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1997 AM General Hummer Review

A military grade off-road vehicle available in the civilian market.

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Overview

The 1997 AM General Hummer is a repurposed version of a military vehicle developed for the civilian market. It's designed to allow soldiers to move quickly, easily, and reliably through almost any terrain. Although it's larger, tougher, and more powerful than almost anything on the road short of a full-sized truck, the performance can be a little underwhelming for roadway driving. It's designed mainly for off-road use, where the types of speeds and turns encountered in day-to-day driving are not generally possible. Some of the trade-offs made for better off-road performance and capability do not translate as well to roadway driving.

As a result, the 1997 AM General Hummer is primarily designed as an off-road vehicle. All of the major strengths are far more apparent in off-road driving, while most of the flaws are usually not issues when compared with similar vehicles. The AM General Hummer provides an interesting choice for off-road enthusiasts willing to pay a little extra for a military grade design, although drivers looking for a roadway vehicle are going to have to accept fairly lackluster performance in exchange for the large cabin size and durability.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.5-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: AM General Hummer SUV Hard Top, AM General Hummer SUV Open Top, AM General Hummer SUV Wagon

What's New

The 1997 AM General Hummer has had no major changes compared to the previous year’s model.

Exterior

The 1997 AM General Hummer is a massive vehicle that measures 75 inches tall, 86.5 inches wide, and 184.5 inches long. It's not surprising considering its military origins. The body design is purely functional, so it's not particularly attractive. Optional features include a camper and towing package, winch, and brush guard.

Interior

The 1997 AM General Hummer is massive, but standard features and accessories are lacking compared to most passenger vehicles. Despite the size, it only seats four under normal circumstances. Standard features include keyless entry, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, a heated windshield, a CD player, and a premium audio system.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 AM General Hummer performs better than it appears it would, but it's still an underperforming vehicle in most regards. The engine is underpowered for a vehicle this size, which results in poor acceleration and a very low top speed of 83 mph. While it turns surprisingly well, the six-foot width is awkward to handle. The original military vehicle was not designed for driving through rush hour traffic. The off-road capabilities are more impressive; it can get through terrain that would stop many other off-road vehicles.

Safety

The 1997 AM General Hummer receives standard anti-lock brakes. Despite the lack of safety features, it weighs about 6500 pounds, which makes a significant difference in any high speed impact. It's based off a military design, so durability and safety are factored into the design far more than the limited safety features would imply.

EPA Fuel Economy

AM General Hummer: 13/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Tough construction
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Extremely low gas mileage, especially for a diesel engine
  • High price
  • Low top speed
  • Poor acceleration
  • Poor handling

Sum Up

A military grade off-road vehicle available in the civilian market.

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