2009 Hummer H3 | new car review

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 by

The H3 is basically a smaller dose of the sometimes too big to swallow H2, that offers pretty much all of the fantastic front and big box styling, but at a smaller price, not only in the showroom, but at the petrol pumps, and, in theory, to the environment.

But, let’s be honest, there’s not that much in it, so skinflints and green crusaders need not apply to the H3 club. The H3 comes in a choice of two body styles. The smaller of the two H3s is the H3 SUV, which was the first H3 on the block. It can seat five passengers in its more compact package, and can be said to be the Hummer of choice for those that don’t want to wrestle with a really big Hummer beast day in and day out.

Then there is a the H3T, which, while based on the same chassis as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, is lengthened quite considerably to not only take the passengers of the H3 SUV, but also a fair amount of kit in that big flatbed area.

2009 Hummer H3However, this lengthened vehicle could be said to be a little ungainly in its looks, and with that extra length between the wheels, you will loose out on some useable ground-clearance.

In complete keeping with the powerful Hummer brand, the H3 range looks tough, aggressive and rugged, just like the even bigger H2s. The trademark chrome front grille is there, as is the entirely chunky bodywork, jacked-up suspension and big rims wrapped in big tyres.

The H3 is touted a real-deal off-roader, with plenty of four-wheel-drive systems and low-ratios as needed if you are to seriously consider smashing away your weekend in the dunes of the desert.



2009 Hummer H3The base price includes cloth-covered seating for five, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, a CD/radio stereo system, cruise control and all-purpose, all-terrain tyres on trademark 16-inch alloy wheels. Safety features include ABS brakes, traction control, frontal and side-impact airbags, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system that can come in very useful in the more puncture-prone environments.

Options can include leather seating, chrome alloy wheels, in-dash six-CD changer, navigation, and a power sunroof. And as with many Hummer owners, it will be the chrome extras that will surely be catching their eye – remember; it’s all about the bling bling.

2009 Hummer H3Whilst there isn’t the fun factor of the gutsy V8 under the hood of the H3, the five-cylinder, 3.7-litre, petrol motor makes some reasonable performance figures of 255bhp and 337Nm of torque. However, this is a massive vehicle with a relatively small engine, so don’t expect scorching performance – think more lukewarm and interesting.

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Price Range (AED) 135,000–163,000


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