The Torrent has been a hit for my wife and me. We have pack it to the top and traveled with it. The rear seats and front passenger seat fold flat which allows a lot more storage. I consistently get 20-21 mpg and have gotten 26 when going 60 mph. Overall, my wife and I lover our Torrent!
We sprung for the Navigation system and have no regrets. I also jumped for 17" Chrome Wheels and added GM Accessory Chrome Door Handles.
I wish the fuel door was on the driver's side. It's an annoyance at the gas station. The cup holders and the emergency brake don't perfectly mesh.
Like many of you, I was doing some research last year trying to buy a comfortable, spacious and low price SUV. In conclusion the Torrent beat all the other suv I researched (Patriot,compass, Escape, Mercury). You get more of what you pay for. I bought the Bugg shield, window visor and mud guard. Wish it make it look cooler. Gas Mileage is decent compared to other cars or SUVs, can't complain.
The Leg space is awesome. I don't have to deal with my baby kicking the back of the driver seat. Cargo area is big too. Interior really nice design
The chrome console look good, but the reflex of the sun would blind you while you drive.
I have been looking for a small SUV since 2005. I have looked on and off but in 2006 when I saw the Torrent I knew I had to have one. I test drove the Rav and CRV and the Torrent left the best impression on me. It had the feel of a sporty Pontiac. The Torrent has decent giddy-up not as much as my 2005 Bonneville SLE but still enough. The back-seat slides forward and back to adjust for cargo room or leg room. I have been very happy with its balance of function and performance. In a crowded segment the Torrent stands out, and frankly there is not a better small SUV out there for the money. I am enjoying this little thing a lot and it is perfect for a family the likes to travel.
Sliding rear seat, sporty handling and excellent performing 5 speed automatic. I also love the DIC (drive info center) and the aux input jack for my i-Pod.
I love my black interior but could they offer a gray in addition to tan and black? Other than that nothing. I really like this Pontiac.
I am truly impressed with this vehicle. Styling is "eye catching" and performance with the 184 HP engine is remarkably strong, handling is much like a sports car feel. Highway is a smooth ride. Instrumentation is easily viewed and accessible. There is plenty of room for driver and passengers. The back seat adusts as well which is unique. As a mid-size it is comparable to other, more expensive makes, as far as hauling capacity. The sound system is wonderful. During hot summer months the A/C cools quickly. I looked at other makes comparable in size priced in the $30,000's that I would normally purchase but for the money I choice this Torrent and have been pleased. Time will tell.
Looking for an SUV I wanted something that was a) all wheel/4 wheel drive b) could pull at least 3,500 lbs c) get decent gas mileage, d) have cool-wow features e) have above average build quality & f) not cost me $30-K. I found that the CRV & Rav4 cant pull a boat & looked toyish. The Escape is smaller & gets worse gas mileage. Likewise, the Dodge Nitro/Jeep Liberty twins have lower MPGs, & they just didnt have a quality feel. The Torrent feels roomier inside than any of the other SUVs, & its reliability ratings are good. Overall feel is that of a more expensive import. Gas mileage has been what I expected too: 17 city & up to 25 highway.
The first American car Ive owned in many years and so far have been pleasantly surprised. Take this as a complement, this doesnt feel like an American car.Too many to list- remote start, heated leather seats, overall look and feel of the interior, I love the looks of this SUV!
I agree that the design of the center console could be better, but if you can get over that then this is an all around top contender.