to a car more than an SUV but with a higher vantage point and more road presence. The controls inside are simple and straightforward. The new electronic steering is effortless. Both the front and rear passenger seats fold down to accommodate bulky or extra long items. The rear bench seat is adjustable for more leg or storage room depending and reclines to give the passengers a more relaxing ride. Towing capacity is surprising compared to similar vehicles with Torrent's 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 engine. Gas mileage for an SUV is also good with 18 to 19 mpg city and 23 to 24 mpg highway based on Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive models. Torrent's five star safety rating gives it yet another advantage over the competition. The Pontiac Torrent gives new meaning to the term sport-utility vehicle without breaking the bank or the gasoline budget.
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Great SUV!!

by from Alberta,Canada on December 6, 2009

I have only owned my '06 Torrent for 1 month and I love it!!! Easy & comfortable to drive,lots of room.Mine has heated leather seats and let me tell you for Alberta winters this has been great!!! The ...
I have only owned my '06 Torrent for 1 month and I love it!!! Easy & comfortable to drive,lots of room.Mine has heated leather seats and let me tell you for Alberta winters this has been great!!! The cargo area is a little small but at least you can fold the back seats down for more room.So far no complaints Im qui9te happy with my purchase.
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Great Vehicle

by from Oromocto,NB on August 19, 2006

We purchased the Torrent after having many problems with our Rendezvous. We like the looks of the Torrent as soon as we saw it. Ours is the sport model with AWD and the sun roof is great. We have driv...
We purchased the Torrent after having many problems with our Rendezvous. We like the looks of the Torrent as soon as we saw it. Ours is the sport model with AWD and the sun roof is great. We have driven this vehicle now for approxiametly 2 months and no problems. We do not like that the rear door because it hasn't the means of opening just the glass but instead you must opening the whole door which at times things fall out. I would prefer that the emergency brake be a foot brake near the brake. Also it took sometime to deal with the Tacometer being on the right side instead of the left side. I would prefer that the interior lights on the console be a different color than red. The ride of this vehicle and room space is just great, we usually travel with another couple and we are not small people but there is plenty of room.
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2006 Pontiac Torrent

by from Houston, TX on December 22, 2010

Spacious interior, lots of room for the rear passengers. inconveniences: The starter, sone times is difficult to start the vehicle. The automatic tail date opener is extremely dificult to access. If...
Spacious interior, lots of room for the rear passengers. inconveniences: The starter, sone times is difficult to start the vehicle. The automatic tail date opener is extremely dificult to access. If the relay fails, there is no other way to open back gate but to disassemble the gate.
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