2009 Pontiac Torrent

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Pontiac Torrent 4-door SUV
2007 Pontiac Torrent shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

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Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2006-09 models built after January 2006

Tested vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Torrent LS 4-door 4x2

The Pontiac Torrent was introduced in the 2006 model year, and the Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in the 2005 model year. All 2006 and later Torrent and Equinox models built after January 2006 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification. The tested vehicle was manufactured after the structural modifications had been made.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0605
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 12
Left (cm) 22
Center (cm) 20
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0605
HIC-15 230
Peak gs at hard contact 25
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Femur force - left (kN) 1.8
Femur force - right (kN) 2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.42
Maximum tibia index - right 0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 81
Right 65

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2006-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4-door 2wd

(Curb weight taken from 2008 Chevrolet Equinox LT 4-door 4wd)

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,821 lbs
Peak force 13,253 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.47

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 55
Distance below top of head (mm) 25
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.3
Head contact time (ms) 76
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 155
Max neck tension (N) 780

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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