• (4.4) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,052$11,548
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 1-5
2008 Pontiac Torrent

Our Take on the 2008 Pontiac Torrent

Our Take

The Pontiac Torrent is closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox, and for 2008 the Torrent gets a high-performance GXP package. The Torrent's segment competition is the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty and Toyota RAV4. Engines include a 185-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6, and GXPs receive a 3.6-liter V-6... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Pending further review

Notable Features

  • 264-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Electronic Trailer Sway Control
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available side curtain airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Decent fuel economy probably is the main reason that crossover utility vehicles such as the compact Pontiac Torrent are being snapped up by consumers, just as sales of traditional truck-based sport utilities decline.The Torrent is among the best of the current crop of compacts, but because it comes only with V-6 engines, its EPA ratings are not quite as good as those of some competitors that of... Read full review for the 2008 Pontiac Torrent

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Consumer Reviews


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Torrent 3.4 22mpg average

by Christine LOL the lights are bright from Las Vegas on May 21, 2008

Stable overall, refined interior, several options and setting are available in the DIC functions to accomodate any driver. Overall the mpg is decent considering that it is not a hybrid. SUV is very so... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Pontiac Torrent.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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