2007 Pontiac Torrent

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2007 Pontiac Torrent Review

Affordable, dependable, and great for city driving, but lacking in power with little or no off-road capability.

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Overview

The Pontiac Torrent replaced the Pontiac Aztek when it was introduced to the Brand’s 2006 lineup. Production was cancelled, along with the rest of the Pontiac brand in 2009. However, the Torrent was replaced within the GM family by the GMC Terrain, which is considered to be a midsize or crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV).

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Torrent SUV

What's New

For the 2007 models, front disc and rear drum brakes are replace with all-disc brakes, and a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard. A vehicle computer is placed in the instrument panel, which has over 20 features. Pontiac also introduces three new exterior colors with the 2007 Torrent models.

Exterior

The 2007 Pontiac Torrent has a fairly typical midsize SUV profile despite its designation as a crossover, which may have more to do with marketing than actual function or appearance. The front end is ""sharper"" and one of the few hints that it is a Pontiac as opposed to one of its competitors. The front end features the split grille with the Pontiac logo in the center, and oversize headlights that wrap slightly around the side. The hood angles upward gradually, than more sharply through the windshield but still aerodynamic in appearance. The rear is slightly rounded for a more athletic and less boxed look. The rear has little overhang, while the front end has more due to the sharp angle. It is built on a 112.5-inch wheelbase and is a total of 188.8 inches long, it measures 71.4 inches wide, 67 inches tall, and has a ground clearance of eight inches. Fog lamps and skid plates for the front and the rear come standard on all models. The front suspension uses MacPherson struts, and the rear uses a four-link independent suspension. Sixteen-inch wheel are standard, and these can be upgraded to 17-inch wheels.

The Pontiac Torrent is an attractive midsize SUV with an aggressive appearance. It is available in a range of colors and finishes, including three new colors for the 2007 model year.

Interior

The 2007 Pontiac Torrent’s interior is roomy in the front and rear. The rear seats can slide back for more leg room, or forward for increased cargo space. They can fold down for more cargo space as well. With seats folded down, the Torrent has a total of 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The inside is available in a range for materials and trims.

The instrument panel has red backlighting and all of the controls are intuitively located and easily reached. This models interior layout resembles past models.

Some of the standard interior features on the 2007 Pontiac Torrent include a new vehicle computer in the instrument panel with over 20 features, power door locks, keyless entry, air-conditioning, power windows, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player. The Torrent has a range of options including leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, power driver seat, an upgraded stereo with six-disc CD changer, and audio controls on the steering wheel. There are 12-volt power outlets in the front and back. For cargo, there is the optional Cargo Storage System, which includes bins in the floor and in the wheel wells and a polycarbonate shelf that can be used as a table. A remote starter is also available with the Preferred Package.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Torrent only comes with one engine option. The 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 produces 210 lb-ft of torque. Though the Torrent is less powerful than most SUVs in its class, it is also much lighter, which makes up for the lack of horses with light loads. It may struggle passing and merging while loaded. It is easy to drive for a midsize SUV and surprisingly easy to handle even in traffic. Visibility is good as well.

Safety

The 2007 Torrent has standard anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, and electronic stability control. Side curtain airbags are available and these come with rollover sensors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Torrent: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stability system standard
  • Roomy interior
  • Reliable powertrain
  • Cargo storage
  • Easy to drive

You Won't Like

  • Engine power
  • Hauling/Towing capacity
  • Not off-road capable

Sum Up

Affordable, dependable, and great for city driving, but lacking in power with little or no off-road capability.

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