KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 10/5/2007
You'll Like This Car If...
Looking for the ultimate off-road machine but also need a vehicle that doubles as an everyday workhorse? You're in luck. Hummer's H2 SUT (Sport Utility Truck) combines the chassis and interior of the H2
SUV with an open bed and folding "Midgate" pass-through for increased cargo-holding ability. Although the full-size
Chevrolet Avalanche is a bit more practical and probably just as good off-road, the H2 SUT projects an image even the most customized of
pickups can't match. Plus, the H2 SUT's short front and rear overhangs make it a better choice for serious off-road enthusiasts. Now, if we could just convince Hummer to drop in a diesel engine.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you like the look of the H2
SUV, but need more room for items like dirt bikes, camping gear and other tall cargo that won't fit inside an enclosed SUV, the H2 SUT is the Hummer for you.
What's New for 2007
Despite its laudable versatility, the short cargo bed limits what you can carry. If hauling is your primary concern, a full-sized crew cab
pickup would be a far better choice.
An optional rear-vision camera is new for 2007, as is the Glacier Blue Limited Edition, which features body colored fenders, low-profile roof-mounted light bar, chrome accents, heated washer fluid and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Though the H2 SUT's high seating position delivers a commanding view ahead, the narrow side windows make it difficult to view smaller objects (like cars) that are close to the H2's sides. The feeling is not unlike being inside a Brinks armored car. Thankfully, the large side mirrors help you see objects and persons that reside below the windows' high sill line. On the open road, the H2 moves right along, seemingly oblivious to the laws of aerodynamics. The big Hummer is surprisingly stable, and the position of the wide 17-inch tires at the vehicle's outermost corners mean you get minimal body roll and pretty respectable handling. Again, this accolade must be taken in context - we are talking about the handling of a Sport Utility Truck, not a sports car.
This button can lower all four windows plus the rear Midgate window with a single press.
The short bed can be covered with an optional roof cap that helps keep your goods safe from sticky-fingered thieves.
The H2 SUT's interior is identical to that of the H2 SUV; that is, until you reach the rear bulkhead. The second-row split-bench seat is wide, but legroom is snug when the front seats are fully extended. Behind the rear seat is a folding Midgate design that allows the bed to be expanded into the passenger cabin while the rear seat collapses out of the way. A power rear window can be lowered to let in more air or to make room for longer items.
Notable Standard Equipment
Like the H2 Sport Utility Vehicle, the SUT projects a powerful image of capability, style and ruggedness. The doors are neatly flush with the rest of the body panels and their hinges are hidden from view. Like the H1, the hood features exposed latches, lift handles and fasteners. The short box and vertical rear window give the SUT an appearance similar to that of the military version of the Hummer, the HUMVEE.
Notable Optional Equipment
The H2 SUT includes, as standard equipment, full-time four-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, locking rear axle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), engine oil cooler, folding Midgate with power window, 32-gallon fuel tank, illuminated entry, power windows, power locks, automatic headlamps, dual-heated power mirrors with left-hand auto dimming mirror, Bose audio with CD and cassette, leather seats with dual eight-way power front seats, skid plates, cruise control, tilt wheel with touch controls and traction control.
Under the Hood
Options for the H2 SUT are numerous and include a brushed aluminum light bar, six-disc CD changer, spotlights, touch-screen navigation radio, cargo box roof, air suspension, tool kit, exterior front and rear guards and a number of off-road, luxury and appearance packages.
For off-road adventuring, including steep hill encounters and bouldering, the transfer case can be locked, creating a perfect 50/50 balance of power. A four-channel anti-lock brake set-up and traction control module helps limit wheel spin on slippery or unstable ground and can even send power to a single wheel when necessary. The H2 SUT's all-wheel-drive system works well, thanks to a dynamo of a V8 known as the Vortec 6000. With 325 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, there are very few obstacles in nature that the H2 cannot overcome.
325 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA
The H2 SUT has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $54,300, which quickly moves up as options are added. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will give you a good idea of the typical price being paid for the H2 SUT in your area, so be sure to arm yourself with this figure before you begin negotiations. The H2 SUT is projected to hold a slightly better-than-average resale value; higher than the
Chevrolet Avalanche, on par with the Dodge Ram Quad Cab and slightly below the Ford F150 Super Crew.