2010 HUMMER H3

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2010 HUMMER H3 Review

Bye-bye big boy

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Hummer H3 is available as a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) or truck (SUT) in four trim levels: Base Sport Utility, Alpha Sport Utility, Adventure Sport Utility, and Luxury Sport Utility. Equipped with full-time four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, the Hummer 3 base engine is a 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The Alpha trim has a 5.3-liter V-8 engine paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration is lackluster due a 5,000-pound weight, and the maximum towing capacity is rated at only 4,500 pounds. EPA estimated fuel economy is poor, with a 14 mpg city / 18 mpg highway rating. Safety ratings are not that great, either, earning only "Acceptable" in two categories of crash testing.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Hummer H3 gets only a few changes, including silver on the front bumper, a flexible-fuel capability, and the Appearance package.

Essentials

Engines: 3.7L I-5, 5.3L V-8
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Body Styles: SUV, truck
Trims: Base Sport Utility, Alpha Sport Utility, Adventure Sport Utility, Luxury Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Hummer H3 is more compact than the H2.

From the Inside

Standard on the Hummer H3 is a power driver's seat, air conditioning, cruise control, and an AM/FM/Satellite radio with CD player and MP3 connectivity. The trunk is 15.1 cubic-feet.

Driving Performance

Powered by a 3.7-liter I-5 engine with 239 horsepower and 241 pound-feet of torque paired to a five-speed manual transmission, the Hummer H3 offers an optional four-speed automatic transmission. Standard on the Hummer are full-time four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, and front and rear locking differentials. The H3 Alpha trim boasts a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Hummer H3 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), dual front airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, four-wheel drive, hill start off assist traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, and OnStar.

Gas Mileage

Base, Adventure, Luxury, Crew: 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway
Alpha: 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Comfortable seating
  • Capable off-road

Minuses

  • Five-cylinder engine performance
  • Lousy gas mileage
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Tight rear headroom and cargo space

Rating

Bye-bye big boy

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