TheCarConnection.com finds that the 2008 Pontiac Torrent gets high crash-test scores, and it boasts an impressive list of standard safety features.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal crash testing, the Pontiac Torrent earned a five-star rating (the best possible) for the protection of front occupants; it scored the same for front and rear occupant protection in its side impact tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the Pontiac Torrent scored a highest possible "good" rating in frontal offset testing. Side impact tests were not performed on the 2008 Torrent by the IIHS.
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent has the following standard safety features: anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Edmunds adds that the Pontiac Torrent 2008 is equipped with OnStar and that "full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor are optional, but front-seat side airbags (that provide torso protection) are not available." Cars.com mentions "the new Electronic Trailer Sway Control, which automatically detects trailer sway caused by an improper trailer weight balance or excessive vehicle speed, then activates the stability system to maintain control."
As for visibility when driving this SUV, ConsumerGuide notes that the "thick front roof pillars block vision when cornering and rear sight lines are hindered by the sloping roof."