2008 Pontiac Torrent vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac Torrent
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

As outfitted, the Torrent GXP will handily run circles around a Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, or 2009 Dodge Journey.

None of those competitors even offer performance packages.

The 2008 Pontiac Torrent also delivers a far more credible facsimile of sporty handling than the typical truck-based SUV (or even car-based crossover), but its Chevrolet Equinox donor chassis can't keep pace with the Opel that underpins the new Saturn Vue and Vue Red Line performance edition.

In the 2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP, though you're not going to out-corner sportscars, you will be piloting something a lot more agile than the typical lumbering SUV--something that's happy to tackle corners at speeds that would make most of its more SUV-looking crossover competition seriously unhappy.

2008 Pontiac Torrent 2008 Pontiac Torrent
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2009 Dodge Journey SE2009 Dodge Journey
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2009 Saturn VUE Green Line I42009 Saturn VUE
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2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Auto SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Pontiac Torrent offers good room and a great new GXP edition, but other choices in the segment are more refined and more modern.
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GLS2WD 4-Door ES
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4-Door Wagon
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManualNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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