2009 Pontiac Torrent vs. Its Competition

2009 Pontiac Torrent

The 2009 Pontiac Torrent delivers better handling than large truck-based SUVs, but it’s bested by most of the vehicles in this crowded class.

With the GXP, you'll pilot a vehicle that's a lot more agile than the typical lumbering SUV—it's happy to tackle corners at speeds that would make most of its more SUV-looking crossover competition seriously unhappy.

However, the GXP is pricey and can easily top $35,000.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is more conservative, but it has a tight, sturdy feel that TheCarConnection.com prefers to the Torrent.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a sportier feel overall, but road noise is plentiful and it’s not very refined.

Both the RAV4 and Outlander offer small third-row seats.

The Honda CR-V is possibly the best overall package for buyers in this class; it has top-rated safety, great assembly quality, and surprisingly good performance from its four-cylinder engine.

The 2009 Dodge Journey is yet another choice, and it’s the best choice for those who want a really well-equipped vehicle.

Highlights of the Journey’s options include Sirius Backseat TV and a MyGig hard-drive entertainment system.

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Quick Specs
7.6
While the GXP edition of 2009 Pontiac Torrent is the pick of the line, plenty of other vehicles in the segment are more refined and more modern.
8.4
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
8.2
Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From     
$24,820$20,925$23,280$20,700$21,495$21,500
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GLSFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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