The 2006 Hummer H2 marks the fourth model year of GM’s response to the public disappointment over the Hummer H1 model. The H1 model looks bulky and proves unsuitable for daily driving, so General Motors and AM General went back and designed the H2 model and introduced it to the public in 2003. The H2 is smaller and more comfortable than the H1. It still remains a very capable offroad vehicle, but it has more of the comforts found in a traditional sport utility vehicle (SUV).
The 2006 Hummer H2 comes in only one body style with one trim level. Two packages give the H2 an array of features: the Adventure Series Package and the Luxury Series Package. However, the addition of feature-laden packages does not overshadow the fact that this truck better suits off-roading than city driving.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: H2 Base AWD
The 2006 Hummer H2 does not show any upgrades from the previous year’s model.
The 2006 Hummer H2 offers only one model with one trim: the base model. Standard equipment includes: a rear defogger, privacy glass, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear liftgate door, and a trailer hitch. The optional Adventure Series Package adds a front brush guard and a self-leveling rear air suspension. The optional Luxury Series Package deletes the air suspension, but adds chrome trim, a bushed aluminum roof rack, and tubular side steps. The sunroof provides an additional option.
The 2006 Hummer H2 retains the metal-box look of the H1, complete with the square corners, slotted grille, flat windshield, and grab handles. It looks very wide, measuring 81.5 inches. Because it stands 1.5 inches over the legal limit for clearance lights, the car comes with an overhead light bar with five lights in it. Hitch receivers on both the front and the rear allow you to hitch cargo such as boats or trailers. The heated outside mirrors have reverse-down and power-folding features to make this car more maneuverable when negotiating narrow spaces.
Standard features for the 2006 Hummer H2 base model include a three-passenger, second-row, heated, 60/40-split bench seat; a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel; dual-zone automatic climate control; eight-way power-adjustable heated driver and front passenger seats; a driver information center; and OnStar. The Adventure Series package adds an upgraded audio system, carpeted floor mats, and tool and first aid kits. The Luxury Series package adds leather upholstery, floor mats, and the audio system from the Adventure package. Other stand-alone options include a third-row bench seat and a DVD-based navigation system.
If you opt for the removable, folding third-row seat, you can increase the seating from five to six. The gauges look plain and easy to read and the dashboard features sprinklings of metallic trim. The seats feel comfortable and supportive and provide adequate legroom in the front and rear seats, even for taller people. With a 10-inch ground clearance, you have to hoist yourself up to get into the car if you do not get the optional two-step plates. Maximum cargo space totals 86.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is bit small considering the size of the vehicle.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Hummer H2 contains a six-liter, V-8, Duramax turbo-diesel engine that gets 325 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available remains the four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and the vehicle takes 10 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. The suspension system consists of a torsion-bar front suspension and an independent five-link rear suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers. The optional air suspension system self-levels the truck and lowers it to make a more comfortable ride when traversing offroad terrain.
The Hummer H2 has relatively quick, responsive steering and more controlled handling than the H1 model. The ride is tight, but not uncomfortable and the insulated cabin keeps the road and tire noise to a minimum. The 10-inch ground clearance makes this car unparalleled in its class for off-roading, which marks its main focus. It can easily traverse up a wet 60-degree incline and drive over a log that measures over one foot in diameter. The brakes feel powerful, and the anti-lock braking system makes emergency stops safer.
Standard safety equipment for the 2006 Hummer H2 includes anti-lock brakes, driver and front passenger airbags, traction control, a panic alarm, OnStar, and rear safety child door locks. It offers no airbags, and no government crash testing has been done.
EPA Fuel Economy
H2 Base: 9/12 mpg city/highway
- Superior offroad performance
- Unique exterior styling
- Comfortable seats and ride
- Optional third-row seat
You Won't Like
- Very poor fuel economy
- No airbags available
- Very pricey for the number of standard features
- Small cargo capacity for its size
The perfect vehicle for someone who wants an SUV dedicated to off-roading, with a few conventional SUV comforts.
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