The 2006 Hummer H3 is an all-new midsize SUV built on the Colorado pickup platform.
to the bad-boy H1 and H2, the 2006 Hummer H3 is downright approachable.
It's a midsize SUV built on the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon pickup
platform. Not only can you tackle two-track off-road trails in the H3
without wondering if you'll fit around the next bend, you also don't
have to worry so much about flattening mailboxes while backing out of
The Hummer H3 shares only 10 to 15 percent of
its components with the Colorado, among these its 220-hp, 3.5-liter,
inline five-cylinder engine. Although noticeably smoother in this
application, the engine is lugging around 700 extra pounds. Acceleration
is fine around town, but highway passing maneuvers take planning. Throw
in some elevation increases, and the H3 feels underpowered. This puts
the new Hummer SUV at an immediate disadvantage alongside faster,
mainstream SUVs like the Grand Cherokee and 4Runner that offer optional
However, the Hummer H3 redeems itself in other areas. It
comes standard with a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a 2.64
reduction gear in 4 Lo. Pretty typical for a production SUV. However,
there's an optional 4.03 transfer case that provides gearing so low you
can creep down rocky slopes without using the brakes. As on Jeep's
Wrangler Rubicon, the 4-to-1 transfer case is aimed at hard-core
off-roaders who would ordinarily have to go to the aftermarket to get
one. The H3 further bolsters its go-anywhere image with 9.1 inches of
ground clearance, standard skid plates and optional 33-inch off-road
We doubt many Grand Cherokee owners will give up Hemi power
for an H3 with an inline five. But the otherwise well-rounded H3 is
proof that Hummer SUVs clean up real good. If you're looking for a tough
off-roader that seats five comfortably, the midsize 2006 Hummer H3 is
worth a test-drive.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
midsize, five-passenger Hummer H3 is offered in a single
four-wheel-drive model with a handful of option packages. Standard
equipment includes 32-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, skid plates,
dual-zone air conditioning, a six-speaker CD stereo, cruise control and
power windows, mirrors and locks. Adding the Off-Road Suspension Package
gets you a shorter-geared transfer case for better hill climbing and
descending, a locking rear differential, 33-inch off-road tires and
firmer suspension tuning. The Luxury Package adds leather upholstery,
power-adjustable and heated front seats, and an MP3-compatible Monsoon
stereo. Other extras include an in-dash CD changer, satellite radio, a
tow hitch and a chrome appearance package.
Powertrains and Performance
only engine available on the Hummer H3 is a 3.5-liter inline five. It
makes 220 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque and routes its power to all
four wheels through a standard five-speed manual transmission or
optional four-speed automatic. As the H3 weighs almost 2.5 tons,
acceleration can often seem sluggish. In our test of an
automatic-equipped H3, it took 11.0 seconds to reach 60 mph. Towing
capacity is rated at 4,500 pounds and EPA fuel economy estimates for the
automatic are set at 16 city, 19 highway.
antilock disc brakes, traction control and the OnStar communications
system are standard. Full-length side curtain airbags are optional, and
stability control is standard on H3s equipped with the automatic
transmission. The H3 has not yet been crash tested.
Interior Design and Special Features
the Hummer H3 has one of the cleanest layouts we've ever seen in a GM
vehicle. There's even a little style, thanks to a two-tone decor,
contrasting piping on the optional leather seats and slick metallic
trim. Materials quality is well above the low-rent trim in the Colorado,
and the standard cloth upholstery looks good and feels like it could
take a beating. The seats are supportive, but don't expect a commanding
view of the road unless you're tall due to the high cowl and short glass
area. In back, there's enough leg- and foot room for the average-size
adult to get comfortable. Cargo capacity is below average for this
class, but a side-hinged cargo door provides easy access to the
29.5-cubic-foot bay (55.7 with the seats folded).
is fine around town, but highway passing maneuvers take planning,
especially with the automatic. Throw in some elevation increases, and
this Hummer SUV feels underpowered. The ride is smooth and comfortable,
however, and the H3 feels stable when going around turns. The steering
is reassuringly firm at highway speeds without being annoying in the
parking lot. Off the pavement, the smallest Hummer is basically
unstoppable. With 9.1 inches of ground clearance, loads of wheel travel,
aggressive approach and departure angles, oversized all-terrain tires
and standard skid plates, the 2006 Hummer H3 can pretty much go wherever
you want without taking damage. Class-leading off-road capability
wouldn't be worth much if the H3 was a sloppy handler on pavement. And
while there's no hiding its 4,700-pound curb weight in the corners, it
feels surprisingly stable, with predictable body roll and a
well-controlled back end.
2011 MEV Hummer HX - Click above to watch the video after the jump The 2008 Hummer HX concept was supposed to be General Motors' answer to the Jeep Wrangler. To put it mildly, that failed to materialize. General Motors killed Hummer as part of its bankruptcy-induced limb severing in 2009, before the HX could be brought to fruition as the H4, as had been rumored. For those of you who wish the HX had indeed surfaced, we have some excellent news: My Electric Vehicle, or MEV, has appropriated the HX concept, added an electric drivetrain and created the MEV Hummer HX. The MEV HX is a fully electric golf cart resort vehicle, licensed by GM and sporting Hummer wheels and skid plates.
Horse-drawn Hummer H2 - Click above to view the video after the jump When the internal combustion engine finally helped the automobile pass the horse-drawn carriage as the chosen method of transportation for a majority of citizens in the United States, that a step in the right direction. Right? Moving forward about a hundred years... when the behemoth Sport Utility Vehicle that never actually seems to venture off the beaten path passed the minivan in the hearts and minds of families across the country as the people-mover of choice, was that a step in the right direction? If you answered no to either of the above questions, perhaps you'll enjoy the video pasted after the break. Created by artist Jeremy Dean (read about our initial post on the project here), the converted Hummer H2 is called Futurama and is pulled by two white horses named, appropriately enough, Duke and Diesel. Hummers are for horses? See for yourself.
It's getting tough for even the most ardent supporters of the Hummer brand to continue to keep hope alive. Reports the aficionados at HummerGuy.net: "While many of us were hoping for a last-minute miracle to save the Hummer brand, signs from Detroit are indicating that Hummer production will soon cease indefinitely." It appears as if General Motors has resigned itself to winding the brand down and letting it die a slow, agonizing death. The automaker says that it's no longer considering offers for the brand and dedicated Hummer staff are reportedly be assigned to serve elsewhere. Oh, and about that "Save Hummer" summit that's planned for April 11th near Chicago? GM, though it is aware of the rally, has no plans to send representation. That sound that you hear? That's just the tolling of Hummer's death knell. Thanks for the tip, Brian!