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Pros: the look
Advice: don't buy!!!Reliabilty is very poor-been in for service in last six months for 2 ignition problems and 4 front wheel bearing/hub problems. I have the AWD model and the dealer told me last time to avoid potholes and rough roads. My vehicle has never been offroad and is on blacktop 99.9% of time. It has under 28,000 miles on it. Pontiac will not stand behind their product. Buy a Toyota or a Honda! I was sucked in by the look-don't make the same mistake!
Pros: the motor very zippy-the interior comfy and overall look is really cool
Cons: the AWD performance was very disappointing
Advice: test drive the AWD in the snow before you buyWe bought our Torrent NEW in 2006--I like the general look, color and the interior is comfy--great little zippy motor with lots of power--BUT the AWD is the WORST EVER--we have had other AWD vehicles that went like tanks BUT NOT THE TORRENT--we live in snow country and I have been stuck more times than I can count and when the AWD kicks in for no reason it throws the car sideways in the road--this is the first vehicle I am afraid to drive in the winter it makes a great summer car but I got the AWD for the winter months! Considered buying a Trailblazer then and now we are trading our Torrent in on one before winter comes again!
Cons: The spoiler
Advice: I like this vehicleI have had to replace the back spoiler 3 times and not sure if they have fixed the problem yet. Certain times I could not get the hatch to open from the warping of the spoiler when the sun hits it. This doesn't always happen. So we are hoping it's fixed. I really like my car and the color is great too but I am going to trade it in when the warranty runs out.
Pros: Sunroof/ moonroof
Cons: cargo net hooks- round so they don't exactly hold the hoops very well
Advice: Don't buy the base model.. Spend a couple of extra bucks a month for the upgrades.Handles great! Love the interior- lots of leg room- and arm room for that matter!
Pros: LOOKS AND TURN RADIUS
Cons: SEE ABOVE
Advice: GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEYRON.....BIG BEAR LAKE,(MOUNTAINS), CAL. LOVE THIS CAR. I WAS WEARY OF LOW POWER REPORTS. NOT TRUE AFTER 4K MILES BREAK IN. NICE INTERIOR, BUT NEEDS UPPER HAND GRIP ON PASSENGER SIDE. HAND BRAKE NOT PLACED WELL. SEATING POSITION SCRACHES MY WATCH WHEN CHANGING POWER SEAT SWITCH
Pros: Adjustable Rear seats
Cons: The antenna is mounted on the roof making it impossible to load plywood among other things.
Advice: TAKE IT FOR A TEST DRIVE. YOU WILL LOVE IT!I have to say that I love this vehicle. I have previously owned a Mazda Tribute and a Mercury Mountaineer and this is by far the most fun to drive. Personally I think it's the best looking crossover out there. Sure there are faster but none that look as sporty as the Torrent. The suspension is tight, the accelleration is more than adequate and it drives like a car with the bonus of all that room. For the money I would go for the Torrent, I dare you to find a more sporty CUV out there.