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2007 HUMMER H3

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2007 HUMMER H3 Review

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Desperately desire to own a Hummer, but the aging hippy inside says "No way, man!?" Well, lucky for you there's a way to enjoy the well-known Hummer appearance and off-road ability without needing to purchase a vehicle that looks like it's capable of carrying a small platoon or needs a gun mount on the roof. It's the H3, an H2 look-alike built from the sensible foundation that spawned the Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The H3 is reasonably sized, rather roomy inside and quite good off-road. The addition of a more powerful in-line five-cylinder engine this year should silence critics of the slow-moving 2006 model. Best of all, despite the added ponies, the H3 suffers no measurable loss in fuel economy.

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Without losing appreciable off-road capability, the H3 produces a far more civilized experience than bigger Hummers, especially when compared to the original H1. If you seldom venture off-road (which is true of almost all SUV owners), the gentlemanly ride and tamer responses are sure to satisfy rather than annoy highway riders.

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Fervent off-roaders, who savor the brutishness of the traditional Hummer, could be put off by the H3's more refined nature. But if smoothness is a top selling point, note that automatic-transmission operation can turn rough when trying to accelerate at low speeds and lethargic when passing or merging.

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The H3 receives a new, more powerful five-cylinder engine, bumping horsepower to 242. For 2007, StabiliTrak stability control is now standard on all models regardless of transmission.

Driving the H3

Driving Impressions With a suspension that's surprisingly springy and reacts quickly to bumps, the H3 delivers an impressively easygoing ride. Cruising with the optional XM radio playing, you can even forget you're...

inside a Hummer. This Hummer also handles more adeptly than its bigger brothers. Still, pavement irregularities can threaten to send the tires instantly off-course. Acceleration with the automatic isn't bad from a standstill, and the new 3.7-liter engine provides a marked improvement in passing power. Unfortunately, low-speed downshifts can produce a confused, nasty jolt, and passing and merging yields more blare than action. Quiet on the highway, the H3 emits only a little driveline drone at low speeds.

External Spare Tire
Not only does the gate-mounted spare look tough, it releases substantial space behind the back seat for additional cargo. The gate swings out easily, too, revealing a sizable luggage area.

Dead-Square, Upright Profile
An H3 might be smaller and gentler, but it still doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: A capable, traditional Sport Utility Vehicle that looks the part of a serious off-road machine.

2007 HUMMER H3 Details
2007 HUMMER H3 photo Interior

Five passengers enjoy reasonably abundant space, though getting there requires a substantial upward climb. Side steps may help less-agile riders with that chore. Optional leather upholstery adds a dash of richness to the Hummer experience. Bright-accented instruments are small but easy enough to read. Side bolstering and support are modest, but the front seats are comfortable. Despite a slight knees-up position and so-so headroom, outboard rear-seat occupants should be satisfied. The center spot is simply awful, though—high and hard with scant head space. Visibility isn't as impaired as the squat windows might suggest, and is helped by no-nonsense rectangular mirrors.

Exterior
2007 HUMMER H3 photo

Dimensions are more moderate than its brothers in arms, but the H3 exhibits the unabashedly boxy profile that Hummer fans praise and critics love to denounce. Built on a 111.9-inch wheelbase, with a wide track and short overhangs, the H3 rolls on huge tires and looks taller than its actual height. Like its larger mates, the H3 promises impressive rock-climbing prowess, with the ability to clamber into and out of deep holes. Round headlamps set within square openings flank the H3's "signature" seven-slot louvered grille. Towing capacity is 4,500 pounds, and ground clearance is 9.1 inches. A full-size spare is rear-mounted on the swing-out tailgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GM's OnStar communications system is standard, along with cruise control, remote keyless entry, traction control, a heavy-duty trailering/suspension package, 16-inch wheels, and cloth upholstery. Either 32-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires or Bridgestone 33-inch off-road rubber may be installed.

Optional Equipment

Popular H3 options include the Adventure Option Package, which features a limited-slip rear differential, off-road suspension and LT285/75R16 on/off-road tires. Stand-alone options include XM Satellite Radio, power moonroof, Monsoon stereo, chrome wheels and leather upholstery. Heated leather seats, a rear locking differential, DVD navigation and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags are also optionally available. Dealers can install a wraparound brush guard and side steps in a choice of three styles.

Under the Hood

The new 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine provides a much-needed boost in low-end torque, albeit at a higher rpm than before. Unlike the old 3.5-liter engine, this powerplant is well suited to the needs of most H3 owners, providing improved towing ability, better acceleration and power to pass without dramatically increasing fuel consumption. Get the five-speed manual and the H3 can be quite spirited.

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (manual), 15/19 (automatic)

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2007 HUMMER H3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 465 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love my H3!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive,great for road trips,lots of comments"

Cons: "No real cons. Really-I love it!"

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

"If GMC still made Hummers, I would buy one. My H3 has been a reliable vehicle, though I have never taken it off-roading. It is much easier to drive than I initially thought it might be. It is a great vehicle for road trips and a good vehicle as a "grocery getter," "Home Depot car," & a "soccer mom" type vehicle.I purchased mine new in '06 and have had a lot of fun with it. It is distinctive compared to other SUV's though maybe not as refined, which is fine with me. Love the sunroof, and the paint job has stood the test of time, still looks new."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A lot of beautiful car, fun and comfortable, excel

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

Fun car

"Beautiful, black with a lot of extra chrome, leather interior. Satellite radio, extremely comfortable, great condition"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Fun car

Best four wheel/AWD I have owned

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome driving in the snow. Very comfortable."

Cons: "Viewing out rear window is limited."

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

"Plain and simple, this is a tank in the winter. This was my main reason for purchasing it. I drive over 40 miles one way to work and in the time I have owned it, have never had a problem making it through what Mother Nature throws down. Gas mileage (14mpg) is only slightly worse than the Ram (17mpg) I owned before the H3. If they started making them again, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a brand new one."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

LOVE my H3 even more than my Mercedes!

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great turning radius! WAY better mpg than H1 or H2"

Cons: "Perceived "gas guzzler" stigma."

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

"This vehicle has been GREAT! OMG... can we talk about the turning radius?! The H3 can turn on a dime. It's more maneuverable than any other vehicle I've ever driven. It's a little wider than my Mercedes wagon, but I can park it in just about any parking space. The nearly 10" of vertical clearance makes any off-road adventure a breeze. This car LOVES the snow! It's been a VERY reliable car. I only have a couple complaints: 1) visibility out the rear. I'd suggest investing in a back-up camera. 2) Rear seats don't lay flat when folded down. This makes rear storage slightly restricted. 3) The stigma. I wish that people would do their homework before judging! My 5 cyl H3 gets better mileage than nearly ANY of the SUV's in the school parking lot. I added a K&N filter and I get approximately 21mpg highway and 17mpg city."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love this truck

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very useful and yet still comfortable!"

Cons: "Tires can be a bit pricey"

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

"This is a GREAT vehicle!!! It can go just about anywhere and in any condition, yet it is still comfortable with a lot of little extras to the interior to add to the luxury. I have no idea why they stopped making these!!! I have every intention to hold on to this truck as long as possible."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle, but I'm getting too old.

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,287

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Goes anywhere and is fun to drive"

Cons: "Only gets 15 to 17 MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had a full cargo rack with side ladders designed for my hummer. It has electric running boards for easy entry to the car. These fold up flush to the under Carrige and act as skids. Both rack and running boards are steel. Also have heavy duty snow chains but have never had to use them."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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