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.