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Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent

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Combined Fuel Economy
19 MPG
Horsepower
185 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
4.2 
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Pros

When it comes to solid construction, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent reaches above the domestic SUV norm while delivering ample passenger space in front and rear. Buyers who wish to customize their Torrents can obtain a fair number of accessories in addition to factory-installed options.

Cons

If you're looking for an SUV that stands out from the pack, the Torrent's attractive shape barely pokes its head past the average mark. Some controls are not as logically laid-out as they might be, and the base vehicle isn't so different from its Equinox cousin in performance, handling or ride quality.

What's New For 2008

A new trim, the GXP, adds a potent new V6 engine and a performance suspension. Base models receive a revised ride-and-handling package which includes stiffer shocks and hydraulic bushings.

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Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Pricing

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Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Expert Review

As a division trying to re-establish its performance car credentials, Pontiac's decision to add the Torrent SUV to its line may, at first glance, seem a bit off the mark. But, given the public's appetite for smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs and Pontiac's new-found knack for creating vibrant and youthful vehicles, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent's creation seems a logical approach to winning over younger buyers. Although the Torrent isn't really all-new (it shares its platform with the Chevrolet Equinox), it does offer a handsome and sporty exterior, a roomy interior with an adjustable rear seat, a standard V6 engine and the option of all-wheel drive.

Driving the Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent

Generally friendly and inviting, the quiet-running Torrent is easy to drive, stays on course easily and body lean through curves is less than for some of its competitors. All told, the Torrent feels a touch more tightly-crafted and capable than its GM mates. Handling trails import-brand level, but it's a cut above many domestic SUVs. The ride is a little better controlled than some, yielding a reasonably comfortable around-town experience. Acceleration for passing and merging is satisfactory, but on the mild side. Well-behaved most of the time, the automatic transmission is tarnished by an occasional abruptness while downshifting at low speed.

Favorite Features

Sliding Rear Seat
All you do is lift the long bar that runs along the front of the seat, and the seat slides forward to create more passenger legroom or rearward to provide more space for cargo.

Big Interior Space
This is classed as a "small" SUV, but the interior space puts many imports to shame.

Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Interior

With room for five passengers, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent has a fold-flat front passenger seat that accommodates long items. The "multi-flex" 60/40-split rear bench seat adjusts fore and aft and also reclines. The Torrent is one of the easier SUVs to enter, and the rear seat provides ample leg space even in its farthest-forward position. The generously supportive and comfortable seats, however, are nearly devoid of side bolstering. Pontiac's Solstice sports car provides the steering wheel's design, and the distinctively-colored instruments have Pontiac's "signature" red backlighting, which makes them easier to read at night than in daylight.

Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Exterior

GM marketers promote the Torrent's "European-inspired" design, complemented by traditional Pontiac styling such as its familiar twin-port grilles. Pontiac claims the widest door openings in its segment to ease entry and exit, and the rear liftgate's defogger and wiper/washer aid with visibility. Sixteen-inch tires, a sport-tuned suspension, electrically-assisted power steering and wide (61.8-inch) track dimensions help with stability. Ground clearance approaches eight inches (seven on the GXP), with cleated skid plates and short front and rear overhangs to assure favorable approach and departure angles. Despite these heavy-duty features, the Torrent isn't intended for serious off-pavement treks.

Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Standard Features

The 2008 Pontiac Torrent features a 3.4-liter V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, manual air conditioning, power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, tilt steering, OnStar, daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, StabiliTrak stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, driver information center with over 20 personalization and information features, roof rails, bodyside moldings and an AM/FM stereo with auxiliary input jack, MP3-compatible CD player and six speakers. Front-wheel-drive models come with standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and traction control. The GXP adds a 264-horsepower V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, performance tires, piano-black interior trim, leather steering wheel, heated seats and a 140-mile-per-hour speedometer.

Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Options

Roof-rail side-curtain airbags are optional, and a multi-position adjustable rear package shelf may be installed. Additional options include leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats (with either cloth or leather upholstery), a power driver's seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a moonroof, steering wheel-mounted radio controls, DVD navigation, remote starter, a Pioneer premium sound system with seven speakers and subwoofer and XM Satellite Radio. Additionally, GM's Accessories Division can supply 19 extra items to suit owners who crave a custom look.

Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Engine

While the 3.4-liter V6 powering the Torrent is far from a cutting-edge design, it has more than enough horsepower and torque to provide a nice balance between good acceleration and reasonable fuel economy. The all-wheel-drive system doesn't seem to change the performance much. Pontiac's adaptive five-speed automatic transmission delivers near-seamless shifts and its fifth gear helps maximize fuel consumption at highway speeds. Those seeking more performance should look to the 3.6-liter engine, which features variable valve timing for better fuel economy and produces a healthy 264 horsepower.

3.4-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
210 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 17/24 (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
264 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 16/24 (AWD)

How Much Does the Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Cost?

The front-wheel-drive 2008 Pontiac Torrent's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $23,500, while the all-wheel-drive model starts just over $25,000. The sporty GXP starts around $28,000 and can run as high as $35,000 fully loaded. To avoid paying too much for your Torrent, be sure to compare pricing with the Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for their vehicles. The Torrent is expected to retain its value on par with other domestic vehicles, such as the Ford Escape and Jeep Compass, but trails the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.

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Used 2008 Pontiac Torrent Consumer Reviews

4.2 

Overall Rating

5 star

50%

4 star

28%

3 star

14%

2 star

5%

1 star

3%

Value
4.3 
Performance
4.3 
Quality
4.2 
Comfort
4.4 
Reliability
4.4 
Styling
4.5 

PBrown
01/23/2019
2008 Pontiac Torrent

"Unreliable"

Looks good
Falls apart at 100,000 miles
Worst vehicle ever! It's comfortable going down the road sure, but between a cracked head at 100,000 miles & the stabilitrack going out at 120,000 and the constant warnings about low tire pressure from day one I don't even like taking it down the road! And dealers are still selling these vehicles for thousands more than they're worth! I say buyer beware. Mine was a 1 owner vehicle when I bought it & it is pretty to look at but not a reliable vehicle in my opinion. Before buying, do some research. Read reviews etc...I've seen 2 good reviews out of hundreds.Read less
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Don B
02/07/2018
2007 Pontiac Torrent

"Very satisfied owner"

Reliable, roomy, good value
cup holders interfere with parking brake
I purchased this vehicle off of a lease in 2008 and it has been a great vehicle. The ride is firm and handling is very good with very little body roll during cornering. The front wheel drive does well in the snow and the power is good (not great) with mpg around 23 highway and 21 around town. A towing package was added and when towing a 2400 lb boat and trailer the Torrent does a adequate job. I love the red dash lights as they are easy to see at night. A couple of negative comments are the window controls are placed on the center console which is different and takes some getting used to and the parking brake when engaged hits the center console cup holders . The only repairs that I have had to do have been 3 out of 4 wheel bearing hubs, a metal line to the EGR valve rusted, replaced the alternator, replaced a leaking transmission line to the radiator that was dripping some tranny fluid and a metal coolant hose rusted out. I perform regular maintenance (oil/filter changes, brake pads and rotors turned, tires rotated, etc) and this has been an extremely reliable vehicleRead less
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TorrentOwner1
05/31/2017
2006 Pontiac Torrent

"Served me well for 10 years"

Good space for the size, low maintenance engine
Poor turning radius, no rear air
Bought my Torrent used with 12K miles on it from a dealer in December 06. Never once had an engine problem. Has served me well for 10 years in 2 states. Not a ton of extra features but on the core value I found it worth every penny.
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CINDY
07/21/2016
2007 Pontiac Torrent

"DON'T HATE IT"

ROOMY, GREAT STEREO, SITS UP HIGH LIKE AN SUV
LOUD, BATTERY IN WEIRD SPOT,GETS BAD MPG
2007 WITH 72,000 MILES, BEEN RELIABLE. UNTIL NOW 7/16 - STABILITRAC AND TRACTION CONTROL LIGHTS ARE ON. AIR BAG LIGHT ON TOO. STARTING TO SPUTTER FOR A FEW SECONDS AT 35-40 MPH, AND FEELS LIKE IT CAN BARELY MAKE IT UP A HILL SOMETIMES. GOING TO GET AN ESTIMATE AND PROBABLY UPGRADE SOON. SELL IT OR KEEP FOR EXTRA CAR WITH TWO TEEN DRIVERS IN HOUSE. ONE OF THE FIRST CROSSOVERS. EXCELLENT FACTORY STEREO. RIDES KIND OF LOUD DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE. LOTS OF LEG ROOM IN THE BACK. WINDOW CONTROLS IN WEIRD PLACE. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND MAINLY BECAUSE THEY QUIT MAKING PONTIACS SOON AFTER THIS CAR WAS MADE.Read less
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willy
03/19/2016
2008 Pontiac Torrent

"this is the second Torrent i purchased. sharp !!!"

Fun, Dependable, and performed well.....
my boy wanted to borrow it every day. !!!!!!
This crossover was the most sporty,and comfortable car iv bought. I had NO issues and performed like a champ. always dependable. I just wish it was still on the market. very comfortable, and so easy to manage under any conditions, and lots of room for an all day shopping trip !!! this Torrent was maintained on a regular base. just had brand new goodyear assurance tripletread tires, full service, with wheel alignment, and,balance,oil change, and inspection.
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2008 Pontiac Torrent Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Systems
  • Remote Engine Start

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 17 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 24 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 19 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 185 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5200 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.31 inches
  • Torque - 210 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 3800 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Chrome Wheels
  • Conventional Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Conventional
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P235/60R17
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P235/65R16
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Cast Aluminum
  • Sidewall Description - BSW
  • Fog Lights
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - 100000 miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 6 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 100000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 100000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 5 years

Mechanical

  • Axle Ratio - 2.48
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - F&R Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 6 cylinders
  • Displacement - 3.4 liter
  • Bore - 3.62 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.5
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 12 valves
  • Valve Train - Overhead Valve
  • Engine Configuration - V
  • # of Speeds - 5 speed
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3660 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 106.4 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 138.6 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 20.0 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.9 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 40.1 inches
  • Height - 69.3 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 40.2 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 7.9 inches
  • Overall Length - 188.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 55.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 55.9 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 3500 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 68.6 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 41.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 112.5 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 71.4 inches
  • GVWR - 5070 pounds
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2008 Pontiac Torrent Safety

Driver Front
5 
Passenger Front
5 
Front Side
5 
Rear Side
5 
Rollover Rating
4 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2008 Pontiac Torrent Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency & Security Services
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Rankings

Horsepower
185 HP
MPG Combined
19 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.2 Rating
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