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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
thick front roof pillars block vision
Good," frontal offset; not tested, side impact
Five stars, front and side impact; four stars, rollover resistance
An impressive list of standard safety features and high crash-test scores make the 2009 Pontiac Torrent a good choice in terms of safety.
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 2009 Torrent by the IIHS. 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.
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." According to ConsumerGuide, the 2009 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 2009 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."
According to ConsumerGuide, visibility suffers because "thick front roof pillars block vision when cornering and rear sight lines are hindered by the sloping roof."
Standard head-curtain side-impact airbags make the 2009 Pontiac Torrent an even safer choice than before.