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2006 Pontiac Torrent

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2006 Pontiac Torrent Review

A good family SUV offering comfort, convenience, and safety.

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Overview

The 2006 Pontiac Torrent is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that comes available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive versions. It’s comfortable, easy to drive, and very safe. While it’s is not a huge car, it is spacious enough to fit several people—making it an attractive car for families or carpoolers. The 2006 Pontiac Torrent is a great car for those who want a powerful and practical SUV without having to shell out a lot of money. It gets decent gas mileage and doesn’t cost a lot to drive.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed transmission
Models: Torrent

What's New

The Pontiac Torrent debuted for the 2006 model year.

Exterior

The 2006 Pontiac Torrent's wheelbase is 112.5 and the length and width are 71.4 and 69.3 inches, respectively. This car is a four-door SUV that comes in metallic colors.

Some of the Torrent’s more convenient exterior features include remote keyless entry, daytime running lights, a luggage rack, and fog lamps.

Interior

The 2006 Pontiac Torrent interior includes flat-folding passenger seats, cup holders, programmable door locks, a manual air-conditioner, defogger, AM/FM stereo with CD player, digital clock, and a security alarm system. It also comes nicely appointed with leather seats.

With ample interior dimensions, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent comfortably seats five passengers. The headroom is 40.9 inches, shoulder room is 55.7 inches, hip room is 51.1 inches, and the legroom is 41.2 inches, which is excellent for a smaller SUV. Consumers also like the trunk space. The Torrent’s generous cargo area is ideal for families on the go, weekend travelers, or household do-it-yourselfers.

Performance & Handling

Overall, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent offers a comfortable ride. The 3.4-liter, V-6 engine is quite powerful and the five-speed transmission performs excellently. Based on consumer reviews, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent drives nicely in the snow. However, some drivers have noted that the car struggles when driven on hilly terrain. Others complain that the power windows and doors stopped working after owning the car for a few years. The wheel bearings don’t always run properly, but the 2006 Pontiac Torrent offers a quiet and smooth ride. People who bought the Torrent have had occasional trouble starting up the car. Nevertheless, customers have been generally happy about the speed they get out of this SUV’s powerful engine.

Safety

The 2006 Pontiac Torrent has dual-stage driver and passenger airbags and three-point safety belts for the front and rear sections of the car. The Torrent also comes with child car seat anchors and child safety locks for the doors, which add to the SUV’s very family-friendly appeal.

The 2006 Pontiac Torrent has consistent crash test scores as well as excellent four-wheel anti-lock brakes and airbags. Its rollover protection is quite comforting, especially for an SUV. The car’s self-dimming mirrors also help keep the driver safe.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Torrent: 17/22 mpg city highway

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy
  • Reliability
  • Comfort
  • Roomy seating
  • Affordability
  • Good storage space
  • Powerful engine
  • Good transmission performance

You Won't Like

  • Excessive noise
  • Interior seat design
  • Occasional brake and tire problems
  • Problems with power windows and locks
  • Unreliable heating and air-conditioning

Sum Up

A good family SUV offering comfort, convenience, and safety.

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