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Pontiac Torrent Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Pontiac Torrent

  • With flexible interior space, a strong engine and modern styling, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent is one of the better small SUVs available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Long wheelbase affords plenty of interior room, fore/aft-adjustable rear seats, high crash test scores, available side curtain airbags.

  • Cons

    Limited choice in drivetrains, confusing stereo control layout, slow steering response.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006, Pontiac unveils the Torrent, a crossover SUV based on the Chevrolet Equinox platform.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Spacious, comfortable, fun to drive,

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Bought used at 5K mi., has +97K mi. now. Overall reliable, comfortable, smooth ride, fun to drive. Get about 17 city/24 hwy mpg. Pros: Very spacious front/rear seating and cargo space; comfortable; reliable; smooth ride for low-price basic crossover class (broad wheel base). Cons: Replaced heating/A/C actuator motor at 53K (+$900 repair) but was GM recall later - contacted dealer, reimbursed same day; replaced wheel bearings at 75K; replaced bolts on exhaust at 86K (apparently common problem on Torrent and Equinox - made exhaust loud - easy $20 fix); slow pick-up at acceleration; odd window controls placement (all in front seat center console).

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Caution danger!

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Until now, I had been very happy with my Torrent which I had purchased less than a year ago. Although, my recent experience has left me terrified of the vehicle. I been driving for four hours in the middle of the summer when without any warning whatsoever my car had died. I lost all steering and veered to the side of the road. A bad alternator had caused the car to die. Because of this, the power lock doors and windows would not open. I was trapped inside my Pontiac Torrent midsummer in 37 degree Celsius sun unable to open any doors or windows. I had learned the hard way there is no emergency release within the vehicle to unlock the doors and car windows.

Excellent vehicle, price and durability

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

I've owned this vehicle for nearly 4 years. The interior is spaceous, providing plenty of room for passengers in both the front and back seats. Never had any problems with engine, transmission or brakes. I maintain my vehicle every 3,000 miles and rotate tires per 6,000 miles. Replaced tires at 53,000. Only wish I had insisted on a sunroof and leather interior. No complaints!

Good value! i have loved

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

My Torrent has treated me well! Although, I must say I only drive about 10,000 miles a year. I bought it March 2006 and just had to get new tires about a month ago. I have not had any problems with mine at all up until this week. My check engine light came on? I have not gotten it checked out yet but I really don't think it could be much of anything since I have so few miles. Besides that, I LOVE driving it and really has been a good car, especially for what I paid for it!

Winter handling

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

I have a 2006 Pontiac Torrent and it is absolutely the worst handling car I have ever driven in the snow. The traction control light goes on but doesn't seem to help at all. Starting,stopping, and cornering are all bad. Any faster than 3 - 5 mph around a corner, and it will spin. Much worse than my S-10.

Sorry pontiac is no more;

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Vehicle: 2006 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Mar 2006 bought brand new 06; Absolutely loved it; less than 40,000 mi since then, totalled last week. So happy with the 06, replaced with new 2009 by phone, sight-unseen, from Hubacher Cad, who ordered from Bay Area (we're in Sacto, CA area.) Problem: they had no gold, only silver. Have had 3 days, not driven yet (broken ribs.) Hope it's as great as my gold 2006. Original like new still, regular maintenance, and only one problem with electrical which dealer fixed immediately. Only things I didn't like were red lights on dash, and gas gauge ... can't tell when the darned thing's on empty until the gas tank icon lights up! Would recommend to anyone. sorry Pontiac shut down.

Full 2006 Pontiac Torrent Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006, Pontiac unveils the Torrent, a crossover SUV based on the Chevrolet Equinox platform.


For 2006, Pontiac has an all-new crossover SUV. Called the Torrent, it's a very close sibling to the Chevy Equinox. As with the Equinox, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent is an attractive SUV with clean lines, ideal proportions and beefy styling cues such as pronounced wheel arches and optional 17-inch wheels. Giving the Torrent a Pontiac signature is the twin-port grille and faux skid plates on the front and rear fascias. Don't be fooled by the Torrent's rugged looks, though. This crossover is geared more for everyday driving rather than trail bashing off-road. All-season tires and so-so ground clearance confirm its status as a soft-roader.

With a price in the low-$20,000 range, the Pontiac Torrent should generally be cross-shopped against compact SUVs such as the Escape/Tribute twins, CR-V, Outlander and RAV4. It's actually a bit larger than most of these vehicles, however. Its generous 112.5-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 188.8 inches provide additional interior room. And the Torrent is just as flexible as the Equinox, with a split-folding rear seat that slides 8 inches fore and aft. The only major mechanical difference between the two besides exterior styling is that the Pontiac SUV has a slightly firmer state of supsension tune.

Unlike some of the competition, the 2006 Pontiac Torrent doesn't offer much in the way of powertrain options; it's available only with a 3.4-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the equipment list offers more variety; the Torrent may be equipped with safety items like side curtain airbags and traction control, as well as upscale features like heated leather seats and satellite radio. Although several small SUVs can match the Torrent's overall package, it's certainly worth consideration if you're looking for an urban runabout with a flexible cabin design and high safety ratings.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The five-passenger Pontiac Torrent crossover SUV comes in one trim, and is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment highlights include 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a CD player and power windows, mirrors and locks. Further optional equipment is grouped into three main option packages. A Preferred package includes a power driver seat, uplevel cloth upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. If one orders the Preferred package, a Premium package becomes available; it equips the Torrent with leather seating and heated front seats. There's also a Sun and Sound package that includes a sunroof and a premium six-CD audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

The Pontiac Torrent comes with one engine: a 3.4-liter V6 good for 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. Towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds. The Torrent is available in all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive configurations, but only one transmission is offered -- a five-speed automatic.


ABS is part of the Torrent's standard features list, and traction control is standard on front-drive versions of the vehicle. Full-length side curtain airbags are optional. In NHTSA crash testing, the Pontiac Torrent earned a five-star rating (the best possible) for its protection of front occupants in frontal collisions. The Pontiac SUV also earned five stars for front- and rear-seat occupant protection in side collisions.

Interior Design and Special Features

Thanks to its long wheelbase, the Torrent offers plenty of room for its occupants. To make way for larger passengers or cargo, the 60/40-split rear seat can slide nearly 8 inches fore and aft. The Torrent offers 35 cubic feet of luggage space behind its rear seats; folding down the rear seat bumps the total to 69 cubic feet. An adjustable rear cargo shelf makes the loading of multiple small items easier and can also double as a picnic table. Up front, the Pontiac Torrent features relatively stylish chrome-ringed gauges and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. While most of the controls are simple in design, the stereo head unit's collection of small buttons is unnecessarily complicated.

Driving Impressions

The Torrent's 3.4-liter V6 furnishes such spunky response that it makes a mockery of its modest output ratings. This Pontiac SUV feels eager in most situations; it's only when taking on steep mountain upgrades that it lacks some steam. Ride comfort is commendable and evidently takes priority over sharp handling; the electric power steering is a bit too light and a little slow. All the same, for most consumers, the ride and handling balance of the 2006 Pontiac Torrent is pretty well dialed in for this class of vehicle.

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Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 22
  • highway
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