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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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2008 HUMMER H2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 298 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

The best of the Best when it comes to reliability

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,844

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This vehicle is large, Excellent on highway!"

Cons: "Small cars are dangerous drive a tank!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my H2 for 11 years and i have almost 21,000 miles. i have -0- rust and never drive it in the snow. When it comes to the best H2 your TOP. H2 lover always!!'' Linda"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I ever owned

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything but gas mileage"

Cons: "mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Heart broken I finally have to part with my H2 after 185K miles but all great things must come to an end. Drove it every week from SF Bay Area to Tahoe for 5+years. By far the most comfortable drive, much better than my BMW 745. Loved the handling, security and ride."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

best riding vehicle I own today, so smooth,

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "gas milage, needs to be a weekend or just for fun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2003 H2 has just 50,000 miles on it and has NO rust and looks great and rides great. People still give you a second look when driving one of these and every year i see less and less on the road making it even more fun to drive. I like vehicles that not everyone has and something different. Wish they still made these and also wish they would have come out with a diesel engine in the USA for the H2 back in the day."

23 people out of 27 found this review helpful

awsome vehicle

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,016

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Rearended by an 18 wheeler going 70 mph my hummer saved my life .any other vehicle I would been seriously injured or killed , only vehicle I will ever own."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle, Fun to Drive, Gets attention

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Clean, Great condition, needs nothing, runs and drives great, reliable, always kept under a carport. Serviced regularly, no leaks, aftermarket wheels and tires(original wheels and tires available if needed)."

42 people out of 70 found this review helpful

Best THING I have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,900

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Look military cool, and in control of everything!"

Cons: "Bulky, can't fit it in most garages."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

The beast in my driveway.

"Why? It does what it is supposed to do! Powerful, reliable, comfortable, cool looking, aggressive styling, not afraid of bad weather.Perfect apocalypse SUT, Zombies don't have a chance with this machine! The Chevy 6.0 motor can tow your house, no swamps can contain it, no hill to slippery or big! Caution: this is not an everyday vehicle. Everyone I know that has one (like me) have another small civilian toy to putt around in. Sure you can take it to the movies, restaurants(where the valet will always park it on the grass in front of the place to draw customers)clubs, weddings, rallies, crowd controls. ONE QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE GAS: It's not that the H2 is bad on gas, it's that YOU don't know HOW to drive an 8 cylinder and WE do! I like to tell people that ask me about the gas mileage, "It's my best vehicle on gas-I never drive it, LOL! They always laugh too-besides Arnold drove one-nuff said."

26 people out of 39 found this review helpful

The beast in my driveway.

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