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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 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Pontiac Torrent

  • With a roomy, flexible interior, high crash test scores and a wide selection of features, the 2007 Pontiac Torrent keeps pace with its newer competition in the small-SUV segment. If you're shopping in this class, it's worth a look.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Plenty of interior room, fore/aft-adjustable rear seats, high crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Limited choice in drivetrains, slow steering response, seats lack lateral support.

  • What's New for 2007

    A host of new features come on board for the 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The SUV now has four-wheel disc brakes (an upgrade over last year's rear drums), a tire-pressure monitor and a stability control system as standard equipment. On the options list, one will now find a driver information system with a trip computer, a navigation system, revamped audio systems with MP3 player input jacks, a rear-seat entertainment system and a remote vehicle-starting system.

Full 2007 Pontiac Torrent Review

What's New for 2007

A host of new features come on board for the 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The SUV now has four-wheel disc brakes (an upgrade over last year's rear drums), a tire-pressure monitor and a stability control system as standard equipment. On the options list, one will now find a driver information system with a trip computer, a navigation system, revamped audio systems with MP3 player input jacks, a rear-seat entertainment system and a remote vehicle-starting system.


Sized between compact SUVs and larger truck-based midsizers such as the Chevy TrailBlazer, the 2007 Pontiac Torrent is aimed at consumers desiring an easy-to-drive vehicle that's also stylish and provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Essentially a twin to the Chevrolet Equinox, the Torrent shares that ute's car-based platform, clean lines and beefy styling cues such as pronounced wheel arches. Differentiating the two is Pontiac's signature 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 and handling foul weather rather than off-road trail-bashing. All-season tires and so-so ground clearance confirm its status as a soft-roader.

Inside, the five-passenger Torrent SUV features a sliding second-row seat and a movable parcel shelf: Both serve to maximize passenger and cargo space. The 2007 model also looks to be the best yet in terms of features. Pontiac has added a large number of convenience items such as MP3 input jacks for the audio systems, an optional navigation system, an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system and remote vehicle starting.

A 3.4-liter V6 is standard on the Torrent, and this engine provides strong, if not overly refined, performance that belies its modest output ratings. The "3400" V6 also returns respectable fuel economy -- expect to average 19-20 mpg. A supple ride and quiet cabin are additional qualities that make the Torrent a good choice for families who like to take long road trips. Safety has been improved this year as well, with standard stability control, better brakes, a passenger detection sensor for the passenger-side airbag and a rollover detection sensor for the side curtain airbags.

Before this year's round of improvements, we thought highly enough of the Torrent's twin, the Equinox, to award it a spot on our 2005 Editors' Most Wanted list for "SUV under $25,000." Now the Torrent faces more of a challenge, as recently redesigned rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Outlander, Suzuki XL-7 and Toyota RAV4 all have powerful V6 engines and optional third-row seats this year. Yet the 2007 Pontiac Torrent still scores high on most counts: It's peppy, quiet, spacious and safe. It's certainly worth consideration if you're looking for a reasonably priced urban runabout with a flexible cabin design and a long list of available features.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Pontiac Torrent is a midsize crossover SUV. It comes in one trim, and buyers have a choice of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment highlights include 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, a CD player, a driver information center and full power accessories. Further optional equipment is grouped into three main option packages. The Preferred Package includes a power driver seat, remote vehicle-starting system, upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. If one orders the Preferred Package, the Premium Package with leather seating and heated front seats becomes available. There's also the Sun and Sound Package, which includes a sunroof and a premium audio system with an in-dash CD changer. A la carte options include a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch chrome wheels. An auxiliary input jack for MP3 players is included if you spring for the nav or rear entertainment system; you can also order this feature separately.

Powertrains and Performance

The lone engine offered in the Torrent SUV is a 3.4-liter V6 good for 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Though the horsepower output of GM's familiar "3400" V6 is unimpressive for this segment, there's enough low and midrange torque to make acceleration adequate for most situations. Towing capacity is rated at 3500 pounds.


Antilock four-wheel disc brakes, stability control ("StabiliTrak"), traction control and a tire-pressure monitor are all standard on the 2007 Pontiac Torrent. Full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor 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 and scored the same for front- and rear-seat occupant protection in that agency's side impact tests. In IIHS tests, the Torrent scored a "Good" rating (the highest of four) in frontal-offset testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Thanks to its long wheelbase, the Torrent SUV 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 those seats bumps the total to 69 cubic feet -- a healthy figure for this class. An adjustable rear cargo shelf makes loading of multiple small items easier and can also double as a picnic table. Up front, the Torrent features relatively stylish chrome-ringed gauges and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. Most of the controls are simple in design and for the most part, the Torrent's cabin is attractive and solidly constructed. Yes, most of the dash is made of hard plastic, but tasteful metallic accents, rubber-ringed climate knobs and padded door panel armrests help atone for that sin. Storage cubbies abound, and there are also pockets in every door. Firm but somewhat lacking in lateral support, the front buckets still prove comfortable on long commutes.

Driving Impressions

For most consumers, the handling and ride balance of the Pontiac Torrent is pretty well dialed in for this class of vehicle. There's some body roll when cornering at a brisk tempo, but it is well controlled. Ride comfort is commendable and evidently takes priority over sharp handling. The Torrent's electric power-assisted steering, however, blights the scorecard with its lack of feel and somewhat slow action.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

Sigh, at least the car

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Only good thing is the styling and power.Bought it as a "GM certified pre-owned"vehicle going through a 101-point inspection. LIES. Purchased it with 33,000 miles on it. It nwo has 68,000. Since purchasing the car several things have occurred: Valve stems cracked within three weeks of purchase & had to get the car towed because of the flat tire. GM paid for the towing. Alternator went out in one year. Spoiler (YES, the SPOILER) became loose and came off and they didnt cover it. GM customer service a joke! The car randomly leaks in the back when going into a high pressured car wash. Black cloth seats get mysterious irremovable water stains? Sucks in the snow/ rain. Traction control is a joke

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Love my '07 torrent

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV AWD (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Guess I got lucky, I love my Torrent! We downsized from a Chevy Suburban. Sure there are little things like the chrome on the shifter, a spot on the outside mirrors can catch the sun just right @ 0600 & the rubber seal on the front windows can come loose, needing pushed back in, but overall, very reliable car. Handles great in snow, mud, rain & in the fields. Other cars slip & slide, mine stays true, haven't felt this good behind the wheel since dads '80 Auto 4WD AMC Eagle, my '80 Mazda GLC (rear wheel drive) & my '93 Subaru Loyale (on demand 4WD). Folks carried star route mail rts, we've driven all kinds of cars in all kinds of conditions. We find a car we like, we try & keep it!

Gm should be ashamed

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

I have owned gm cars for over 40 years this is a piece of #### water leaks when it rains hard, dealer unable to find leak, unable to remove key from ignition at any given time, wind leaks it has very cheap interior, drive train is solid however this not an America made vehicle no parts made in USA zero

Not a great vechile

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

Bought it used last year. First rain storm found out how poor it handles in the rain. Traction control is scary when it comes on. It came with four good snow tires but is total useless in the snow. When on ling trip this summer and had reasonable trip except when it rained. Found that the spare tire compartment fills with water when it rains. Lost right side from stereo and the turn signal has no sound. First and last GM product.

2007 torrent

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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased this vehicle in 2007 and unfortunately totaled this vehicle recently. This vehicle saved my life. I walked away from a major accident with bruises. Vehicle is great on gas and is fun to drive. Cup holder and emergency brake are placed in a poor position but everything else is exceptional. Never purchase AFTER market products with this vehicle.. Dealer installed sunroof and it caused battery failure many times. Also, I thought this truck did not ride well in rain and snow but now realize after reading this site realize this may be a MAJOR fault with this vehicle. Traction control is poor and ironically my accident occurred in the rain..


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Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent 4dr SUV AWD (3.4L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my vehicle in June 07 and less than 6 mths later the back tires locked up (while I had my 2 mth old in the car!) and the stabilitrak lights came on. Brought it to the dealer and they fixed (so I thought). One month after my warranty ran out, the light came on again and my steering wheel locked up. I didn't bring it back to the dealer, but figured out it must b a computer glitch. If I turn my car off wait a few seconds then turn it back on, the light normally goes off and the wheel unlocks. This must be a problem with this particular vehicle! Don't purchase this vehicle in an awd! The paint on the window buttons located by the stick shift rubbed off. Looks like crap now. Seat stitching pulled apart

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Gas Mileage


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