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2009 HUMMER H3

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2009 HUMMER H3 Review

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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.

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Without losing appreciable off-road capability, the 2009 HUMMER 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 gentler ride and tamer responses are sure to satisfy rather than annoy the H3's occupants.

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Fervent off-roaders, who savor the rugged appeal 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, on five-cylinder models, automatic-transmission operation lacks some smoothness when trying to accelerate at low speeds and can be lethargic when passing or merging.

What's New for 2009

A pickup truck-like version of the H3, called the H3T, joins the line-up. New standard features include Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and Hill Start Assist.

Driving the H3

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

a HUMMER. This smaller model also handles more adeptly than its bigger brothers. Still, pavement irregularities will not go unnoticed. Acceleration with the automatic isn't bad from a standstill, and the 3.7-liter engine provides a marked improvement in passing power over the original 3.5-liter version. Unfortunately, low-speed downshifts can produce a harsh jolt, and passing and merging can seem to yield a lot of noise for the action. Quiet on the highway, the H3 emits only a little driveline drone at low speeds.

External Spare Tire
The external spare tire looks rugged and the gate upon which it's mounted swings out easily, revealing a sizable area for cargo or luggage.

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.

2009 HUMMER H3 Details
2009 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 rear center spot is simply awful, though – high, hard and with minimal headroom. Visibility isn't as impaired as the squat windows might suggest, and is helped by no-nonsense rectangular mirrors.

Exterior

Dimensions are more moderate than its brothers in arms, but the 2009 HUMMER 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 (6,000 with the V8) and ground clearance is 9.1 inches. The H3T features a five-foot bed with removable tailgate and a cargo management accessory system.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GM's OnStar 8.0 communications system is standard, along with cruise control, remote keyless entry, head-curtain side airbags, StabiliTrak stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control, OnStar Safety and Security package, three months free XM Satellite Radio, a heavy-duty trailering and suspension package, Bluetooth, 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 Off-Road Suspension Package, which features a fully-locking rear differential, off-road suspension with LT285/75R16 on- and off-road tires and the H3X package. Stand-alone options include XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic real-time traffic assist, power sunroof, Monsoon stereo, chrome wheels and leather upholstery. Heated leather seats and DVD navigation are also optionally available, as is a new rear backup camera that operates independently of the navigation system. Dealers can install a wrap-around brush guard and side steps in a choice of three styles.

Under the Hood

The 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine provides good power and low-end torque and should be well-suited to the needs of most H3 owners, providing strong acceleration with plenty in reserve to pass, respectable fuel consumption and a 4,500-pound towing capacity. With the five-speed manual the H3 can be quite spirited. Those not worried about fuel costs may want the added horsepower and towing capability provided by the 5.3-liter V8.

3.7-liter in-line 5
239 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (manual), 14/18 (automatic)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/16

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2009 HUMMER H3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 457 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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

Close to best vehicle ever

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Gas mileage is on low side"

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

"Handles very well. Inside amenities are very good. Added a few amenities on outside for protection from elements. Has a raised clearance."

Love it!!!!!

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very good off road, more comfort than a Jeep!"

Cons: "not a darn thing."

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

"I've beat the heck out of my '06 H3 over the years, had it since July 2005...some repairs of drivetrain issues, but all covered under GM warranty & only happened because I actually used it off road! It's been driven thru Moab, UT trails, across the whole country & back, up & over the mountain trails of PA, mudholes in Michigan, back country trips everywhere, easily handles 1.5 ft of snow, cant say enough about it's off road capabilities."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This is a fun vehicle!

By on Monday, April 06, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "No problems, basic maintenance, FUN!"

Cons: "No cons. It has been a great vehicle."

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

"If Hummers were still made, I would purchase another one. After driving sports cars exclusively, I originally thought the H3 would be too big, too difficult to park, too tough to handle. Not the case! I LOVE this vehicle. It is a great car for trips-a lot of cargo space and very comfortable. I do not go off-roading with it, mostly city driving except for trips. I look it as a variation of a SUV. There is definitely a fun factor with the H3."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car ever...get one!

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, safety, fun to drive"

Cons: "Gas mileage, little power, no 6-speed auto"

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

"Love this car, super fun to drive. You get some looks (good and bad) you learn to ignore. I will be so sad when I have to sell it. GM, Bring Back my Hummer!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Hummer H3

By on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Love this car, loaded, heated leather seats, sunroof, remote start, nice stereo, very clean interior and exterior. Spare has never been used. Good tread on tires, as On Star if you want it, towing package, just been aligned and oil changed every 3,000 miles. Rides smooth and great. Black inside and out."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, quality vehicle"

Cons: "Small windows"

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

"I will keep my H3 forever. This is by far the most fun I have had driving and I have had the vehicle for over 5 years. I usually get bored, but not with this. I take great care of it because I plan to never sell it!"

22 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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