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2009 HUMMER H2

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2009 HUMMER H2 Review

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It would seem the downturn in large SUV sales has claimed its first victim. With GM stock in a freefall, the manufacturer is looking to sell off the HUMMER line, freeing it to pursue more fuel-efficient models. For those who can afford the fuel, the flagship 2009 HUMMER H2 offers 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 far less fuel-thirsty, you'd be better served with the new Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid or GMC Yukon Hybrid.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love a bold vehicle that turns heads and makes a big statement, you'll love the 2009 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 2009

The H2's 6.2-liter V8 is now capable of running on E85. Newly available features include a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, second-row captain's-chair seating and a limited-edition Black Chrome package.

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 positions 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 the handling of a Sport Utility Vehicle, not 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 wheelspin 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.

Rear Backup Camera
The new rear backup camera option projects its image onto a small screen built into the rearview mirror. The previous system required the vehicle to be equipped with a pricey navigation unit.

2009 HUMMER H2 Details
2009 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 were greatly improved last year with a noticeable improvement in gap tolerances, texture and visual appeal. Despite the new storage area under the third-row seat, the H2's interior is still snug in the areas of rear-seat legroom and cargo space.

Exterior

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 2009 HUMMER 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, remote start, 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 and 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, heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, XM's NavTraffic real-time traffic advisor, tool kit, rear backup camera, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 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 is now FlexFuel compatible, meaning it can run on either gasoline or a mixture of ethanol and gasoline known as E85. 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 is 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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2009 HUMMER H2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 294 Ratings for the 2003 - 2010 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

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)."

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Best THING I have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

The beast in my driveway.

One of the best vehicles I ever owned-Victory Red!

By on Saturday, August 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Total Safe and Secure feeling while driving the H2"

Cons: "Tire choices are limited with factory rims.."

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

Looks Like it Just rolled off the showroom floor!

"Can't say enough for this Limited-Edition / Victory Red Hummer H2. Was a darn shame to see em go..........So to me, its a collectors item, from a time period when this vehicle was unique, reliable, and truly a exciting driving experience. One should be "excited" every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle they own..... And that's what the H2 is to me........Exciting to Drive! Not to understate just how "safe and confident" one feels within the H2's drivers compartment - Yet another reason why I own, and would recommend the H2. As they once said...."It should be an adventure to drive the H2".....and it is!"

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Looks Like it Just rolled off the showroom floor!

Amazing vehicle!

By on Friday, April 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "One of a kind, Great off road, comfy ride, etc."

Cons: "Gas mileage, 2 cup holders, and nasty looks."

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

"I have taken the Hummer off road many times, the roads are destroyed and tattered where I live and it performs excellently! Mudding gets worrisome due to the weight of the vehicle. As far as the car goes, it drives excellent and feels great on the road (Feel the weight of the car). It makes you feel like you are a child, and always puts a smile on my face when I see it. Had it since I was 16 (Now 19) and have had no problems with it, except for the air suspension which needed to be replaced. The car itself is excellent, and the interior seats are huge and cushiony. Some of the interior parts do seem cheap but is excellent for cleaning when there is mud all over. The cargo space isn't anything to cheer about, however passenger room is excellent and very comfy. The quality of the GM parts I have death with are excellent. Having original parts from a chevy chassis, allows for easy access to parts relatively inexpensive. Apart from that most components of the car are unique, and differ much from standard GM vehicles. The gas mileage is absolutely horrible, however what do you expect? If you are wealthy and can afford to use this as a daily driver go for it, but it is hard to park, doesn't fit in parking garages, attracts nasty looks from people, but it's all the charm. Ignore the stereotypes and look at a car for what you want and need, and ignore what people think. Awesome vehicle!"

15 people out of 22 found this review helpful

best vehicle i ever owned

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"other than gas mileage (although no worse than a standard pickup truck), this is the best vehicle i have ever owned. i have taken it across country several times with a full passenger load of my very large (6'6") nephews and even in the back row there was no cramping. i have had no problems mechanically and this is the 3rd h2 i have owned. it is a shame that GM stopped production"

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

One of the Best Vehicles on the road today!!!

By on Thursday, February 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Reliable, heavy duty, blast to drive"

Cons: "wish parking spaces were larger"

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

"As the saying goes "if I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand". You have to drive one of these to understand how great a vehicle it is. It will go just about anywhere. I have been on several Hummer outings with this and was just amazed. The Hummer is extremely comfortable to drive city or on road trips. I have gone to South Dakota twice in mine and loved the long haul in it. It has a great turning radius, pulls trailers great and everything is heavy duty on this SUV. I get about 12 mpg combined but my 2013 ecoboost F150 gets 13.5 mpg combined so there's not much difference. I bought this Hummer new and have purchased four trucks since but will have no intention of ever selling this SUV."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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