• (4.2) 6 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,479–$12,043
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 1-5
2009 Pontiac Torrent

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Pontiac Torrent

What We Don't Like

  • Outdated interior
  • Poor steering response
  • No side-impact crash test

Notable Features

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

2009 Pontiac Torrent Reviews

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.

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

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

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

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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Worst turning radius ever!

by Kpell from Canada on September 17, 2017

Great looking vehicle, caught my eye and reason I purchased fully loaded and new. Should never have spent the money on the extra warranty. Every problem I had in the first three years never seemed t... Read Full Review

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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.

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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).

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