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2008 HUMMER H2

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2008 HUMMER H2 Review

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It would seem the downturn in large SUV sales, high gas prices and environmental activism hasn't done much to discourage die-hard HUMMER enthusiasts. With the termination of the H1 (the civilian version of the military vehicle), the 2008 HUMMER H2 is now the flagship of the HUMMER line, offering consumers a capable off-road mini-tank with enough visual appeal to satisfy the most egregious attention hound. Truth be told, the H2 is not terribly roomy, nor does it offer much in the way of cargo space, especially with the optional third-row seat in place. If you're looking for a big SUV that is comfortable, roomy and sophisticated, you'd be better served with the new Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love a bold vehicle that turns heads and makes a big statement, you'll love the 2008 HUMMER H2. Short front and rear overhangs come in handy when off-roading.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Its impressive off-road capabilities notwithstanding, the image-driven H2 demands varying degrees of compromise in areas like utility, efficiency and accessibility when compared with most similarly-sized SUVs.

What's New for 2008

The H2's major interior makeover touts a new dash, upgraded seating and an available split-folding full third-row seat. New standard features include rear air conditioning, electronic stability control, head curtain airbags and a new 6.2-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Driving the H2
Driving Impressions

On the open road, the powerful H2 moves right along, seemingly oblivious to the laws of aerodynamics. The big HUMMER is surprisingly stable and the position of the wide 17-inch...

... tires at the vehicle's outermost corners means you get minimal body roll and fairly respectable handling. This accolade, however, must be taken in context, since we are talking about Sport Utility Vehicle handling, not that of a sports car. For off-road adventuring, including steep hill encounters and boulder-climbing, the transfer case can be locked, creating a perfect 50/50 distribution of power. A four-channel anti-lock brake set-up and traction control module help limit wheel-spin on slippery or unstable ground, and can even route power to a single wheel when necessary.

Skid Plates
The H2's massive front and rear shields, or "skid plates," look as good as they function.

Stylish Dash
The new instrument panel design is far more functional and attractive than that of the original H2.

2008 HUMMER H2 Details
2008 HUMMER H2 photo Interior

The H2's interior clearly was never meant to see the battlefield. Inside, the H2 has a usable interior with a handsome new dash, contoured bucket seats and redesigned door panels. Interior plastics are greatly improved this year with a noticeable improvement in gap tolerances. Despite its large size, the interior of the H2 is snug in the areas of rear-seat legroom and cargo space. A new optional split-folding third-row seat replaces last year's single-seat option.

Exterior
2008 HUMMER H2 photo

The H2 borrows the basic look and feel of the original H1, but pulls it off with a lot more polish. The doors are neatly flush with the rest of the body panels and their hinges are hidden from view. Not all of the H2 parts have been sent to civility school -- the hood features exposed latches, lift handles and fasteners, just like the H1. The H2 foregoes the turbocharged diesel engine in favor of a more traditional gasoline V8, but retains the H1's high ground clearance, huge wheels and tires and short front and rear overhangs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The H2 comes well equipped with a 393-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, full-time four-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, locking rear axle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), engine oil cooler, rear defroster, 33-gallon fuel tank, illuminated entry, power windows, power locks, automatic headlamps, dual heated power mirrors, auto-dimming mirror, head-curtain airbags, rear air conditioning, XM Satellite Radio, dual eight-way power seats, heated front and second-row seats, skid plates, cruise control, tilt wheel with touch controls, traction control, stability control and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options for the H2 are numerous and include a brushed-aluminum light bar, spot lights, leather seats, touch-screen navigation, Bose Surround Sound audio, power moonroof, air suspension, split-folding third-row seat, tool kit, rear backup camera, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, remote start, exterior front and rear guards and a number of off-road, luxury and appearance packages.

Under the Hood

The H2's new 6.2-liter V8 engine delivers a 20-percent increase in horsepower over the old 6.0-liter unit. Teamed to a new six-speed automatic, the H2 offers improvements in noise, vibration and harshness as well as fuel economy. Though plenty powerful, if the H2 were fitted with the Chevrolet Tahoe's Active Fuel Management system it might deliver better fuel economy. Towing capacity increases to 8,200 pounds.

6.2-liter V8
393 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
415 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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