Kelley Blue Book ® - 2009 HUMMER H3 Overview

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KBB.com 2009 HUMMER H3 Overview

Overview:

EDITORS' NOTES
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.

YOU'LL LIKE THIS CAR IF...
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.

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS CAR IF...
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 SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THIS CAR
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 It:

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.

OUR FAVORITE FEATURES
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.

Vehicle Details:

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 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.

NOTABLE OPTIONS
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

Pricing Notes:

PRICING NOTES
The 2009 HUMMER H3's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from just over $34,500 for the base H3 to a high of $47,000 for a loaded H3X. The V8-powered Alpha starts around $41,000 and can push past $51,000 fully loaded. Like other Hummers, the H3 has a personality of its own. Nevertheless, it competes against the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, BMW X3 and Nissan Xterra. Before you start comparison shopping, be sure to check the New Car Blue Book Value, which shows the typical transaction price the H3 fetches in your neck of the woods. As with its big brothers, the H3 is expected to retain an average portion of its original value, beating out most of its domestic rivals, but still just shy of the values held by Toyota, Honda and Nissan SUVs.

Overview:

EDITORS' NOTES
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.

YOU'LL LIKE THIS CAR IF...
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.

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS CAR IF...
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 SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THIS CAR
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 It:

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.

OUR FAVORITE FEATURES
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.

Vehicle Details:

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 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.

NOTABLE OPTIONS
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

Pricing Notes:

PRICING NOTES
The 2009 HUMMER H3's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from just over $34,500 for the base H3 to a high of $47,000 for a loaded H3X. The V8-powered Alpha starts around $41,000 and can push past $51,000 fully loaded. Like other Hummers, the H3 has a personality of its own. Nevertheless, it competes against the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, BMW X3 and Nissan Xterra. Before you start comparison shopping, be sure to check the New Car Blue Book Value, which shows the typical transaction price the H3 fetches in your neck of the woods. As with its big brothers, the H3 is expected to retain an average portion of its original value, beating out most of its domestic rivals, but still just shy of the values held by Toyota, Honda and Nissan SUVs.

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