2008 Saturn Vue XE 4 cylinder vs 2008 Pontiac Torrent

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by jc, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. jc

    jc Guest

    RE: 2008 Saturn Vue XE 4 cylinder vs 2008 Pontiac Torrent

    I've narrowed my search for a small SUV to these two cars.

    Main reasons, forward folding passenger seat, reclining rear seats and
    lots of rear leg room. I need these features as I sometimes need to
    work on my laptop from the car and like to sit in the back.

    Both FWD,
    Both Leather interior.
    Both black exterior.

    I was able to negotiate the Vue down to about 24k Out the door.

    And the Torrent for about 25k out the door.

    The Vue is 4 cylinders, but drives real nice for a 4 and will save
    some gas money.

    The Torrent is 6 cylinders, but engine seems loud and kind of low
    torque for a v6.

    The Vue does 19 city mpg, the Torrent 17mpg. (Slight win for Vue -
    though not a fair play)

    Leather on Torrent seams cheaper grade, comes in charcoal, Vues
    leather seems nicer, but in taupe. I prefer charcoal, but the taupe
    does look nice with black.

    As far of space in the back seat, the Torrent is incredible. roll the
    driver seat up and fold the passenger side and I feel like i'm in my
    living room. Incredible to think it's a small SUV.

    Exterior looks, both have their pros and are attractive. To me, much
    more attractive than the Honda CR-V. Also the CR-V does hot have a
    folding passenger seat (who cares right? well I do). Many small size
    suv's also still have the spare tire showing which is stupid.
    Sometimes the Torrent looks like a Minivan. Sometimes the Vue looks
    like a cheap Korean car.

    All that said, I would just buy the Torrent for the rear seating space
    and dark interior, my only concern is a online few reports I've read
    that might imply cheap plastic parts int he car might break and that
    over time, and in classic GM style, the engine might get weak and

    Any strong opinions about these cars or better alternatives? Any
    reason to simply not buy the Torrent?

    My most desired features in my next small SUV.

    - Folding flat passenger seat
    - Reclining rear seats with plenty of head and leg room
    - Despite being small SUV, something that does not say, girly car like
    the CR-V seems to scream.
    - Decent fuel economy
    - Around $25k OTD with leather (I know that seriously narrows the

    Thanks in advance for any help or information.
    jc, Jan 6, 2008
  2. jc

    BläBlä Guest

    Personally I dont like the New Vues. Foreign made (german engine,
    mexican chassis IIRC) and the new 2.4L gets worse gas mileage than the
    2.2L. The 2.4L also up'ed the octane requirements... (I'm not saying
    timing chain driven Ecotecs arent good engines.) Just be sure to factor
    'octane' into the mileage difference of what ever you get.

    You never said which engine you were looking at in the Torrent but I'm
    guessing its the 3.4 by the city mileage. The Torrent is based on the
    same chassis as the Equinox. The 3.4L is no longer made in America and
    is made only in China now. The Equinox&Torrent is also made in China.
    The 3.4L engine was an awful design so stay away from it. The optional
    3.6 VVT engine is very advance (aka complex) and still to new to judge
    but I don't really care for it...

    I'm not fan of the CR-V either... There are no SUV's I like anymore
    since the Vue changed... Maybe you could consider a Crew Cab Colorado
    but I doubt it that. The 2.9L actually does pretty good in it. I could
    name a few nice cars but I don't think they'll fit your need. If I HAD
    to have a 'new' SUV it would be the Vue but I'd rather have the older
    2.2L ones.
    BläBlä, Jan 6, 2008
  3. jc

    marx404 Guest

    The Torrent is based upon the old VUE platform, the VUE is an all new
    vehicle and you are right in noting that the Pontiac V6 is loud and
    underpowered which is typical of V6 pontiacs. Go with the 4cyl VUE, the
    ecotec engine in the VUE can't be beat and is tweaked to get the most power.
    The Torrent is a dying model, to be eventually phased out as it's sister the
    Chevy Equinox. The '08 VUE is an international SUV with much longevity for
    GM and many standard safety features and a better safety rating than the
    Equinox, which again, is the Torrent clone.
    marx404, Jan 7, 2008
  4. jc

    BläBlä Guest

    Marx stop trying to slander Pontiacs name with that POS motor and stop
    slamming Pontaic every chance you get. GM could start using that motor
    in Saturns tomorrow should they choose to. In fact the LZ4 3500 used in
    the Aura & Vue is based off the 3.4 engine. Also consider Pontaic hasn't
    had their own motor in almost 30 years & Saturn hasn't had their own
    motor for almost 5 years now...
    BläBlä, Jan 7, 2008
  5. Dass it!

    You tell the biatch!
    Refinish King, Jan 7, 2008
  6. jc

    marx404 Guest

    Didn't mean to sound like I was slamming the Pontiac V6, and I do think the
    ecotec (which you are right, isn't an original Saturn engine, it is a
    Lotus/Opel engine originally, which I am quite ok with). The Pontiac V6 in
    the GP was ok, but felt underpowered for what it was. ( I feel the same way
    about the ecotec in the Aura I4 too) I do like Pontiac actually, you should
    see what GM has in plans for them and Holdens are cool. I am just not
    "excited" about anything they have had in awhile. Now, lets talk about thier
    new G8, now thats something to be excited about.

    I was just stating to the OP the facts that the other vehicles he was
    comparing against are now based on obsolete platforms.
    Yes, pushrod is good.
    marx404, Jan 8, 2008
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