2006 Hummer H3 – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Hummer H3

2006 Hummer H3

To acquire a on the street, first get off it.

Hummer is a novelty brand. The mammoth H2 is the to buy if your neighbor heads up the Sierra Club chapter and you like him at all. It sells on its affectations than its abilities, but sales drooping, the novelty of affectations is fading. The challenge for GM is for to earn some street for genuine ability before the next, smaller SUV-and expected to be the line’s bestseller-so it can Jeep head on.

And the way to do that is to get as far from the street as possible.

So brought five prototypes of the Hummer H3 to northeast California’s beautiful Rubicon Trail-Jeep’s proving ground, namesake of the Rubicon-and invited four writers along on a two-day trek up the legendary granite-and-dust Both camping and seeing GM without their shirts on among the program’s unique

The five H3s were culled a group of 78 integration vehicles with production intent and used for final tuning and testing (half of the 78 were in barrier crashes). They’re close to the production H3s that be in Hummer dealers’ Quonset next summer wearing a price of about $30,000, though the interiors lacked trim and graining on the plastic and the wore dorky camouflage.

The gray H3s varied slightly in and equipment, but all ran GM’s 4L60-E automatic transmission. The sole H3 had a five-speed manual transmission.

Derived from the Chevrolet and GMC Canyon pickups, the H3 shares trucks’ body-on-frame construction; and torsion-bar front and leaf-spring suspension systems; and 220-hp, DOHC 20-valve all-aluminum five-cylinder Vortec engine only engine offered).

At inches long, the H3 is 4.9 inches than a GMC Envoy; its 111.9-inch is only 1.1 inches shorter that mid-size SUV’s. with the H2, the H3 is 16.8 inches lengthy overall and rides on a that is 10.9 inches The slab-sided H3 may superficially resemble the old 1984-to-2001 Jeep Cherokee, but 19.2 inches longer. And GM is still paring down the heft, it weighs well two tons.

This is a smaller Hummer, but not small.

The H3’s most components on the Rubicon were LT285/75R-16 Bridgestone Dueler A/T part of the ZM6 Off-Road Adventure carried by all five vehicles H3s will get 31-inch-tall P265/75R-16 the electronically controlled dual-range case; and the electronically engaged rear differential. As was incessantly clear to the engineers on hand, a front diff would be a boon for rock crawlers, but have to learn to work the traction-control system instead.

The Trail is only about 11 or 12 long (depending on who’s and route variations), starting in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and to the western shore of Lake It’s thoroughly rugged, and the of it that don’t require over granite boulders include crossing granite It’s literally the standard which other off-road are measured.

Hummer H3

Starting at Wentworth Springs tires running 20 pounds of we immediately put the H3s in low range to begin the crawl and stayed there the trip. With speeds exceeding 5 mph, the H3s truly are and nimble climbers.

There’s a lot of in the suspension, the approach angles are the steering is precise but doesn’t much when pounding rocks, the five-cylinder engine’s is progressive just off idle, and the and traction-control systems work together under most The structure of the H3 is impressively stiff, is particularly evident as the truck off rocks to slam down on the skid plates with thunks and few shudders.

Even in its incomplete and unfinished the H3’s five-passenger interior is a big forward from that of the H2 in it’s cleanly styled, straightforward controls, and lacks the frippery and overwhelming self-consciousness. The window line and long limit visibility a bit, but on the all that really matters is you can see your spotter’s hands.

For Hummer buyers, off-road means something like trudging out of the muddy parking lot at a show; that the H3 can conquer the is impressive, reassuring, and ego swelling but academic. There’s nothing on the that simulates parallel commuting along I-5, or the speed bumps at Target.

In fact, the trail doesn’t offer a chance to rev the H3’s much beyond its torque of 225 pound-feet at 2800 rpm or get the transmission out of gear. Nor can we tell you how the truck on fully inflated tires.

So the big for the Hummer H3 still lies when it confronts the everyday of its potential buyers, a world in the appeal of overall competence fades.

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