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2009 HUMMER H3T

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2009 HUMMER H3T 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 H3T

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 H3T Details
2009 HUMMER H3T 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 H3T Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 445 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

Great Truck. Low maintenance. Runs very well.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "OWESOME VEHICLE!!!"

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

"I had this car since 2010. Besides regular maintenance i.e. oil change;, I replaced tires and radiator within the last 12 months. A/C compressor cable replaced. Nothing more. Total cost was less than 2500.00. No engine problem whatsoever. NO LEAKS!!!"

Great truck. It is a nice running beautiful truck

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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

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

"AM/FM 6 disc in dash CD changer, 7 speaker monsoon system. Heated seats, lumbar support. Tan leather seats. Black color. Outside mirror power adjustable/manual folding mirrors. Runs great. never been off road. Chrome package."

So happy with the H3

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

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: "Fun, Stylish, Capable, Like nothing else."

Cons: "Could be more fuel efficient if it had 2 wheel dr."

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

"I own a 2008 H3. I have owned sports cars all my life and was looking for something with some room and off road capability. I was going to purchase a Jeep, but after finding the H3 did everything just as well if not better, I gave it a try. The H2 was far too large, and the style of the H3 seemed to complement the natural HUMMER look well. It's easy to fit in a parking space and drives like a car in town. Its fairly fuel efficient. The real glory is off the pavement though. I've taken many trips off road with the H3, traveling over fallen trees, through water, dense brush, and other obstacles that I wouldnt even attempt in other vehicles. The all time 4x4 keeps you in control. It balances its weight well. The H3 looks great, features luxury interior, and plenty of space for 4 adults to use on a weekend adventure. It sits high enough off the ground that I dont need to jack it up to change the fluids. Really pleased with the H3. I always wanted a Hummer, and now that they don't make them anymore I'm pleased to know I have one in the garage (yes it fits in a garage just fine)."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Absolutely best vehicle I have owned

By on Thursday, June 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, handling gas mileage (17 mpg) city/highway)"

Cons: "None"

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

"When looking for a vehicle, found this one and it just jumped out at me and said, buy me! It stands out in a crowd, to me it has a great smooth drive and handling. Does not feel like a 4 wheel drive. The high driving, small turning ratio, looks from other people, all make this a joy to drive. The sound system is better than "the beat" in my wife's 2013 Chrysler 300S even though really like her car too."

LOVE THIS VEHICLE

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Love Love my H3Alpha Originally purchased to tow a motorcycle trailer-it is my everyday car with 90K miles. First changed tires at 60k miles-dependable vehicle that is fun to drive-gives me the height to see ahead yet small enough to get into parking spaces. Great turning radius!! My only complaint is the rear seats are not that easy to get out of--I guess maybe cuz of small door opening??? Whatever-I rarely have passengers in the back-just my dog who is quite comfortable with all that space"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

OUTSTANDING Vehicle

By on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "13 MPG"

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

"My H3 has NEVER let me down! I have driven across the country and back in my H3 and the ride is smooth and I love sitting up high. I drove 79,000 miles before I had to change my tires. I've driven through some of the most challenging terrains and it has never let me down. The price of gas is the reason I'm considering trading her in."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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