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Comfortable seating and ample storage space are let down by a noisy cabin and poor materials inside the 2009 Pontiac Torrent.
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cabin is attractively styled and solidly constructed

One of the easier SUVs to enter
Kelley Blue Book

Plenty of headroom and legroom up front...seats offer fine support

According to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, the 2009 Pontiac Torrent is generally praised for its ample front and rear legroom and its general level of comfort, but they are less enthusiastic about its fit and finish.

ConsumerGuide notes, "the quality of Torrent's interior trim is improved for 2009, though the overall tactile experience still trails that of most competitors." According to Edmunds, "hard plastic abounds, but the Pontiac Torrent's cabin is attractively styled and solidly constructed." ConsumerGuide gripes that the GXP's engine "is particularly unrefined, the exhaust note is raspy, and tire noise is excessive." They also claim that their test model "suffered from loud wind whistling around the side windows."

Kelley Blue Book says that the 2009 Pontiac Torrent "is one of the easier SUVs to enter, and the rear seat provides ample leg space even in its farthest-forward position." They call the seats "generously supportive and comfortable," but "nearly devoid of side bolstering." According to Edmunds, "the midsize Torrent offers plenty of room for its occupants and their stuff, including plenty of rear headroom and legroom." ConsumerGuide notes that the Pontiac Torrent has "plenty of headroom and legroom up front, and the seats offer fine support." They call the Pontiac Torrent 2009 Multi-Flex sliding rear seat "clever," and its 60/40 split design can accommodate three child safety seats or two with one of the seatbacks folded.

In addition to its generous legroom, the Pontiac Torrent also gets high scores for its cargo capacity. Kelley Blue Book tallies "35 cubic feet behind its upright seats, and a healthy 69 cubic feet available with the seats folded." The 60/40-split seats accommodate long items, and they like the many cubbies and door pockets that can store small items.


Comfortable seating and ample storage space are let down by a noisy cabin and poor materials inside the 2009 Pontiac Torrent.

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