Monday, October 1, 2007

2008 Pontiac Torrent Review

The five-passenger 2008 Pontiac Torrent SUV is available in a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive version, either of which comes equipped with a 185 hp, 3.4-liter V6 engine, and featuring a five-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission. Estimated fuel efficiency with the FWD is 19 mpg city and 26 highway with the AWD reporting 19/25. (Fuel capacity is 20 gallons.)

The Torrent has a cargo volume of 68.6 cubic feet behind the first row (with no second-row seats being used); 35.2 behind the second. With a five-star crash rating fro the NHTSA, the vehicle's crash avoidance features include an innovative on-demand all-wheel drive system. When poor road conditions cause front-wheel slippage, power is automatically delivered to the rear wheels as well. Occupants are protected by driver and right-front passenger air bags, and there are three-point safety belts for the driver and all passengers. (The LATCH system for child safety seats is also standard.)

The standard audio system on the 2008 Pontiac Torrent is a six-speaker AM/FM/CD unit with auto-tone control, automatic volume, Theftlock and an input jack for MP3 players. A six-disc, in-dash changer is an option as is a DVD entertainment system, an audio system with navigation, and XM Satellite radio.

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