A leading off-road and utility vehicle, the Hummer H3 is Hummer's tribution to the midsize SUV and midsize pickup category. Produced between 2005 and 2010, the H3 is an incredibly viable used vehicle. Based upon the modified GMT355, the H3 exists as Hummer's smallest model while being the only one to be manufactured by General Motors.
The H3 was inspired by the original, military-exclusive Hummer and Hummer's larger H2. The Hummer H3 debuted in 2006, existing as one of GMs most consumer-based products. Crafted as the premium truck brand's entry-level vehicle, it served as an alternative to typically gas-guzzling products.
Available as a midsize pickupthe H3T as a traditional, midsize SUVthe H3 Hummer's "in between" purchase for most. Packing an automatic transmission and strong towing capabilities, the H3 allowed for diverse driving without sacrificing cross-town functionality.
Different from the H1's off-road design, the 2006 Hummer H3 sold as a sport utility vehicle due to its four-wheel drive accessibility. In 2007, the H3 introduced the H3X urban-centric style package, followed by the V8-powered Alpha version in 2008. The following year, Hummer released the H3T crew cab truck alternative version.
While the Hummer H3 ceased production in May 2010, its Alpha upgrades are still noted within the industry for the leather seats, premium seven-speaker sound system, and enhanced interior.
The H3 packs a surprisingly reactive suspension. Often cited as "springy," the H3's ride does deliver an easygoing experience. Its interior amenities, like its optional XM radio in all trims, certainly adds to the comfort. Smooth on both city streets and highways, the H3 with tight angles, quick approaches and rapid turns.
It handles well,avement irregularities will be noticed as the H3's suspension takes effect. Its automatic acceleration is quick and smooth from low speeds and standstills, and the 2008 H3 excels via its 3.7-liter engine. Previous 3.5-liter versions, however, may lack adequate passing power. The H3 emits low driveline noises at low speeds on highways and city streets.
While older H3 versions will cost a bit less, purchase quality is reduced by their lack of engine upgrades and handling.
On newer H3 models, value is derived from the V8 engine, standard four-wheel drive, off-road capabilities, and on-road handling. While a used but late-year H3 will cost more than leading alternatives, it will pack more value over typically prioritized exterior build looks and on-road comfort. A lacking interior and poor fuel economy make other alternatives better, if towing power and consistent drives aren't top concern.
The H3 is considerably more "civilized" than larger Hummers, packing a solid performance without neglecting off-road capabilities. Highway riders are paid much-needed attention, as the H3's lightweight design allows consistent performance across all arenas.
That said, off-roaders who require Hummer's reknown cut-throat performance may be left unsatisfied. On five-cylinder models, the H3's automatic transmission can become rough when transitioning from low to high speeds.
The Hummer H3's first edition is available with a 3.5-liter, straight five-cylinder L52 engine-which produces 220 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. In subsequent years, the Hummer is available with the following engines and powertrains:
2009 H3 models benefit from a 239-horsepower upgrade, which produces 241 pound-feet of torque. Revised EPA test standards, when equipped to any later-year H3 models, can boost fuel economy to 40 mpg and 18 mpg on roads and highways, respectively. V8 purchasers can expect a 300-horsepower variant which produces 320 pound-feet of torque.
Carrying short overhangs and a wide track, newer H3 models are shorter than they appear. A used model will, however, pack the following across most trims:
Inside, drivers can expect supreme comfort with the H3's prioritization of space abundance. While requiring an upward climb to enter, the H3's side steps are certainly useful. On later models, the H3's optional leather upholstery is a welcomed luxury addition.
Remote keyless entry, cruise control, and an OnStar communications system are standard among most models, as is Onstar's Safety and Security package. And, the Hummer H3 hasn't cut any corners on comfort and safety.