Hummer H2 – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Hummer H2

GM’s more Hummer gets its knickers down in Baja.

It doesn’t much in Baja California, but a good storm blows bad things can happen. You can get flash that make that with Moses and the Pharaoh’s at the Red Sea look like nothing than a problem with humidity.

There is evidence of hydraulic mischief as we work our way from the tiny village of El in southern Baja. Our route has horribly mutilated; there are two feet deep beneath us, and and boulders are strewn in an aggravating, fashion.

We are on the western side of the Sierra de la and we are following the route of the first 1000, run in 1967 from to La Paz.

Appropriately, our group is led by Rod Hall, the off-road racer Reno who competed in that event and who still races off-pavement. Hall is the only to have raced in every 1000, which indicates status for being in a rut, to say of washes, rock fields, and dry beds.

We have four Two are originals, made famous in Storm and now sold to civilians as the H1. The got so much recognition in the 1990s GM executives were frenzied envy and in 1999 teamed up in a agreement with AM General to a new GM brand, Hummer, with new such as this H2 wagon and a cheaper H3 expected in 2005.

The H2 is built in a new AM General-owned plant in Indiana, and all Hummers, including the H1, eventually be sold through Hummer dealerships.

We’re to try out the 2003 H2, which goes on this summer for a base of $48,800, less than what an H1 wagon costs. loads of unseen parts and from GM’s full-size-SUV — beefed up and modified to them worthy of the Hummer — makes this

There’s no mistaking the H2’s visage as anything but a Hummer, and actually a bit longer and taller the H1, but it weighs 750 pounds less and is 5.3 narrower, making it friendlier at the Two questions remain, though: How do the two compare, and is the H2 Hummerful enough?

as it is, the road we’re on is nothing than a minor inconvenience for the Hummer. With its 16.0 of ground clearance and fully suspension, the H1 requires less to tactics than the new H2. Instead of about the terrain, usually one glances, aims, and drives.


The H2, with about six inches of ground clearance, a bit more reflection when the gets really rough. about raising the center of kept GM engineers from more ground clearance. means that even an H1 could straddle a large with impunity, the wise H2 may wish to place a tire on the and drive over it instead.

The H1 has less front overhang and approach a far steeper bank the H2 (47.0 degrees with a on an H1 versus 43.6 degrees for a H2). Meanwhile, the 19.8-degree angle of the H2’s cousin, the means the Chevy driver had back up and find another way It can’t come close to the H2, less the H1.

Coming back down humps into the Arroyo San the winding, occasional river divides — and in a heavy probably conquers — our trail, the H2 is no more likely to … burn than the H1.

Day day we work through Baja’s remote and spectacular areas. For we thump, slide, and scramble rarely seeing other or people, at most passing a few cattle. We pick our way through scoot past abandoned and run along the top of a 2000-foot mesa provides a roof-of-Baja view.

Evenings we reluctantly emerge the splendid Baja nowhere and hotel rooms and cervezas not necessarily in that order. we chat with locals who are puzzled about why we shun good paved roads.

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