A new model, the H3 Alpha, joins the Hummer line and features a 300-horsepower V8 engine. Head-curtain side airbags become standard on all models, as does StabiliTrak stability control and traction control.
If you're attracted to the HUMMER's looks and capabilities, but don't want the stigma or expense of thirsty fuel consumption, the 2009 HUMMER H3 and H3T might be your candidates. The vehicles are H2 look-alikes built from the same sensible foundation that's shared with the Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The H3 is reasonably sized, rather roomy inside and quite good off-road. The addition of a more powerful V8 in the H3 Alpha should effectively silence critics of the original five-cylinder model, although fuel economy does suffer with the extra displacement, horsepower and torque.
"I think I was thrown into the hummer craze w/o careful consideration to my purchase but the vehicle excels off road and driving in tight scenarios. With over 80k in miles I have flogged my 3 thru heavy mud, deep snow, high speed desert, and rocky washes without a hiccup of any mechanical issues. Do not plan to haul much of any gear or tow; the power is inadequate and at that expense mileage suffers heavily due to the engine constantly spinning above 3500rpm. The wind noise is awful and head winds are rightfully scary with no acceleration left at highway speeds. I am 5'10" and after the 2nd hour of driving i get very uncomfortable. GM has corrected the power issue but the baseline engine selection should have been the legendary 4.3l 6cylinder which has much better torque at lower rpms with this vehicles weight. With proper gearing and more investment into a 5spd auto this setup would achieve much better real world mileage aside to my current 13-17 mpg. I suggest this vehicle only if you reside in a climate similar to tahoe or vail don't have a large family and have a short distance to work and play."
Pros: "great pleasure to drive. not intimidated by others"
Cons: "gas guzzler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Superb handling, both on and generally off road. Only one real drawback: gas guzzler... LOL (but I already knew that)
Built like a tank, drives like a Lincoln. Not only do I feel safe in it, but, I KNOW that I AM SAFE!"
"I own a 2007 Hummer H3 with 48k miles and I DO NOT RECOMEND BUYING THIS MODEL because there is a design flaw with the transmission cooler that is located inside of the radiator. GM is aware of this, but never issued a recall. Many Hummer H3's have been affected by it. When it goes bad, trans fluid & eng. coolant mix, your hummer will overheat and your automatic transmission will fail. If you are lucky and its under warranty, GM will repair it like they did mine. They installed a new radiator, trans cooler, supposedly repaired my trans and did a poor job at flushing the fluids. But it does not drive the same since this repair, and the transmission now shifts hard from 1st to 2nd, I have taken it back more than twice and they say there is nothing wrong with it (I suspect they are just stalling so that my warranty runs out). They flushed my engine several times, but I still see traces of fluid contamination. (GM should have installed a new engine & new transmission, instead of just repairing the original transmission. There is also an issue with the heads going bad in the 5 cyl engine and the intakes & fuel injectors tend to foul up as well. Rear visability is awfull, forget about being able back up a small trailer or jetski without adding a costly back up camera. I always wanted a Hummer, even though it looks great, performs well off-road, and has good acceleration, I wish I would have never got rid of my '06 Dodge Durango 4X4 (which never gave me any problems that the dealer didn't promptly resolve) for the H3. .GM DOESN'T STAND BEHIND THEIR VEHICLES (I should have learned my lesson from the brand new saturn I bought back in '02 which turned out to be a lemon), GM can forget about me purchasing a new Chevy Volt that I had planned and I will not buy a GM product ever again. GM if you are reading this, here is the vehicle id number: 5GTDN13E178188581"