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2009 Pontiac Torrent

$2,477 — $11,029 USED
Sport Utility
1-5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Manageable size
  • Gauges
  • GXP fun to drive
  • Familiar powertrain
  • Standard electronic stability system

The Bad

  • Outdated interior
  • Poor steering response
  • No side-impact crash test
2009 Pontiac Torrent exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Pontiac Torrent
  • 264-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (GXP)
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Electronic trailer sway control
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard side curtain airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Available in base and performance-oriented GXP trim levels, the five-seat Torrent compact SUV comes with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of V-6 engines. The Pontiac Torrent is closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox. The Torrent's competition is the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty and Toyota RAV4.

(Skip to details on the: Torrent GXP )


New for 2009
New standard equipment for 2009 includes side curtain airbags on all Torrent models.

Exterior
The Torrent's twin-port grille is traditional Pontiac; otherwise, overall body lines are similar to the related Equinox SUV. Built on a 112.5-inch wheelbase, the base Torrent is 188.8 inches long overall, 71.4 inches wide and 69.3 inches tall. It's the longest by at least 7 inches compared to the Escape, Liberty and RAV4, and is roughly the same width as those three SUVs.

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Rear spoiler
  • New exterior colors are Quicksilver Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic


Interior
The backseat is split 60/40, and the front passenger seat folds down. An adjustable rear seat yields greater legroom for backseat passengers when it's moved rearward and expands the cargo area when it's moved forward. The backseat also reclines. Cargo volume totals 35.2 cubic feet with the backseat raised and expands to 68.6 cubic feet when that seat is folded.
  • Instrument panel with vehicle information center
  • Power door locks with remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Power ...
Vehicle Overview
Available in base and performance-oriented GXP trim levels, the five-seat Torrent compact SUV comes with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of V-6 engines. The Pontiac Torrent is closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox. The Torrent's competition is the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty and Toyota RAV4.

(Skip to details on the: Torrent GXP )


New for 2009
New standard equipment for 2009 includes side curtain airbags on all Torrent models.

Exterior
The Torrent's twin-port grille is traditional Pontiac; otherwise, overall body lines are similar to the related Equinox SUV. Built on a 112.5-inch wheelbase, the base Torrent is 188.8 inches long overall, 71.4 inches wide and 69.3 inches tall. It's the longest by at least 7 inches compared to the Escape, Liberty and RAV4, and is roughly the same width as those three SUVs.

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Rear spoiler
  • New exterior colors are Quicksilver Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic


Interior
The backseat is split 60/40, and the front passenger seat folds down. An adjustable rear seat yields greater legroom for backseat passengers when it's moved rearward and expands the cargo area when it's moved forward. The backseat also reclines. Cargo volume totals 35.2 cubic feet with the backseat raised and expands to 68.6 cubic feet when that seat is folded.
  • Instrument panel with vehicle information center
  • Power door locks with remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Optional leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, power driver's seat, six-CD stereo, steering-wheel stereo controls
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Preferred Package includes a remote vehicle starter


Under the Hood
Base Torrents have a 185-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that produces 250 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Available 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • MacPherson struts are used for the front suspension, and a four-link independent suspension is installed in the rear


Safety
An electronic stability system is standard and comes with electronic trailer sway control, which activates the electronic stability system when it detects trailer sway caused by an improper trailer weight balance or excessive vehicle speed.
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags with rollover sensors


Torrent GXP
Like other GXP trims on Pontiac models, the Torrent GXP gets a performance edge from a more powerful engine, a different suspension and appearance changes. GXP models get a 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing that makes 264 hp and 250 pounds-feet of torque, up 79 hp from the base Torrent. The 3.6-liter teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. Pontiac says the Torrent GXP can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.

GXP Torrents have a unique instrument cluster with red backlights, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Sitting an inch lower to the ground, the GXP Torrent rides on 18-inch wheels and doesn't have standard roof rails like the regular Torrent (a roof rack is optional), giving it a smoother design flow. A unique hood and dual-exiting exhaust round out the body changes for the GXP Torrent.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(3.0)

It?s a ok car

by Reeree from Buffalo on November 12, 2018

The car motor on driver side window has stopped after being fixed for the second time. The stability traction light acting up, gas smell in car but no other problems beside check engine light which ... Read full review

(5.0)

This IS VERY DEPENDABLE.

by Pony from Burr, Nebraska on June 21, 2018

LOVE IT. Has been very dependable in transporting my husband to hospital during our hurried trips to the ER. The ?Pony? is my baby, I feel very safe when I?m by myself. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Pontiac Torrent currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Pontiac Torrent has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Torrent received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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