TheCarConnection.com notes that although the design of the 2009 Pontiac Torrent may be a dated, it features a few improvements that help keep it young and somewhat sporty-looking.
An almost copy of the Chevrolet Equinox, the 2009 Pontiac Torrent features some distinct styling cues that help it stand out. 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." 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.”
With its larger 18-inch wheels and lower stance, the GXP model has a somewhat sportier demeanor. "Some chrome from the company parts bin, including door handles and dual exhaust tips, round out the [GXP] package," reports Automobile Magazine. They also note "the absence of a roof rack gives the 2009 Pontiac Torrent GXP a smoother design flow compared to the standard model."
The Torrent’s interior gives no indication of the vehicle’s age, as most reviewers praise the Torrent’s cabin. 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.” MSN Autos talks about the “quiet, inviting, sporty looking interior,” and Cars.com says the Pontiac Torrent has "a well-designed 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 2009 Pontiac Torrents "have a unique gauge cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel."