|   |  HUMMER H3

HUMMER H3

Review

REVIEW

Day 1: Hungry Valley - It Begains
"We'll have none of that high-school stuff out here," crackles Williams over the radio. "We're heading through some rough terrain, way out in the boonies, so it's important that everyone pays attention and follows directions," he continues.
Truck Trend editor Mark Williams' preamble takes place at the base of the Tehachapi mountains in a spot known as the Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area. Each member of his crew is piloting one of today's most capable off-road SUVs, an assemblage that includes the Hummer H3 Alpha, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Land Rover LR2, Nissan Xterra, and Toyota FJ Cruiser. Along for the journey are Julia LaPalme and trusted Truck Trend lieutenants Allyson Harwood and Thomas Voehringer. Trip rookie is the guy with too much product in his hair, dressed like he just robbed an REI. Me. Our mission: Determine which of this collection is the most capable, least compromised off-road machine.
First up is the Sluice Box, and as torture devices go, it doesn't look medieval, it looks prehistoric. Boulders the size of La-Z-Boys line both sides of this 50-yard stretch of manmade madness, while matching granite ottomans litter the interior at uneven intervals.
Photo 2/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Side View
Hip-deep in this rock box, Williams makes the first tough call of the trip. "I'm concerned about the LR2's ride height and undercarriage. I'd hate to wreck it so early on in the trip, so we'll leave it out of this one," he says.
"It's a car," mutters Harwood, clearly bemused by the Land Rover's low ground clearance. But wait, what does he mean "wreck it so early in the trip"? What else are we going to do? Before that thought can trickle any further, a squawk over the radio signals go time.
With Williams spotting the way, I send the Jeep creeping through the sluice. No drama here-click the lockers on, engage low range, lift off the brake, and the Rubicon's knobby BFGs immediately begin biting into the rough stone furniture. Though it has the least horsepower (202) and torque (237) of this group and the worst power-to-weight ratio, the Wrangler is otherwise made for this kind of stuff. It has the shortest wheelbase, best approach and departure angles, highest ground clearance, and is the only one here with a live axle in front and back.
Is all this really necessary? After the Jeep's initial run, all the others, Land Rover aside, claw their way through with no problem. The only casualty: a bit of plastic mudflap ripped off the Xterra.
Photo 3/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Rear View
Photo 4/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Front View


Featured Videos
Intro - 4x4 Torture Test Video
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha - 4x4 Torture Test Video
2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - 4x4 Torture Test Video
2008 Land Rover LR2 - 4x4 Torture Test Video
2008 Nissan Xterra - 4x4 Torture Test Video
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser - 4x4 Torture Test Video
Conclusion - 4x4 Torture Test Video

Next up is another manmade obstacle course that looks like a skatepark built into the side of a hill. Black tire marks show where lesser drivers in lesser vehicles have spun wheels in frustration.
As though to give it a chance at redemption, Williams sends the LR2 up first. Even with no low range or locking differential, the LR2 skips right up, with little wheelspin. The others make minimal use of their crawler gears and fancy electronics (like brake-assisted A-TRAC in the FJ) and still make quick work of the hill; braggadocio ensues.
Photo 5/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Rear View
When the quintet pulls up at the base of Hungry Valley's real hillclimb, all chest-puffing stops. Sandy, beige, hardpack dirt on the bottom gives way to intermittent patches of chalky-looking rock with a few deep gravelly ruts near the top. The grade doesn't look so steep until you hit the middle and beyond; as curves go, this one is mostly exponential.
"The idea here is to pick the line that provides the most traction," advises Williams. "I'll ride shotgun."
The invincible feeling returns as we begin our assault on the hill. This is why we brought the Jeep -- it's the default choice for prerunning situations like this. Only when the wheels begin to slip near the top, does my confidence also begin to give way. Williams is cool and unconcerned; as the Rubicon digs itself in deeper and begins to slide sideways, he issues the halt order for evaluation.
Photo 6/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Engine
Next thing you know, he's meditatively balancing on the Jeep's front bumper to help load the front wheels. But it's not good. I pick the wrong line and pay for it by having to back down the whole way.
Williams hops into the Xterra and takes a different line, straddling the ruts avoided on the first attempt. No problem; with the rear diff locked and low gears engaged, the Xterra walks right up.
Brow furrowed, Williams heads down to jump back in the Jeep and rolls right up the hill with even less drama than in the Xterra. No need to even gas it at the end. No problem with the hardware -- just driver error. My error.
After using the Jeep's ultralow 4.00:1 gear to creep down -- no hill-descent mode needed here -- Mark hops into the LR2.
Photo 7/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Front Grille View
Photo 8/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Engine
Photo 9/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Land Rover LR2 HSE Rear View
Photo 10/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Land Rover LR2 HSE Engine
This is going to be good -- no low range, no lockers, no chance, right? But what do you know, that green badge does mean something. With tires spinning, the LR2 steamrolls the hill. Downhill is no problem, either, though its brake-based descent control sends it down awfully fast.
"Looks more like roller-coaster mode," joke Harwood and Voehringer.
Photo 11/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha Front View
Time for my redemption, and with its beige body and white top, the FJ looks more than ready to assist. Its 4.0-liter V-6 makes plenty of torque (278 pound-feet) and the Bridgestones seem to have just enough grip. The only white-knuckling occurs up top, as the FJ lightens up front, its weight tilted far to the back. "Straddle the hump," commands Williams, "and give it some more gas to keep the momentum up." Dirt flies and just like that we're on top of the world. Redemption is sweet. I want more.
Photo 12/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha Engine
On the same climb, our Hummer H3 Alpha is equally unstoppable, despite a 5100-pound curb weight. No surprise why; its 5.3-liter engine is the largest (and only) V-8 in this group, and it pumps out the highest power (295) and torque (317). At 4.03:1, this H3 also has the best low-range gearing, which makes descending down the hill just as uneventful as the climb.
Highway sprints to our photo location and then dinner in Death Valley's Furnace Creek reveal few surprises; naturally, the topless, live-axle Jeep receives little praise. "On-road, the Wrangler is a handful at highway-plus speeds where the solid front axle is particularly unimpressive. Numb doesn't even begin to characterize the handling at speed," says Voehringer, and he's a Jeep fan.
Photo 13/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Side View
Though quiet and reasonably smooth, the Hummer gets dinged for a leaden, slow-shifting four-speed. "This old-tech transmission is slow to respond, and as a result, acceleration from a stop happens with a lurch after a noticeable delay," says Harwood.
King of the Road is clearly the LR2. It's quick, responsive, with a carlike ride. "Everything about this Rover reminds me of butter. The suspension absorbs bumps and dips so smoothly, transferring little of the disturbance to the driver," says LaPalme.
Photo 14/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Engine
"On-road, this is the vehicle of choice. It's quick, the steering is wonderful, and that transmission is like silk," Harwood adds.
The battle for second-most roadworthy comes down to the FJ versus the Xterra. While neither isolate secondary judders as well as the unitbody LR2, more responsive steering and excellent outward visibility give the Xterra the nod.
Day 2: Death Valley
Decked out in hot-weather gear, our crew motors quickly across the floor of Death Valley to beat rising temperatures by climbing to elevation. After a couple hours driving on the two-lane highway, mid-90-degree temps, and sub-sea-level elevations are far behind, replaced by cool breezes and 75-degree temps at 5500 feet.
Photo 15/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo death Valley Sign And Hummer Rear
After descending 3500 feet, it's almost noon before the turnoff on Saline Valley Road and up again onto Lippincott Mine Road. From here it's only 10 miles to the Death Valley's famous "Racetrack," but seven of those miles require serious 4x4 vehicles, with high clearances and experienced drivers.
"Stay close to the vehicle in front of you and pay attention to where they are placing their tires," comes sage advice from veteran Williams, who's taken the wheel of LR2 -- again concerned about the limited ground clearance and lack of low range and underbody protection.
Photo 16/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo group Photo
I rotate through the Xterra, then the Jeep, then the FJ. All low ranges and crawl gears are engaged, all dash lights are on -- diff lock, A-TRAC, you name it -- yet despite the rough terrain, none put a tire wrong during the slow and serious climbing.
Turn after rock-strewn turn reveals breathtaking views of Panamint Valley below. A few warts are revealed as well, like the limited visibility in the FJ and Hummer. Both are compromised by their chunky, adventure-inspired styling; the view forward is fine, but rear-mounted tires and small windows inhibit back and side visibility. Not so in the LR2, which boasts the largest sunroof opening after the Jeep's convertible top. This Land Rover continues to impress through this mountainous traverse, it doesn't just keep up, it leads the way-taking our convoy past the Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater, to a steak dinner and beds in Furnace Creek.
Photo 17/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo lippincott Pass Sign
Photo 18/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo truck Trend Team
Photo 19/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo group Photo
Photo 20/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo group Photo
Photo 21/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Front View
Photo 22/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo land Scape
Day 3: Dumont Dunes
"Dumont Dunes is not a place for revelations," comes Williams' disembodied voice over the radio, "if anything, it'll reinforce what you already believe." That's deep, downright Yoda-esque. Problem is, in terms of pure off-road ability, four in this quintet could walk away as the winner right now.
He's right -- the dunes do reinforce beliefs, and the first one solidified is that the Hummer has a serious weight problem. Even with all tires aired down to 22 psi, the Hummer never seems to float above the dunes like the others, but rather bogs about sluggishly. She never gets stuck -- nobody does -- but never elicits the whoops and hollers of the Rover, either.
Photo 23/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo truck Trend Team
"On the sand, the LR2 blew me away. I knew it would be good, but I wasn't prepared for how good it was. Engine and trans seem a perfect match for scaling up the shifting sand walls and diving back down over steep wind-blown cornices. It was like racing in a glass-protected ATV," comments Williams.
These heavy-duty SUVs prove to be like ATVs in more ways than one; though not all emerge without damage after we find a few safe jumps on the dunes. The Jeep Rubicon suffers two damaged rear struts, which are promptly removed -- despite the 200-mile drive mile home -- and the Toyota FJ gets a bent front quarter-panel, which causes some interference when opening the front passenger-side door. Maybe this makes sense, since these are the two fun-buggies on the sand. Still, Xterra and LR2 run with the wolves and come out unscathed.
Photo 24/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo group Photo
Late in the day, winds pick up and send forth a sandstorm the likes of which even veteran off-roader Williams has never seen. It looks like the sand monster sequence in "The Mummy." Despite being saddled in the windowless, strutless Jeep and facing a 100-mile drive to dinner, I can't get enough.
Photo 25/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha Front View
Photo 26/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo group Photo
Photo 27/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Side View
Photo 28/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Side View
Mad Greek Musings
Two hours later, at the Mad Greek near Barstow, our bone-weary group makes the last meal stop of the trip. Over the three days, we've burned a staggering 300 gallons of gas, charging over 800 hard miles and thousands of feet in elevation. It's late, and though skin and nerves are raw, the debate rages as to which off-roader is best.As fearless and capable as the Land Rover proves to be, it's fundamentally hamstrung by its lack of true off-road hardware. Its carlike features, including smooth ride, excellent transmission, and 16.1-mpg fuel-economy average, receives oodles of praise, but poor ground clearance and the lack of low range raises eyebrows and nix it from at least one of our tests.
Photo 29/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Land Rover LR2 HSE Rear View
"The LR2 chassis feels surprisingly stout to me. On the sand, this is the champ. I've never had so much fun on the dunes," says Harwood, before turning up the heat. "But this is a car. I know it did well on the washboard, and Mark babied it up and over some obstacles, but it doesn't have the off-road prowess the Land Rover badge and name promise. And it's way too expensive."
Cost fells the mighty Hummer H3 Alpha as well; its as-tested price of $44,535 is more than $13,000 higher than the FJ Cruiser's and Xterra's. That money could buy a lot of gas, especially with the H3 Alpha's 12.1-mpg fuel economy-the worst in the group.
Photo 30/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha Front View
"Why on earth is this thing so damned expensive? It doesn't use a new engine, and the transmission is just as old-tech. When it comes to creature comforts, there are no redundant steering-wheel controls, no iPod jack, and the tire-monitoring system doesn't even specify which tire(s) are low. Feels like you're paying for a brand name," says Harwood.
Yet it's tough to put such a capable off roader in fourth. "The Alpha's V-8 brings the H3 to life. On the gravel-strewn trails, the Hummer muscles over and through everything in its path. Tough, strong and solid, this thing feels like it can handle anything; for confidence behind the wheel, the H3 is king," says Voehringer.
Photo 31/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Front View
On paper, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is tough to beat. It's the most affordable, one of the best at the track, and returns the best fuel economy of the body-on-frame bunch: 15.5 mpg. Behind the wheel, it's smooth on the road and unstoppable off of it. It's a serious off-roader, but one marred by serious packaging flaws. Flip-out rear doors make second-row seat-loading difficult in tight situations.
"Perhaps the smoothest combination of software and traditional mechanicals to get the most-and most efficient-traction to the right wheel," says Williams. "It's handled everything we've thrown at it, but it's difficult to reconcile the interior and exterior designs. Looks great, but it's not functional. Visibility is restricted from almost every seat." After all, spotters are great when you're out on the trail, but you shouldn't need them in the Home Depot parking lot.
To no one's surprise, the battle for first comes down to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and the two-time SUV of the Year award winner, the Nissan Xterra. There's a lot to love about the legendary Jeep, but there also are some nagging problems. "The front and rear lockers and swaybar disconnect are cool tech, but about as old school as it gets, yet they get the job done. Nothing compares with the front and rear electric locking differentials. Ultralow low-range gear [4.00:1] transfer case also helps with crawling, but lightness and shovel-like tires almost have it digging into the hillclimb too much. On-road it's a handful; so little contact patch to the tires and a light steering feel allows it to get blown around quite a bit on pavement, especially highways. Engine and trans are the weak links here when they should be better," says Williams.
Photo 32/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Front View
"I love this thing. Overall, compared with the other vehicles, the Rubicon has the most personality. It's short, squat, and narrow, with ample ground clearance. The ride is a bit rough, transferring a lot of road-surface imperfections to the driver, but a Jeep is not about a cushy ride, it's about utility," says LaPalme.In contrast, the Nissan Xterra is the strong, silent type; one that evokes less emotion. "It doesn't stand out, but I mean that in a good way: It does everything right when asked, with no complaints. If it were my money and this were my daily driver during the week, off-roader on the weekend, I'd have an Xterra in the garage, no question," says Harwood.
Photo 33/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Front View
The Xterra is a surprising value, too. Our OR-V6 model is only a couple hundred dollars more than the price-leading FJ, but consider what you get in return-better tires, a roof rack, four real doors with powered rear windows, and excellent overall visibility.
The Xterra's no-fat, no-frills approach is why it wins this test. Williams sums it up best: "The exterior design matches its pure capability and functional personality. It's fun to toss around and really holds up well at highway speeds. The 4WD system is pretty basic but does offer an exceptionally compliant and flexible chassis. Tire and chassis combination are about the best all-around match as I've ever driven-for extreme high- and low-speed cruising. Inside and out, the Xterra makes a promise that its power and performance completely deliver."
Finishing Order
Photo 34/34   |   full Size Off Roading Suv Comparo 2008 Nissan Xterra OR V6 4x4 Front View
1. Nissan Xterra: Like it says on the door, off-road is where this one thrives. Low-key but as capable as the Rubicon, and far less compromised.
2. Jeep Wranger Rubicon: As always, excellent off-road, but others have caught up -- and don't have quite as many compromises in comfort or driveability.
3. Toyota FJ Cruiser: Great value, outsanding track performance, and excellent manners on road and off. Too bad butch styling hinders visibility and practicality.
4. Hummer H3 Alpha: Biggest, baddest, and most powerful, but also heaviest, thirstiest, and most expensive.
5. Land Rover LR2: Best on the road and dunes, but ground clearance and no low range mean this is not a serious off-road machine. Goes almost everywhere the others do, but almost doesn't cut it.

  2008 Hummer H3 Alpha 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2008 Land Rover LR2 HSE
GENERAL
Location of final assembly Shreveport, Louisiana Toledo, Ohio Halewood, England
Body style 4-door, 5-pass SUV 2-door, 4-pass SUV 4-door, 5-pass SUV
EPA size class Special purpose Special purpose Special purpose
Drivetrain layout Front engine, 4WD Front engine, 4WD Front engine, AWD
Airbags Front, front side, side curtain Front, front side Front, front side,
POWERTRAIN
Engine type 90o V-8, alum block/heads 60o V-6, iron block/alum heads I-6, alum block/head
Bore x stroke, in 3.78 x 3.62 3.78 x 3.43 3.33 x 3.78
Displacement, ci/L 325/5.3 231/3.8 195/3.2
Compression ratio 9.9:1 9.6:1 10.8:1
Valve gear OHV, 2 valves/cyl OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Fuel induction SFI Sequential multiport SFI
SAE horsepower, hp @ rpm 295 @ 5200 202 @ 5200 230 @ 6300
SAE torque, lb-ft @ rpm 317 @ 4000 237 @ 4000 234 @ 3200
Transmission type 4L60 4-speed automatic 42RLE 4-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
1st 3.06:1 2.84:1 4.15:1
2nd 1.63:1 1.57:1 2.37:1
3rd 1.00:1 1.72:1 1.56:1
4th 0.70:1 1.25:1 1.16:1
5th N/A N/A 0.86:1
6th N/A N/A 0.69:1
Reverse 2.29:1 4.06:1 3.39:1
Axle ratio 4.10:1 4.10:1 3.75:1
Final drive ratio 2.87:1 5.13:1 2.59:1
Indicated rpm @ 60 mph 1800 1850 1800
Transfer-case model NV241 NV241OR Rock-Trac N/A
Low-range ratio 4.03:1 4.00:1 N/A
Crawl ratio (1st x axle gears x low range) 50.6:1 46.6:1 N/A
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded Regular unleaded Premium unleaded
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Wheelbase, in 111.9 95.4 104.7
Length, in 186.7 152.8 177.1
Width, in 85.5 73.7 75.1
Height, in 74.5 70.9 69.5
Track, f/r, in 65.0/65.5 61.9/61.9 63.0/63.5
Headroom, f/r, in 40.6/39.9 41.3/40.3 40.2/39.4
Legroom, f/r, in 41.9/35.0 41.0/35.6 41.9/36.4
Shoulder room, f/r, in 54.4/53.5 55.8/61.6 57.6/57.3
Cargo vol beh 1st/2nd row, cu ft 55.7/29.5 56.5/17.2 58.9/26.7
Ground clearance, in 9.1 10.2 8.3
Approach/departure angle, deg 39.4/36.5 44.3/40.4 29.0/32.0
As-tested curb weight, lb 5100 4221 4343
Weight distribution, f/r, % 52.0/48.0 49.0/51.0 58.0/42.0
Max payload capacity, lb 1150 1000 1100
GVWR, lb 6001 5000 5520
GCWR, lb 12,000 6279 9000
Max towing capacity, lb 6000 2000 3500
Fuel capacity, gal 23 18.6 (est) 18.5
CHASSIS
Construction Ladder frame Ladder frame Unibody
Suspension, f/r Independent, SLA torsion bar/, solid axle, multi-leaf, anti-roll bar Live axle, leading arm, coil spring/live axle, trailing arm, coil spring Strut, coil spring, anti-roll roll bar/strut, coil spring, anti-roll bar
Steering type Power rack-and-pinion Power recirculating ball Power rack-and-pinion
Ratio 17.0:1 16.7:1 15.4:1
Turns, lock to lock 3.3 3.5 2.6
Turning circle, ft 37 34.9 37.6
Brakes, f/r 12.4-in vented disc/12.3-in vented disc, ABS 11.9-in vented disc/12.4-in disc, ABS 12.5-in vented disc/12.0-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels 16x7.5-in alloy 17x7.5-in cast alum 19x8.0-in cast alum
Tires LT285/75R16 Bridgestone Dueler AT LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM P235/55R19 Continental 4x4 Contact
Load/speed rating 113/Q 108/Q 105/H
PERFORMANCE
Acceleration, sec
0-30 2.7 2.8 2.8
0-40 4.1 4.3 4.5
0-50 6.2 6.9 6.5
0-60 8.6 9.8 8.8
0-70 11.4 13.2 11.7
0-80 15.4 18.9 15.4
0-90 20.8 N/A 19.4
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 16.5 @ 82.0 17.1 @ 77.7 16.7 @ 83.2
Braking, 60-0, ft 148 145 131
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy, mpg 13/17 15/19 16/23
As-tested fuel economy, mpg 12.1 12.8 16.1
CO2 emissions, lb/mile 1.33 1.17 1
PRICE
Base price $39,905 $27,920 $36,150
Options $4,630 $4,270 $5,250
Price as tested $44,535 $32,190 $41,400


  2008 Nissan Xterra OR-V6 4x4 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
GENERAL
Location of final assembly Smyrna, Tennessee Hamura, Japan
Body style 4-door, 5-pass SUV 4-door, 5-pass SUV
EPA size class Special purpose Special purpose
Drivetrain layout Front engine, 4WD Front engine, 4WD
Airbags Front, side, f/r curtain Front, front side,
POWERTRAIN
Engine type 60 V-6, alum block/heads 60 V-6, alum block/heads
Bore x stroke, in 3.75 x 3.62 3.70 x 3.74
Displacement, ci/L 241/4.0 241/4.0
Compression ratio 9.7:1 10.0:1
Valve gear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Fuel induction SFI SFI
SAE horsepower, hp @ rpm 261 @ 5600 239 @ 5200
SAE torque, lb-ft @ rpm 281 @ 4000 278 @ 3700
Transmission type 5-speed automatic 5-speed automatic
1st 3.84:1 3.52:1
2nd 2.35:1 2.04:1
3rd 1.53:1 1.40:1
4th 1.00:1 1.00:1
5th 0.84:1 0.72:1
6th N/A N/A
Reverse 2.77:1 3.22:1
Axle ratio 3.36:1 3.73:1
Final drive ratio 2.82:1 2.69:1
Indicated rpm @ 60 mph 1800 1800
Transfer-case model OR-V6 VF2A
Low-range ratio 2.63:1 2.57:1
Crawl ratio (1st x axle gears x low range) 33.9:1 33.7:1
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded Premium unleaded
DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Wheelbase, in 106.3 105.9
Length, in 178.7 183.9
Width, in 72.8 74.6
Height, in 74.9 71.6
Track, f/r, in 61.8/61.8 63.2/63.2
Headroom, f/r, in 39.9/39.3 41.3/40.3
Legroom, f/r, in 42.4/34.4 41.9/31.3
Shoulder room, f/r, in 58.3/58.3 58.4/53.9
Cargo vol beh 1st/2nd row, cu ft 65.7/35.2 66.8/27.9
Ground clearance, in 9.5 9.6
Approach/departure angle, deg 33.2/29.4 34.0/31.0
As-tested curb weight, lb 4485 4346
Weight distribution, f/r, % 52.0/48.0 54.0/46.0
Max payload capacity, lb 1004 1272
GVWR, lb 5400 5567
GCWR, lb 10,000 9500
Max towing capacity, lb 5000 5000
Fuel capacity, gal 21.1 19
CHASSIS
Construction Ladder frame Ladder frame
Suspension, f/r Control arm, coil spring, anti-roll bar/live axle, leaf spring Control arm, coil spring, anti-roll bar/live axle, coil spring, anti-roll bar
Steering type Power rack-and-pinion Power rack-and-pinion
Ratio 20.4:1 17.1:1
Turns, lock to lock 3.5 3.1
Turning circle, ft 37.3 41.8
Brakes, f/r 11.7-in vented disc/11.3-in disc, ABS 12.6-in vented disc, 12.3-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels 16x7.0-in cast alum 17x7.5-in cast alum
Tires P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail P265/70R17 Bridgestone Dueler H/T
Load/speed rating 114/T 113/S
PERFORMANCE
Acceleration, sec
0-30 2.7 2.4
0-40 3.9 3.8
0-50 5.5 5.5
0-60 7.4 7.4
0-70 9.9 10
0-80 13.3 13.3
0-90 17.2 17.2
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 15.8 @ 86.8 15.8 @ 86.6
Braking, 60-0, ft 137 137
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy, mpg 14/20 16/20
As-tested fuel economy, mpg 13.8 15.5
CO2 emissions, lb/mile 1.2 1.1
PRICE
Base price $28,485 $24,820
Options $2455 (est) $6,048
Price as tested $30,940 (est) $30,868

SEARCH BY MAKE/MODEL
e.g. Toyota
e.g. Tacoma
FIND IT NOW

2010 HUMMER H3

SPECIFICATIONS
$33,390
14 / 18
3.7L I5
VIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS
See all Photos, Ratings, Pricing and Specifications
Truck Trend news
GM Recalling 196,000 Hummer H3, H3T Models For Fire Hazard
HVAC Systems Cited for Issue; 42 Reports, Three Injuries
Edward A. SanchezJul 9, 2015
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
The Last Hummer H3 Rolls of the Shreveport, Louisiana Production Line
The final nail was driven into the coffin this morning when the last production Hummer -- a H3 -- was driven off the production line in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Steve DiehlmanMay 26, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
198,000 Hummer H3 Recalled for Loose Engine Hood Trim
General Motors revealed it is recalling 198,000 2006-1010 Hummer H3 and H3T models to rectify a loose trim piece mounted on the hood.
Andrew PetersonMay 6, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Saturn Outlook and Hummer Production Lines Restart
Production of the Saturn Outlook crossover apparently resumed last week at the automaker's facility in Lansing, Michigan and GM says H3 production will commence on April 12, and the order should be fulfilled by May 13 at the very latest.
Andrew PetersonMar 16, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Hummer H3 Lineup Gains Flex-Fuel V-8 Option for 2010, Prices Mostly Untouched
To combat plummeting sales, the 2010 Hummer H3 and H3T gain the option of the H3 Alpha's 5.3L E85 Flex Fuel V-8 plus three new colors.
Zach GaleNov 6, 2009
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
GM kills Hummer sales rumors, but keeps options open
GM General Manager Martin Walsh has spoken out today to tamp down rumors about Hummer. Official word from Walsh is that GM has not yet asked anyone for offers or had any discussions with potential buyers.
Scott EvansAug 20, 2008

2009 HUMMER H3

SPECIFICATIONS
$33,390
14 / 18
3.7L I5
VIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS
See all Photos, Ratings, Pricing and Specifications
Truck Trend news
198,000 Hummer H3 Recalled for Loose Engine Hood Trim
General Motors revealed it is recalling 198,000 2006-1010 Hummer H3 and H3T models to rectify a loose trim piece mounted on the hood.
Andrew PetersonMay 6, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
GM Plans More Production Cuts in Light of Lower Deman
Hot on the heels of announced production cuts from just about every automaker, Detroit News reports today that GM will slash its production volume even further.
Carlos LagoNov 21, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Still Standing: Hummer Debuts Three New Concepts for SEMA
It appears rumors of Hummer's death have been greatly exaggerated, at least when it comes to this year's SEMA show.
Andrew StrieberOct 23, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Officially for sale, Hummer draws new interest from the Persian Gulf
When word came out that GM was looking to either sell Hummer or shut it down, many wondered who exactly would want to buy the slumping, CAFE-challenged SUV division. Despite denials that the brand was even on the block yet, potential suitors from Russia, China, and India all took themselves out of c
Andrew StrieberAug 30, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
GM kills Hummer sales rumors, but keeps options open
GM General Manager Martin Walsh has spoken out today to tamp down rumors about Hummer. Official word from Walsh is that GM has not yet asked anyone for offers or had any discussions with potential buyers.
Scott EvansAug 20, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
Shows & Events
Event Coverage: HUMMER Recreation Rescue Bald Mountain OHV Project And 2009 HUMMER H3T Launch
On August 1, the Bald Mountain OHV route in the Sierra National Forest near Fresno, California, was restored with the help of volunteers from HUMMER, local four-wheel-drive clubs, the nonprofit off-road ethics organization Tread Lightly!, and U.S. Forest Service employees.
Benson KongAug 15, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
What, me worry? GM announces pricing for new H3T pickup
Pickup truck sales may be in decline and the Hummer brand on its way to being sold or put down, but GM has still invested heavily in its new H3-based pickup, the H3T, and is hoping it makes a splash when it reaches showrooms this fall.
Andrew StrieberJul 11, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Hummer gives Europe an H3 Sensation loaded with freebies
Hummer is currently in dire straits -- sales of its iconic, off-road ready SUVs are collapsing as gas prices continue to climb ($4.09 today and counting), and parent company GM is currently weighing its options as it looks to get rid of the brand.
Andrew StrieberJul 2, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
First Drive: 2009 Hummer H3T
Yell the word "Hummer" in a crowded room of auto enthusiasts and you're likely to get strong reactions-some focused on big-truck fuel economy...
Mark WilliamsJun 5, 2008
Motor Trend
Motor Trend Magazine
Motor Trend
2009 Hummer H3T First Drive
Dressed to kill and make dealers look good
Mark WilliamsMay 5, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
First Drive: 2009 Hummer H3T prototype
Broken-Down Mule: Driving, testing, and breaking Hummer H3T development mules off-road
Bruce W. SmithFeb 10, 2008

2008 HUMMER H3

SPECIFICATIONS
$30,995
14 / 18
3.7L I5
VIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS
See all Photos, Ratings, Pricing and Specifications
Truck Trend news
198,000 Hummer H3 Recalled for Loose Engine Hood Trim
General Motors revealed it is recalling 198,000 2006-1010 Hummer H3 and H3T models to rectify a loose trim piece mounted on the hood.
Andrew PetersonMay 6, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
What the World Needs Now? Geiger's Supercharged, 423-Horsepower Hummer H3
The folks at GeigerCars are building vehicles like it's 2002 again. The company's latest, a supercharged Hummer H3 Alpha combines all the modern social automotive irresponsibility possible atop four wheels.
Carlos LagoJan 5, 2009
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
TV Famous Towbin HUMMER in Vegas closes its doors
Towbin HUMMER in Las Vegas is shutting down and reopening as a smart car dealership according to a Wall Street Journal Blog.
Benson KongSep 10, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
4x4 SUV Comparison: 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Land Rover LR2, Nissan Xterra, and Toyota FJ Cruiser
Three Days in the Valley: Hunger, Death, and the Search for the Most Capable, Least Compromised Off-Roader
Edward LohAug 31, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
More HUMMER H3 SUVs put into service for the Red Cross
Thirteen additional HUMMER H3s have been put into American Red Cross service according to a GM press release.
Benson KongAug 29, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Team HUMMER To Be Led by Driver Emily Miller
Team HUMMER will be led across the Nevada desert in the Vegas to Reno race by driver Emily Miller, a first for a female driver, according to hummerguy.net.
Benson KongAug 12, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
HUMMER Partners with Tread Lightly! To Protect Off-Road Recreation
HUMMER will work with Tready Lightly! to restore and maintain the Bald Mountain OHV route in the Sierra National Forest, according to GM Communications.
Benson KongJul 31, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Hummer gives Europe an H3 Sensation loaded with freebies
Hummer is currently in dire straits -- sales of its iconic, off-road ready SUVs are collapsing as gas prices continue to climb ($4.09 today and counting), and parent company GM is currently weighing its options as it looks to get rid of the brand.
Andrew StrieberJul 2, 2008
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Truck Trend's Best in Class 2008: Hardcore 4x4
If there's one segment that creates the most debate (a polite term) among our judges, it's this one. Jeep has many advocates with its basic technology and long 4x4 history, as well as its impressive Rubicon off-road package.
Editors of Truck TrendApr 9, 2008
Motor Trend
Motor Trend Magazine
Motor Trend
Newcomers: 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha
Size matters
Matt StoneOct 1, 2007
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
Road Test: 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha
Sally Bottke is one of those special gearheads whose eyes light up and voice quivers with excitement any time the subject of high-performance pops up in conversation.
Bruce W. SmithSep 17, 2007
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
Auto News: V-8-Powered H3 Alpha Expands Hummer's Range Of Versatile SUVs
The 2008 H3 Alpha broadens HUMMER's range of versatile, do-anything and go-anywhere vehicles. HUMMER announced the H3 Alpha at the New York Auto Show; it goes on sale this summer.
Mar 28, 2007

2007 HUMMER H3

SPECIFICATIONS
$29,405
15 / 20
3.7L I5
VIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS
See all Photos, Ratings, Pricing and Specifications
Truck Trend news
198,000 Hummer H3 Recalled for Loose Engine Hood Trim
General Motors revealed it is recalling 198,000 2006-1010 Hummer H3 and H3T models to rectify a loose trim piece mounted on the hood.
Andrew PetersonMay 6, 2010

2006 HUMMER H3

SPECIFICATIONS
$28,935
N/A
3.5L I5
VIEW ALL SPECIFICATIONS
See all Photos, Ratings, Pricing and Specifications
Truck Trend news
198,000 Hummer H3 Recalled for Loose Engine Hood Trim
General Motors revealed it is recalling 198,000 2006-1010 Hummer H3 and H3T models to rectify a loose trim piece mounted on the hood.
Andrew PetersonMay 6, 2010
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
news
More Hummer Models Needed, GM's Lutz Declares
GM vice chairman Bob Lutz has never been one to hold his tongue. The outspoken exec, who is the a...
Sep 28, 2006
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
Truck Trend's Second Annual Ultimate 4x4 Challenge
Tow straps--check. Fix-a-Flat: half a dozen cans...where's that portable air compressor? Water? A couple cases should do the trick, and don't forget a case of sport drinks, a box of energy bars, and the first-aid kit.
Scott MeadNov 17, 2005
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
First Test: 2006 Hummer H3
The baby Hummer offers a design consistent with the larger H2--so much so that it tends to be invisible when driving around town and not get nearly as many gawks the H2 once did.
Mark WilliamsOct 4, 2005
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
truck reviews
Exclusive First Drive: 2006 Hummer H3
If the Hummer H2 is the baby Hummer (compared with the H1), what should the much smaller, midsize H3 be called?
Mark WilliamsMar 28, 2005
Truck Trend
Truck Trend Magazine
future trucks
First Look: Hummer H3T Concept
A peek at rugged refinement for the midsize SUV market
The ManufacturerDec 22, 2003
SEARCH BY MAKE/MODEL
e.g. Toyota
e.g. Tacoma
FIND IT NOW

Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truckin
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
SUBSCRIBE TO A MAGAZINE
TO TOP