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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 461 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 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."

1 person out of 1 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."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

The Best SUV Ever

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,066

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: "Roomy inside, manageable size outside, good MPG"

Cons: "Tires are expensive"

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

"The Hummer H3 is an ideal vehicle for my needs. Hunting and fishing are made easier with the Hummer's off-road features. Plus, with the Yakima skybox on the roof rack, three guys can go on a four-day fishing trip with all equipment stowed away sufficient to have the passenger compartment totally uncluttered, providing lots of space to make those several hour trips even more comfortable. I average 20 miles to the gallon, which beats most if not all other larger SUVs. It's a great commuting car as well, providing lots of on-road comfort... I'm 6'1" and almost can't reach the pedals with the driver's seat on the next to last click. The steering wheel is made for a large person, the shifter is huge, lots of headroom, lots of elbow room. Looking at the Hummer I was concerned about the rear window visibility. No problem, with large side view mirrors to help, backing up even in tight spaces is no stress. It's fun telling people you drive a Hummer, people seem to like it and make positive comments all the time. I'd have to say, all-in-all, I love this Hummer more than any vehicle I've ever owned."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Highly Impressed

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Definite Head Turner, go anywhere anytime"

Cons: "high mileage"

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

"This H3 has been by far "THE" most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. It was not a vehicle that I went searching for but I have been completely satisfied and impressed with the performance. It is getting a few miles on it but the vehicle still runs like a TOP"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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