2003 HUMMER H2

  • 2003 HUMMER H2 Base Utility
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      316/360
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $48,455
  • 2003 HUMMER H2 SUV Utility
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      316/360
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $48,455
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2003 HUMMER H2 Review

A ridiculously flashy vehicle.

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Overview

When the 2003 Hummer H2 was introduced, it received a lot of public criticism for looking arrogant, flaunting military styling, and being environmentally unfriendly. Released shortly after 9/11, the American public was beginning to change its ideas about their world image. It's easy to see what Hummer was after; a smaller version of the expensive, yet strangely popular amongst the rich, Hummer H1. Yet the H2 still seemed somewhat obnoxious, for lack of a better word. But for those who aren’t deterred, there are a slew of things about the H2 that are good. It is great for off-roading enthusiasts, has ample power and ability, and the drivetrain is very reliable.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Hummer H2

What's New

The Hummer H2 was a new vehicle for the 2003 model year. It's was a smaller, easier-to-use version of the standard H1 model.

Exterior

The 2003 Hummer H2 is a scaled down version of its big brother, the H1. Some say that the H2 is a rebranded Chevrolet Tahoe, but this is far from accurate. It does have Tahoe underpinnings. Changes were made to the wheelbase, however. The overhangs were made as narrow as possible to allow the H2 the ability to climb and decline at steep angles without toppling. The narrow overhang also gave the H2 its distinctive high stance, making it perfect for serious off-road driving. The mechanics are also high up, ensuring that nothing touches any large obstacles on a path. The body itself is also distinct. There are plenty of boxy corners, giving the H2 a square and aggressive appearance, just like the H1. There are latches on the front fender that hold the hood down. The hood is also made of fiberglass, making it extremely light to lift.

Interior

The 2003 Hummer H2 is arranged like a typical SUV. However, unlike an SUV, the H2 only seats four passengers, if that. Ergonomics inside are pretty poor. There are power-adjustable front captain’s chairs, and a second row bench that seats three. Unfortunately, the jump seats are cut down to one due to the inclusion of a huge spare tire in the back. The spare can be removed to fit extra cargo, but it is inconvenient. Despite its high stance, the H2’s tubular steps helps shorter drivers and passengers climb into the vehicle easily. Inside, some customers will bemoan the fact that for a luxury price, several luxury features, such as leather, wood grain, and polished surfaces, are missing. However, there are a lot of other items, such as an amazing sound system and climate control, to remind buyers that they’re driving an expensive vehicle.

Performance & Handling

The Hummer H2 comes equipped with a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 316 horsepower and a huge 360 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a sturdy four-speed automatic transmission. There is also a full-time dual-range transfer case that distributes power amongst the drive shafts. It also boasts a driver selected rear differential locker and a throttle that detects when there is a lot of low-end torque being produced. Driving the H2 is a lot better than the H1. At least buyers don’t have to worry about getting through small streets as much as they do with the larger H1. It does, still, feel massive. The ride is a bit stiffer than what is found on its mechanical brother, the Tahoe, but it doesn’t feel uncomfortable. It is at its best when off-road. Steep inclines are a piece of cake. So are large bumps. However, the weight does cause some struggle for the V-8.

Safety

The 2003 Hummer H2 comes equipped with driver and passenger airbags in the front, anti-lock brakes, and integrated traction control. It also boasts Dynamic Brake Proportioning. This allows it to move forward even if it is only riding on one wheel, something that may occur off-road.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hummer H2 Base: N/A

You'll Like

  • Unbelievable off-road ability
  • Head turning styling

You Won't Like

  • Public perception
  • Abysmal gas mileage
  • Terrible street performance
  • Small interior space
  • Low in power

Sum Up

A ridiculously flashy vehicle.

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