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2009 HUMMER H3T Review
A formidable looking midsize crew cab .
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New for 2009, the Hummer H3T is a pickup truck version of the Hummer H3 SUV. The H3T is a midsize crew cab pickup truck that’s virtually identical to the 2009 Hummer H3. The main difference is the addition of a longer wheelbase and an open pickup bed in place of the usual wagon-style rear end.
The 2009 Hummer H3T is available in two trim levels: base and Alpha. The base model rolls on 16-inch steel wheels and boasts such features as full skid plates, air-conditioning, OnStar telematics, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, and power accessories. The sound system for the base version has six speakers, a CD player, and satellite radio. Opting for the Alpha version sees the addition of a beefy V-8 engine, alloy wheels, and embroidered headrests.
There are also two packages available for the base model of the H3T. The Adventure Package includes an off-road suspension, a shorter-geared transfer case for increased hill climbing and descending capability, front and rear locking differentials, and 33-inch special off-road tires. There’s also a Monsoon audio system with a six-CD changer. The Luxury Package also includes the Monsoon audio system along with leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, and larger floor mats.
The sole package available for the Alpha is the Alpha Leather Package. It features all the elements of the Luxury Package along with chrome wheels and chrome exterior trim. Additional options available for both the base and Alpha versions include a power sunroof, a dash-mounted six-CD changer, navigation system, and a rearview camera.
Engines: 3.7-liter inline-five, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hummer H3T, Hummer Alpha
The H3T is a brand new model for 2009. Largely based on the existing Hummer H3, the H3T featured a wheelbase that was expanded to be two feet longer and an open pickup bed instead of a wagon back.
The 2009 H3T boasts a ruggedly styled exterior that is very much in line with that of the Hummer H3. There’s an impressive-looking industrial grille out front, massive wheel flares, and windows that would look completely at home on an armored car.
With such a square-jawed, macho exterior design, one would expect the inside of the 2009 H3T to be equally handsome. But rather disappointingly, the interior of the H3T is a bit plain and underwhelming. However, build quality is solid, despite the fact that many competing models use nicer interior materials. Opting for the version with the leather seating does get you a nice two-tone color scheme complete with distinct piping on the seats.
One thing the interior of the H3T does have going for it is comfort. The seats in particular are comfortable despite a high beltline and low-profile window design that makes for poor outward visibility. Passengers sitting in the rear of the vehicle will find plenty of legroom and good back support. However, roof clearance in the back seat is low and taller passengers may feel a bit boxed in.
Performance & Handling
The base version of the H3T is powered by a 3.7-liter inline-five that’s rated at 239 horsepower and produces 241 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle’s standard transmission is a five-speed manual, and there’s also the option of a four-speed automatic.
Reviews indicate that the inline-five is decent enough for city driving but struggles when it comes to merging on the freeway and conquering inclines. The Alpha version offers improved throttle response.
The 2009 H3T has a longer wheelbase than the standard H3. This makes it harder to maneuver off-road unless equipped with the Adventure Package. Despite the vehicle’s respectable off-road capability, reviews indicate that the H3T performs decently well on pavement and is stable at high speed.
Standard safety features for all versions of the 2009 Hummer H3T include anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, and an OnStar communication system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hummer H3T, Alpha: 13/16 mpg city/highway
- Impressive look
- Comfortable interior
- Formidable off-road capability
- Decent enough ride quality
You Won't Like
- Dismal gas mileage
- Lousy outward visibility
- Base model’s five-cylinder engine is somewhat underpowered
A formidable looking midsize crew cab .
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