2008 HUMMER H2

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2008 HUMMER H2 Review

Gets a major facelift, but still has dismal fuel economy and practicality.

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Overview

The 2008 Hummer H2 full-size SUV uses four-wheel drive and replicates the massive military Hummer off-road vehicle. It also sells as a sport utility truck (SUT). The main differences in the two concern the back end. The SUT has a small cargo bed area in back instead of a third bench seat. The H2 gets plenty of attention when it goes by due to its enormous size and unusual appearance. This also accounts for its overwhelming popularity. However, because the Hummer receives only minor design changes and due to the climbing price of gas, sales often decline. For this reason, Hummer makes numerous changes for the 2008 H2.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV, sport utility truck
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Hummer H2, Hummer H2 Adventure, Hummer H2 Luxury

What's New

The 2008 Hummer H2 maintains its unique exterior appearance. Only minor changes apply to the exterior. The previously black bumpers become silver, the grille slots widen, and the Hummer letters now sit on the mini grille below the main grille. The major changes occur under the hood and inside. It receives 68 more horsepower (making it 393 hp); a totally redesigned instrument panel; revised trim, controls, and panels on the doors; and new seats including a full third-row seat with room for two passengers. The instrument panel has softer surfaces and a center stack with new audio components and increased comfort in the seats. Full-length curtain airbags provide a new safety feature.

Under the hood sits a larger 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity increases and stability control joins the lineup.

Exterior

All H2s feature standard 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires and driver-selectable locking rear differential. The 2008 Hummer H2 has a fixed liftgate window and a rear liftgate door.

The H2 Luxury package adds a chrome appearance package, a brushed-aluminum roof rack, tubular side steps, a rear-view camera, and a sunroof.

The H2 Adventure package adds a self-leveling rear air suspension, giving it more off-road capabilities, in addition to a front brush guard.

Interior

The 2008 H2 has a less cluttered and more organized appearance to the interior. The color looks darker, which sets off the chrome pieces such as cup holder rings, the shifter, and the door handles. The formerly bulky plastic controls now use a smooth, rubber-like plastic and controls sit on the steering wheel.

The 200 Hummer H2 Luxury adds dual-zone climate control, rear seat controls, leather and power seats with memory, and heated front and second-row seats. Other features include satellite radio and remote ignition.

Performance & Handling

A 6.2-liter V-8 engine creates 393 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque when paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A dual range transfer case and electronic throttle control have calibration that is more gradual in low range.

The H2 proves easy to drive after getting used to the size. The steering with power assist feels easy and precise. On rough surfaces, the 2008 Hummer H2 experiences cabin shudder, and at 50 mph the cabin becomes noisy.

Backing up presents one of the main challenges when driving the H2. The view remains limited in back due to the small window and the full-size tire mounted on the rear. Luckily, an optional backup camera remains available.

The V-8 engine seems responsive without feeling heavily taxed. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smooth. Towing capacity totals 8200 pounds, and 1500 pounds more than before, and a Class III trailer hitch comes standard.

When braking, the nose dips, even when moderately braking. Like many large SUVs, the H2 takes up a lot of space when stopping.

Safety

The 2008 H2 now has roof-mounted side-curtain airbags, which activate by a rollover-sensing system. A tire-pressure monitoring system also provides a standard feature. Electronic brake assist detects an emergency braking situation and applies the maximum brake pressure to stop quickly and with more control. OnStar remains optional for the 2008 Hummer H2.

Other standard safety features include rear and front ventilated disc brakes and anti-lock brakes, a remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, fog lights, auto delay-off and dusk-sensing headlights, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hummer H2: N/A

You'll Like

  • Superior off-road capabilities
  • Distinctive style
  • Hefty V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

Gets a major facelift, but still has dismal fuel economy and practicality.

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