2008 Pontiac Torrent AWD 3.4L
Good, basic SUV for the suburbs
A spark plug and the spark plug wires were replaced at 30,000 miles when the check engine light came on. Repair was covered under the GM extended warranty.
Air filter was replaced at 30,000 miles.
Brake pads were replaced at 34,000 miles. They weren't completely worn out at that mileage, but I had them replaced anyway.
The original tires were replaced at 36,000 miles. They were almost completely worn down to the safety bars.
This is primarily my wife's car. She wanted a small SUV with AWD.
The 3.4L engine in the Torrent is adequate and gets around 15-16 MPG in city use. Highway MPG is around 22 MPG, but quickly drops at speeds over 70 mph.
I wish the 3.6L engine with 260HP had been available as an option in the base model, instead of having to step up to the GXP.
The interior is comfortable and the seats give good support. The sliding rear seat is a nice touch, which allows the rear floor to be used to carry larger objects.
Negatives about the interior: (1) door panels and dash are made of hard plastic, (2) rear seats do not fold down flat, which makes sliding in objects from the rear hatch more difficult.
Handling is quite good and the electric steering works well. Power transfer between the front and rear axles is smooth, and I haven't felt any bad torque steer yet.
Turning circle is larger than expected for a vehicle this size. This makes makes some parking maneuvers more difficult.
Have heard some complaints about brake problems with some Torrents, but mine has 4 wheel disc brakes, and I've only had to replace front brake pads.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2013
7th Feb 2016, 04:20
Man, the "faults" you have described, are all common-wear-items. Tires typically last about 40,000 miles, realistically. The air filter is replaced about every-other oil change or 15,000 miles. Brake pads? Depends on your driving style.
10th Jan 2017, 04:52
SUV? No, the Torrent was a minivan in denial.