The 2008 Pontiac Torrent has many improvements over the previous model, and the new Pontiac Torrent 2008 GXP version brings sportier looks to what TheCarConnection.com notes may be a dated design.
The Torrent is a near-twin of the Chevrolet Equinox, but some distinct styling cues give it a little breathing room of its own. Cars.com notes "the Torrent's twin-port grille is traditional Pontiac," and goes on to describe the Torrent’s classic crossover shape: “Headlights that wrap into the front fenders flank the grille, below which is a wide air intake. The front and rear overhangs are short, and the fenders are flared. Fog lamps and front and rear skid plates are standard.” MSN Autos says the Torrent “looks sportier than the Equinox”; in fact, it's “sporty enough for a roomy SUV, although it can't match the appearance of something like the Infiniti FX sport-utility vehicle, which emphasizes sport over utility.” Kelley Blue Book advises "if you're looking for an SUV that stands out from the pack, the Pontiac Torrent's attractive shape barely pokes its head past the average mark."
The new GXP model helps somewhat, with its larger 18-inch wheels and lower stance giving it a sportier demeanor. "Some chrome from the company parts bin, including door handles and dual exhaust tips, round out the [GXP] package," reports Automobile. They also note "the absence of a roof rack gives the 2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP a smoother design flow compared to the standard model."
Inside, the Torrent is a little more distinctive. Cars.com says the Pontiac Torrent has "a well-designed interior," and MSN Autos talks about the “quiet, inviting, sporty looking interior.” Kelley Blue Book gripes that "some controls are not as logically laid-out as they might be, and the base vehicle isn't so different from its Equinox cousin." Cars.com adds that the 2008 Pontiac Torrents "have a unique gauge cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel." Edmunds considers the interior “attractively styled” and remarks “the driver faces a stylish set of chrome-ringed gauges, sporty three-spoke steering wheel and a simple control layout.”