The Hummer H2 is a large and unique ""sport utility truck (SUT)"" or SUV that was originally based on military all-terrain Jeeps and Jeep-type vehicles. The H2 is actually a smaller version of the H1, which more closely resembled a military vehicle. Still, the H2 is very large and actually heavier than the more athletic H1. Body styles include a four-door crew cab truck or a four-door SUV with a front-engine four-wheel-drive layout.
H2 application has been the center of some debate. It has a light-duty truck frame but a wider track firm that may offer more stability than other light truck SUV models. Testing has not been performed due to a specialized classification. GM, who marketed the H2 under the Hummer brand, labeled it both an off-road and general purpose vehicle. In use, it was used almost exclusively as a passenger vehicle on regular roads. Most of the positive feedback for the H2 stems from the uniquely rugged body, quality interior, range of standard and optional features, and the powerful engine.
Body Styles: SUV/SUT
Engines: six-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Hummer H2
The H2 SUT design is all new for the 2005 model year. This features a short truck-type bed in the rear as opposed to the boxier SUV model’s flat rear.
The 2005 Hummer H2 has a wide stance and sits high. The vehicle’s wheels sit at the far corners. The grill is surrounded by a sturdy safety bar. The H2 has large tires, side latches on the hood, the ladder-type frame has hydro-formed components, and the underbody has skid plates and other protections for the fuel tank and components. Some available accessories include a roof rack, a step to get in and out, and roof-mounted lights.
The H2 SUV can be fitted with a removable and folding third row seat for a maximum capacity of six occupants, otherwise all models seat five people. An eight-way power adjustable driver seat is standard along with front and rear heated leather seats. Other standard features include dual-climate control and a Bose audio system with Radio Data System technology.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Hummer H2 has a powerful, 325-hp, six-liter V-8 that can produce up to 365 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is good but not great due to the heavy weight of the vehicle. Merging and passing should not be a problem. All models get a four-speed automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul mode. The four-wheel-drive system includes a low range for rough terrain. It has a 40/60 percent front/rear torque split when in High Open mode, and this becomes a 50/50 split when transfer-case differential is locked. There are four modes total, all controlled by the driver, and a 33-1 crawl ratio can be activated for more perilous rock climbing.
Traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all 2005 Hummer H2 models. However, side-impact airbags are not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hummer H2: Not available
- Smaller dimensions than the H1
- Interior comfort
- Resale value
- Responsive steering
You Won't Like
- Fuel efficiency
- Getting in and out
A unique body style and a powerful engine loaded with features.
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