The Hummer H2 is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was produced by General Motors from 2003 until 2009. During its entire production run, the Hummer H2 was built in a specially-designed plant in Indiana by AM General.

The vehicle was built to provide a more comfortable and less expensive SUV than the original Hummer, which was renamed the H1 when the H2 was launched. Although the style and design of the H2 was very similar to the H1, it had different body dimensions. The H2 was narrower, but longer and heavier than the original. It allowed seating for five, six, or seven passengers, depending on the model.

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About the Hummer H2

The 2008 Hummer H2 vehicles underwent a redesign to the interior and were also fitted with a more powerful engine. The materials used for the interior, as well as its design, were updated and increased in quality. Still, many felt that the Hummers were significantly lagging behind the competition. As well as having the style of the interior modified, the optional third row of seating available for the Hummer H2 SUV could now seat two passengers instead of one. The 2008 Hummer H2 model saw the introduction of side curtain airbags as well as the previously existing front airbags.

The six-liter, V-8 engine was used in all the previous Hummer H2 SUVs. The sport utility truck’s (SUT) engine was replaced for the 2008 model. The new engine was a 6.2-liter V-8 that produced 393 horsepower—a significant increase over the 325 horsepower produced by the previous engine. The transmission was updated to a six-speed automatic transmission that came with paddles mounted on the steering wheel to allow for manual gear shifting. Due to the changes under the hood, the maximum towing capacity was increased to 8000 pounds. Few changes were made for the 2009 model, and almost no 2010 models were built since Hummer was discontinued.

Hummer H2 Features

Standard features found within the Hummer H2 include an anti-lock brake system, air-conditioning with multi-zone climate controls, an OnStar assistance system, power front seats with eight-way controls, 17-inch, alloy wheels, and a split-folding rear seat. Optional features that were available included a power sunroof, leather upholstery and heated front seats, third row rear seating, and a chrome appearance package. The Hummer H2 was fitted with front airbags, but side airbags were not available.

Throughout its lifetime, the Hummer H2 went through several modifications and adjustments for each model year. With the launch of the 2004 Hummer H2, a navigation system became available as a feature combined with the radio.

Hummer H2 Evolution

When the Hummer H2 was launched, it was fitted with the same engine found in the rest of the full-size SUVs manufactured by General Motors. The engine was a six-liter V-8 that produced 325 horsepower. It was coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. This engine and transmission combination was used in all Hummer H2 vehicles until 2008, when both the engine and the transmission were updated.

The Hummer H2 was fitted with an all-wheel-drive system that allowed for off-road use in all conditions. Low-range gear shifting and traction control for both on and off pavement driving enabled the Hummer H2 to handle even the most severe driving conditions. The standard seating layout provided seating for five people, but an optional third row of seating could provide seating for up to seven. Due to its size and weight, the Hummer H2 could tow up to 7000 pounds.

A high step-up can make it difficult for some passengers to get in and out of the Hummer H2. Also, the narrower width can make the rear seat uncomfortable up to for three adults based on their size. The third row of seating is small and is best used for children or teens. While this is a full-size SUV, the amount of cargo space is limited when the third row of seating is used. Also, the full-size spare tire takes up a lot of the cargo space found in the rear of the vehicle.

When the 2005 Hummer H2 was launched, it was joined by an SUT version. The rear portion of the Hummer H2 SUT was modified so that it had a pickup truck cargo bed instead of the covered rear as found in the SUV. The SUT version could seat five passengers only due to the addition of the three by five cargo bed. The rear seats could be folded to increase the length of the cargo bed to six feet in length. Both the SUV and the SUT versions of the Hummer H2 were in production until the line was terminated in 2010.

Select a HUMMER H2 Year

2009 HUMMER H2

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

There was a time when driving a Hummer was seen as a status symbol; owning a Hummer meant you were powerful and had money to burn.

2008 HUMMER H2

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2008 Hummer H2 full-size SUV uses four-wheel drive and replicates the massive military Hummer off-road vehicle.

2007 HUMMER H2

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

Due to fluctuating consumer tastes and volatile fuel prices, the 2007 Hummer H2 faces an uphill battle.

2006 HUMMER H2

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2006 Hummer H2 marks the fourth model year of GM’s response to the public disappointment over the Hummer H1 model.

2005 HUMMER H2

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

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.

2004 HUMMER H2

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2003 HUMMER H2

SUV, Utility/Offroad

When the 2003 Hummer H2 was introduced, it received a lot of public criticism for looking arrogant, flaunting military styling, and being environmentally unfriendly.