ABS standard. Head protection air bags available, standard in 2009. ESC standard from 2007.
The Torrent is a rebadged Chevrolet Equinox. In our tests of the Equinox, we found the rear seat roomy, and it can slide to increase passenger or cargo room. Interior quality is subpar, and the 3.4-liter V6 is coarse and returns unimpressive fuel economy at 18 mpg overall. The ride is acceptable at low speeds, but handling is clumsy and the turning circle is wide. We found the front seats uncomfortable and some controls poorly located. The Equinox's tip-up in the government rollover test has been addressed by standard ESC. 2009 brings standard curtain air bags.